In the last build I talked about doing a full loop water cooled ITX build. Well that build is still being worked out and pieced together. I wanted to try a slightly larger ITX case to jump into the R9 series GPUs while retaining a CPU liquid cooler. This entire build draws around 300w of power.
CPU: Core i5 4690 3.5GHz, it does a good job and I wanted a mid level Intel Core chip for this build. I understand most people will figure that this board is for overclocking and hence the water cooler, so why the locked CPU? Well I already had the CPU and I chose that over the unlocked Pentium that I have simply for local resale value. If the buyer knows what they are getting they can leave it as is for good performance or they can upgrade and OC all they want.
CPU Cooler: I used the Seidon 120V in my last build which was MUCH smaller than this build and it worked flawlessly so I had a second go with this cooler! Excellent cooler and looks good.
Motherboard: Awesome little ITX board that has a number of high end features and is my favorite Intel ITX board.
Memory: 8GB of DDR3 1866MHz memory of the Kingston Fury flavor. Great ram!
Storage: 128GB mSata SSD running Windows 10 Tech Preview mounted on the underside of the motherboard in the standard length msata port. Solid and fast!
Video Card: I could have found a better or cheaper alternative to the R9 270 that I picked out but it fit the blue and white theme that I had in mind when I started the build. It's a pretty good card and handles games without much stress.
Case: The Core V1 is very versatile and I was able to mount a SFX PSU into this case with the adapter plate that came with the PSU and it worked out really well for better underside cable management.
PSU: I had a second go round (used in my last build) with this lovely little 500W SFX PSU from Silverstone. It's a bit pricey but it includes so many features that are well worth the price! A breeze to install and cable management is made much easier in a case such as the one in this build.
I threw in a couple of 80mm UV case fans from Coolmax that I picked up at my local MicroCenter for about $6 each and they look awesome!
I'm running Windows 10 Tech Preview and love the direction that Microsoft is taking with the new OS as well as DirectX 12 !!!
Altogether I think this build turned out quite nice and we will see what kind of value it has when I put it up for resale in the next few days.