This is my fourth custom build and my first time building with an ITX form factor. Each component was chosen with two factors in mind: aesthetics and performance. I'll be using this to play games on a 144Hz 1080 monitor and for office and multimedia use. My new daily driver. Hope you guys really dig it. Let me know if you agree with my rationale or would have done something different.
The color palette was inspired by Kyle's (from Awesomesauce Network) "Hotline" build, but it also reminds me of the colors of GTA VC and Miami in the 1980s. Not sure if I'm going to stick with this theme or not. For the look of the components, I didn't want to go too crazy with lighting, but I wanted my first round of components to have RGB capability and to otherwise be a neutral color, so that I could find a color scheme that I liked and order matching fans, PSU cables, and an RGB LED accessory like the HUE. In my last few builds, I've gravitated toward cases from Fractal and NZXT. My second and third rigs were housed in the Define R4 and S340, respectively, both of which I found to be quite pleasing due to their Scandinavian simplicity and clean lines. The choice was ultimately a toss up between this and the NZXT Manta. I went with the Nano S because it was cheaper, took up less room on my desk, and my local Micro Center doesn't carry the Enthoo Evolv ITX :-( I love the support for liquid cooling and general jam packed feature set. Overall, I'm quite happy with how the whole desk setup looks, though I do need to do some serious desk cable management.
Nothing to say here, really. I got the 6600k because it's enough to handle gaming and overclocks pretty well (even though the motherboard I chose doesn't have VRM cooling and throttles when benchmarking). Meets every one of my needs and stays quite cool with the Kraken X41.
I didn't want to spend too much, wanted a neutral color, and wanted a Z170 chipset for its overclocking capability to pair with the unlocked i5. This board met every one of my needs, but falls short as an overclocker due to its use of a 3+1 power phase design and its lack of passive cooling on the VRMs. I haven't attempted to overclock it yet; I'll wait until I add a few heatsinks to the VRMs to try and mitigate damage to board's power design. Other than this, I'm ecstatic with this board. Nice UEFI, PCIe m.2 support for the future, dual gigabit LAN, solid audio, BT/WiFi, what else can you ask for at $130?
I waited to build this in anticipation of the Pascal series launch, and I'm so glad I did. Not only is the 1070 a fantastic card for 144Hz 1080p gaming at Ultra, but the Strix has those nifty RGB lights, stays INSANELY cool, and comes with a factory overclock in games of 1961 Mhz. It also looks pretty effin' dope, if I may say so. Love the backlit ROG logo on the backplate when its dark.
It was black and it was DDR4. It was the cheapest, too. Yay.
I figured 500GB was good enough to start off with. I'm going to most likely pick up another (Micro Center is selling these things for $110 atm), in addition to adding a PCIe m.2 ssd when the price goes down a bit. I don't intend on using a spinning HDD in this one.
This is my first EVGA power supply and I'm astounded that I'm got 80+ Gold efficiency, a fully modular design, and a no fan mode in low power use scenarios, and all for $80! Well done, EVGA (though I believe the GS Supernovas are actually made by Seasonic). Still, a great product.
I could keep going but my fingers are getting tired and I don't even know if anyone's going to read this. Let me know if you guys have any comments/suggestions for future upgrades. I plan on adding more SSDs, CableMod PSU cables, and an RGB LED strip, though that's probably about it. Thanks for checking it out, and as always,... MAY YOUR FRAMERATES BE HIGH AND YOUR TEMPERATURES LOW. PCMR.