This is my second ITX build in a year. I will use the PC for light gaming and HTPC. I chose to use Ryzen 2600 as my CPU due to all the positive reviews online, cost, and TDP of 65W. Since this is a SFF build, I figured the low TDP will go well with this build. I purchased the CPU on a Black Friday sale for $150, which was a great deal back then.
I've always been a big fan on Noctua products and that's why I chose NH-U12S as a CPU cooler. I could have used the Stealth cooler which came w/ the CPU, but I wanted to overclock the CPU to 4.1 or 4.2 GHz if I'm lucky. So far I manged to OC to 4.1 GHz with no issues. I need to play around a little more to see if I am able to OC to 4.2 and remain stable. The only issue I had w/ the cooler is during the installation w/ the NM-AM4 SecuFirm2 mounting kit. It took me a few tries to install successfully. Other than that I am happy with my choice of CPU cooler.
I went with Asus ROG Strix B450-I as my motherboard for this build. I was able to get this motherboard on sale at Newegg right before Black Friday. It was on sale w/ an additional coupon code for roughly $120. Another great deal for the this build. It has awesome VRM for an ITX board with a 6+2 phase. Better than some ATX motherboards. Not to mention it is a good looking board. Overclocking w/ the UEFI was a breeze which is expected from Asus motherboards. My only complaint is the M.2 slot in the bottom of the board. It shares bandwidth w/ with the only PCIE slot.
I chose XPG SPECTRIX D41 16GB over CORSAIR Vengeance LPX. XPG was on sale for $109 w/ shipping and tax included. Plus I was mesmerized by the RGB :P I overclocked the memory to 320o mhz w/ no issues. Overall I'm happy with this selection.
XPG SX8200 PCIE NVME GEN3X4 M.2 2280 480GB is setup as my boot drive. This disk was on sale for $92.11 on Black Friday, which was a great sale at the time. Samsung EVO is slightly faster, but for the money I think I got a good deal. Boot time is super fast and cloning my boot disk was smooth.
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Mini is perfect for this case. Since a good number of people are complaining about thermals on the Raijentek Metis Plus, I can use the extra room for air flow. Per the reviews on this card, it's up to par to the founders edition in regards to performance. Even though the fans are always spinning, it's fairly quiet.
*work in progress