Build was fairly simple and straight forward in the Corsair 380T.
If I had been thinking clearly I would have put the Ram sticks in prior to mounting the CPU Cooler, because dropping them in later was a mixture of working angles, having patience, and a little luck.
Fan mounting clips are a real pain for the Cooler Master GeminII M4 Cooler, to the point I would recommend leaving the Fan on to avoid having to mess with them. I stripped the fan off first thing to make mounting it a slight bit easier, but wished I had fought the urge to do it that way.
G. Skill Memory has no heat spreaders as it appears, that is actually just a sticker on the ram. Other than that it fired right up and ran at 2400 out of the box. I dropped an OC on it to 2666 for a bit and it ran fine. But since it is my parents Rig and stability is the Real Goal I dropped it back down just to ensure there are no issues since I didn't have time to do any stress test to validate an OC.
Toshiba 3TB for Mass storage does just that.. Stores Masses of things at a decent speed.
MSI GTX 960 2G is a pull from my youngest sons Rig since he got a GPU Upgrade to a XFX RX 580 8G.
Corsair 380T should be brought back to the market again. It is an excellent Case and travels well for anyone with small hands to wrap around the handle.
EVGA G3 750 is just a work of art. Plenty of Power, Dead Silent, Great Cabling, and plenty of accessory cables to hookup anything you should desire. Way Overkill for this build. But I got it at a good price and had it collecting dust, so figured I would put it to use.
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Intel Core i5-8400 For a 65W Chip this is truly amazing. It nearly keeps up with my 140W 5820K Chip and the iGPU will playback 4K after a bit of tinkering to get it setup with Linux. It also Mines AEON at nearly the rate of my 5820K, Cost Less, and burns way less power. Only thing I can knock on this chip is the temps run about 10 Degrees higher than any other Chip in the House due to the Poor Thermal Interface Material (TIM) that Intel used under the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS). It operates well within normal range though, so no throttling occurs, just warmer than others with better TIM. Only solution for the temp would be to De-Lid the Chip, apply a better TIM (or Liquid Metal), place the IHS back on and watch the temp drop 10 Degrees or More. Glad I did get the Locked 65W though, the Unlocked K series with a higher TDP may have heat issues because of the stock TIM quality.
Fan mounting clips are a real pain for the Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU Cooler, to the point I would recommend leaving the Fan on to avoid having to mess with them. I stripped the fan off first thing to make mounting it a slight bit easier, but wished I had fought the urge to do it in that manor. Cooler is LARGE, that is a 140mm Fan on there. On any Mini ITX Board you are limited to Low Profile Ram for sure. Stuff I used didn't even have heat spreaders and the sticks still barely fit. Board was an ASRock Z370 Mini ITX, and Ram was G.Skill Aegis. Corsair LPX will likely fit, but I have my doubts about anything else taller, especially in Mini ITX Form factor builds.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Motherboard Board does what it needs to do and the UEFI BIOS is easy to navigate. Wish it had another Fan Header or two, but with Mini ITX the board space itself limits what all you can have on there. Easy solution is to just run a Y-cable or a Fan Hub. Did a fast Memory OC from 2400 to 2666 on the G.Skill 2400 DDR4 and it seemed to take it just fine. Turned it back off before pushing the Rig out the door though because I didn't have time to validate stability of the OC.
G.Skill Aegis 16G 2 x 8G DDR4 2400 Low Profile Ram As Low Profile as DDR4 can get. These have no heat spreaders, just a black and red sticker covering up the sides. Dropped it in an ASRock Z370 Mini ITX Board and it took off and ran just fine. Also did a quick OC to 2666 by just selecting that speed and it ran fine. I didn't have time to validate stability with an OC though, so just dropped it back to stock 2400 before shipping the system out the door.
Crucial MX300 275GB M.2 2280 SSD Stick Performed on par with or better than my Samsung 850 Pro 256GB drive. Blazing Fast on the ASRock Z370 Mini ITX board with an i5 8400 chip. Boots in mere seconds with Linux Mint 18.3 on it. Nothing to complain about. If you are in the Market for an Price to Performance SSD the MX300 is a solid choice, no need to look anywhere else IMHO..
Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM spinning rust Fast for a spinning disk and is currently retaining data just fine. Can't ask for much more IMHO. Comes Bare, no Sata Cable, mounting hardware or Anything of the sort. So just plan ahead for that..
MSI GTX 960 2G is Overkill as mentioned prior and makes a truly awesome HTPC Card that also looks good in the process. Make no Mistakes. These Cards are NOT Small. It takes up a FULL Two Slots in the Case, and the Length extends out fairly long. BUT this is the price you pay for a Great Cooler on your Graphics Card. Just like the HUGE CPU Heat sink, if you want your GPU to be Cool, it has to have a Huge amount of Surface area to dissipate the Heat also.. These Cards Mine Monero at roughly 250 H/s each with stock BIOS and No Over Clocking. When Mining they run at roughly 50C with the Fans set at 60% speed while drawing only 52 Watts of Power.. Plays back two 4K Videos, or 4 1080p with no issues. Also games fairly well at 1080p.
Corsair 380T Minit ITX Tower Case - Discontinued The build was fairly simple and straight forward in the Corsair 380T. The Corsair 380T should be brought back to the market again. It is an excellent Case and travels well for anyone with small hands to wrap around the handle. Integrated Fan Controller works for up to 3 Fans. Layout was easy to work with. Cable Management was a bit of a chore, but that is kind of the nature of Mini ITX most of the time. Love the in the Case White LED Light with switch to show off the CPU Area. Just don't let my folks know this case sells for over $400 now that it is discontinued Grin..
EVGA G3 750 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular ATX is just a work of art. Plenty of Power, Dead Silent, Great Cabling, and plenty of accessory cables to hookup anything you should desire. Way Overkill for this build. But I got it at a good price and had it collecting dust, so figured I would put it to use. There is a reason Miners are grabbing these up by the handful, the cables alone make it Top Notch compared to other lesser Power Supply Units. Have 2 of these running in Rigs so far, and won't hesitate to use another for my next build. Highly recommend not passing these up if you can get them for anything under $120, Seriously...