Some history on the build:
I built my previous PC in December of 2012 and have slowly upgraded parts over the years. Mainly the peripherals and the GPU. However since last summer I noticed that the computer started to lag behind in games even with the new GTX 1070 (At the time). Thats when the idea of a rebuild began floating around in my mind. Right away I knew I wanted to go smaller in size without missing out on any performance (which isn't a problem with the tech nowadays). With that being said the case was the first thing I had to decide and at the time the one company that I trusted for the price with a case that appealed to me was fractal design with their Nano S. I knew out of all the cases on the market that it was the case I would use for my next build. (One could say that the case in my situation was the most important piece seeing as there was only up with the rest of the tech) At that time though cases with Tempered glass began to pick up in popularity and I thought to myself "how good would the Nano S be with a tempered glass side panel"...... it was perfect. So I decided to wait and see what hit the market as I was in no rush, I was using the other computer for 4 years, what was a couple of months. Fractal came out with their TG and Meshify line and it only boosted my hopes for a TG itx case. (There were other cases such as the Ncase M1 and Dan A4 that really caught my attention but I decided......na)
Anyways fast forward quite a while and NZXT announces their H-Series line of cases. Boy was I happy to see that they made the H200i. It was just what I was looking for as it had the right improvements over the Nano S, mainly PSU Shroud and TG side panel. So I put it on the list and thought about it. I really respect the quality of both companies but always thought Fractal just put in the extra effort so that you get the best bang for your buck. Due to that fact I decided to hold out even longer thinking what if Fractal competes. I said to myself as soon as I buy the H200i they will release the case that I was asking for. Thankfully that hasn't happened .......yet.
Now that you know a little history behind the build lets discuss the parts used. (Ill try my best to put information that may also help those that know nothing about building a PC and the components / do's and donts (before you buy kind of thing))
CPU - Originally I was planning to go for either the 8700(non k) or maybe try a ryzen build as I haven't used AMD since Bulldozer. I even considered the i5 8400 due to it being a 6 core and also being cheap while providing great performance for gaming. Then came Amazon Prime day and I saw a deal I couldnt pass up on. The 8700k for $299 less than what the non-k variant was going for and decided to click-click and confirm order. Never looked back and have no complaints to report (knock on wood). Obviously this is way more than I need currently for gaming (even at 1440p) but it will be nice to have the extra performance/headroom as time passes (Less likely to need an upgrade so soon compared to my previous i5) (3570k was great for the time)
CPU Cooler - Pretty straight forward here, I just wanted a good bang for you buck cooler. Once I "decided" on the 8700k I knew I would need something that could tame the beast. I loved the look of the nzxt kraken aio's and also the design and performance of the coolers that cryorig creates. however things got a little complicated with me wanting to go itx and so I had to be careful with the cooler that I got, specifically the size. Thats when I decided I would get the U12s due to its performance and relatively small size. The U14s would of course be a better cooler and I do think it would fit in the case (Now having worked with it) however I didn't want to risk it and I hadn't seen anyone else using the cooler with the case so I thought at best it would be pressing against the TG side panel. After testing the U12s Im satisfied with the performance as it easily (in my books, opinion and relativity) keeps the i7 cool. I was thinking to undervolt (may still do) but for the time being I just have it boosted on all cores to 4.7 and it is having no problems keeping in the 60's or lower under load (Gaming).
Motherboard - Nothing much to say here as there aren't many z370 itx motherboards on the market to begin with. I knew it needed to have wireless capabilities and at least 1 m.2 slot. Other than that I didnt really care who manufactured it as most companies have stepped up there game in terms of quality since I last built a computer. Anyways the Strix is running smoothly and my only gripes would be the bios (it can be a little clunky/cluttered at times) and that it only comes with 3 fan headers (yeah yeah not a big deal but still)
Ram - I knew I wanted a faster kit seeing that my last build had 1600 in it. I also knew I wanted something that was pleasing to the eyes. When decided that I wanted (mostly) a white and black build, I began to look for ram with a white body. RGB doesn't really matter to me (its an addition that I wont say no to but its not necessary). That being said I was sticking with the white corsair lpx ram until I came across the White Corsair Vengeance ram. Not much else to say as the LPX was quickly removed and the Vengeance was slapped in the build/cart. (The Gskill trident rgb ram did look very nice but didn't have a white version) No complaints so far, I have left them at 3200 with xmp and don't plan to push them any further. 16gb-3200 is much better than the 8gb-1600 ram in my last build.
