This is an upgrade of my previous build (Quiet Raven) into a new case for the following reasons:
Overall I like that by using a SFX PSU the 980Ti has room to breathe. Before I was not able to touch the Raven case whilst or after gaming, plus the GPU will reach 83ish degrees with ease, and I am guessing the side of the case housing the GPU similar temperature. Not I am able to play with GPU temperatures of around 70, which is a massive improvement. The system is also much quieter during load.
During normal usage, to be honest the Raven case was silent with just the CPU fan (which in my case was a quiet Shuriken) and the PSU fan which will only spin sometimes (and I was not able to hear any noise!).
Few comments about the components:
CPU From previous build. Nothing that has not been said before, the 6700K is a solid CPU. I do not overclock as I just want a quiet system, but when I bought it I knew nothing about computers so I just followed another build from this website and a video featured in YouTube!
CPU Cooler New. This has to be install in any mini ITX build the last, or just before the GPU. Very easy to install once you aligned to holes with the two screws!!! The H5 Universal is perfect for this case as it maximises the height usage (160mm) and it just clears the ram. The fan seems very quiet normally just spinning at 760 rpm. Perfect buy!
Motherboard From previous build. Seems to be performing well. As I said before I do not overclock and I bought this motherboard following another build, could have purchased a more economic one at the time.
Ram From previous build. Purchased one which at the time seemed to have good reviews. It runs at 3000 with XMP on without issues.
M.2 Drive This motherboards does not fit a 2280 so I bought this during a trip to Singapore for what I thought was a good price. OS installed in this drive and from startup to windows screen does not take more than 3 seconds, so OK for me although I was not aware of this brand when I purchased it. I hope it last!
Note 1: With this case the drive has no space and is very tight pressing the plate - see in picture. No problem before with Raven case, the drive was fully accessible due to the larger cut-out.
Note 2: This was a component of my previous build which used to get very hot whilst gaming. Now it seems to hoover around 40°C whilst before around 60°C.
Samsung 850 EVO From previous build. Seemed to have good reviews so I bought it to install the OS before I purchased the M.2 Drive.
2.5" HDD Reused from a laptop I had which I replaced the HDD for a SDD. As it was of no use and I could not fit a 3.5" HDD into my previous build without modifications I decided to put it to good use. It seems to be working fine and I use it to store data and movies.
MSI GTC 980 Ti Gaming From previous build. Works ok for the games I play, at 1080p / 60Hz. I am not planning to upgrade in the next 12 months as I am happy with it for now.
Silverstone 600W SFX PSU From previous build. Put to good use in this build as I did not want to suffocate the GPU with a full size ATX PSU. I read some reviews of fan noise but to be honest I have not had any problems since March and I cannot hear a thing, no matter under load / no load (under load all I can hear is the GPU!)
Case Fans Two came with the case and I purchased another to fit at the front. It does not seem to make any different to temperature or noise, so I could done without this additional fan. Purchased a fan hub from AliExpress (I know!) for next to nothing, I hope it does not short-circuit anything.
Case Very good quality case, heavy, though panels, and I loved the noise insulation. It is very quiet which is what I was aiming for. A bit big for a mini ITX case but I do not mind as I have the space and it looks good.
Easy to build but to be honest I found it easier to build in the Silverstone Raven as I did not have to use any cable extensions and everything seemed to fit in place in that case which no option for coming up with new ways of routing the cables. In this Fractal Design Case you do have to think once or twice about cable management or the panel won't close! Also I am inexperienced so I found it a bit tricky.
I bought the case with no tempered glass as I just wanted a quiet system and the case is on the floor where you can't see anyway.
Cables I got the extensions on a bank holidays hence the colour not matching the rest of the build, this is all I could get that day and I did not want to wait to finish the build. In any case both panels are solid so you can't see what is inside.
English is not my first language so forgive me if the grammar is not good or the description is a bit long winded.