Storage - I knew that I would only be using solid states in this build, whether it was one or multiple. In my last build I used Samsung's 840 pro and never once ran into an issue with it. That was a 128gb ssd that maybe cost $120 at the time. You can see how much has changed in terms of pricing. Anyways, with Samsung not failing me in my last build I decided to either get there 860 evo or try an m.2 drive. I knew I wanted my main storage to be an ssd so that meant that the drive would have to be at least 500gb. Going back to pricing differences, now you can buy a 512gb ssd (from Samsung at that, a company known for being on the expensive side) for the same price or less than what I payed for a 128gb ssd. In the end my eye was too big and I saw the 970 evo. Price no object..... I just wanted a reliable and fast 1tb ssd, so I got it. That may sound negative however theres nothing wrong with the ssd. In fact its crazy fast however there are cheaper and just as fast options from companies such as Crucial and WD (even in the m.2/NVMe market). All Im saying is do your research as NVMe's in particular can become quite expensive and there comes a point when the big performance difference you see in benchmarks doesn't translate to other normal tasks. (HDD to SSD you will notice a difference easily but Sata SSD to m.2 and Sata m.2 to NVMe the difference will be negligible in most cases)
GPU - Only going to say that the reason I got the 1070 so cheap is because my cousin sold it to me as he was upgrading to a 1080ti. I couldn't pass up the offer as the performance increase over my old Radeon 7950 was night and day.
Case - I wont write too much about the case as I discussed it so much above in the build history but I will say that the case met my expectations and never really fell short anywhere. Keep in mind that there are 2 versions, the I and then the Non-i version which I amusing here (Difference between smart hub and no smart hub)
PSU - Knew that with the small case and the PSU shroud that the GPU may become choked for air so I decided to go with an sfx psu. Gamer nexus did a good video (Always does good stuff) on this in the h200 case. PC Partpicker says that there is an issue the the PSU due to it being sfx andmost tower cases needing a bracket to accommodate such a PSU. The h200 however comes with one preinstalled so don't let it trick you.
Fans - Wanted something that had good performance without turning the computer into a jet about to take off on the runway. Saw the good reviews on the corsair ML series fans and also really likes the look of the fans with the white anti-vibration dampeners on the corners. The eloop took a little more research, I knew of noiseblocker (used a lot with watercooling) but I wasn't sure which would be the best to get to pair with the U12s. Finally decided on the B12-2 due to again its performance to noise level ratio. Personally I love the look of the eloop when the pc is on as the design makes the rotation flow look smooth and simple. (pictures may not do it justice but the way the light shines on it also looks fantastic) No complaints on any of the fans and all are running as best as they can with my current settings.
Peripherals, Accessories & ETC - The monitor I have had for some time now and it has worked beautifully since day 1. Its much faster and more responsive compared to my previous 1080p 60hz monitor from HP. I have been using the CM Quickfire for the longest out of the reused parts. This keyboard has given no problems and has been great for me seeing as I don't really have that much desk space (Don't use number pad, weird I know). I bought an M65 at the same time I bought the keyboard and used it up until about a month or so ago it began to act up and intermittently disconnect it self. I bought another one as besides that issue I loved how it felt and performed for me personally. Ill say it here while I remember but all of these peripherals (monitor included) are very subjective and you really have to try them in person to know if they are right for you. I refused to order a headset without testing their comfortability for myself as going off of what other people deem comfortable or of having great sound quality has backfired majorly on me in the past. (No one person is the same so a pair that you think are good may not be good for me) I was originally going to get the GSP500's from Sennheiser but couldnt find anywhere selling them with a pair out to test. So I ended up testing 10+ headsets before deciding to get the Voids. I was skeptical about the mesh material on the earcups at first but after trying them I realized the fit both my head and my ears the best. Plus they were wireless so I ended up picking them instead of all the others that I scoped out. (These weren't even on my list to be looked into) Again try to try these things out before you make a purchase only to be disappointed. The puck is a nice and cheap way to get your headset off the desk and the EKWB heatsink was decided upon after reading reviews and comparisons with NVMe storage in mind.
Other Notes - Building this PC was a blast and much easier than I expected. There were times where either the cable wasn't positioned properly or my hands were to big and clumsy to plug in or fasten a part. I have only been up and running for a few days now but I can say that other than R6 Siege, I am having no issues with the computer.
I tried my best to get decent pictures but I only have my smartphone so apologies for the quality on some of the photo's. Its hard to see but I have a black, white and red color scheme going on. The ram is current set to have 1 stick as white and the other as red. Its looks great in person but I don't think it comes across that way in the photo's if at all.
The title by the way (if you hadn't guessed it already) is referencing Tremors. A movie series near and dear to my heart. Lets just say the Graboids upgraded but downsized. If you haven't watched at least the first 2 then I suggest you do.
Please feel free to comment and critique. Let me know if you have any questions or would like advice/help on a build or if you have questions about a specific part or piece of tech and I will try my best to explain and assist. (Thats what this site is for right)