I'm a big sucker for a well-designed case and I've been itching to put together a decent ITX size build since I first started building PCs (thanks PCPartpicker).
I've built in the Node 202 (not for me) and the NFC S4 Mini (beautiful but troublesome), but this LOUQE Ghost is something else entirely. I can not stress how easy of a build this was and how well-designed this case is. The top grill is held in by magnets and both aluminum sides slide right up and off. The center body is sturdy as hell, and once any part is mounted, it is held firm and secure.
Little touches like the locking slide that holds the GPU in place to use of hex screws all around (every case maker please do this--let's stop stripping screws), make this case something to behold build-wise. Honestly, the build itself was almost boring because it was so easy to access everything and took maybe 45 minutes of actual work. Expandable features like Top Hats (see their website) add to the expand-ability of the case. My mind is reeling at where I may go with a build with this in the future.
Parts-wise, I wanted to make things a little special. I went all out for the 9900K because I'm a sucker, but I'm impressed with it so far. The ROG Strix z390 is a gosh darn beautiful motherboard with a beefy IO shield. The Corsair Dominator Platinum are the special edition "Torque" versions that I have been looking for an excuse to use for ages. I LOVE THEM. I really can't explain how cool I think they look. I'll probably try to tie them into the build more by getting some custom PSU cables.
And of course I used a Noctua cooler because they are the true apple of my eye. See this other build of mine to understand: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/hxD8TW
I would have used the NH-L12 version of the Noctua cooler that LOUQE recommended, but between the Dominator Platinum's and the bulky IO shield on the z390, I had to go with this smaller L9x65. There's only a couple mm of clearance between the fan and case. I don't plan on overclocking really, given the amount of power in there already.
I couldn't decide whether to use a Titan XP or Founders 2080ti for the GPU. Ultimately the Titan won out because of the blower-style design. I'll do some tests with the 2080ti to see how temps work out, but I like the case/gpu/color name combo it lent me.
All in all I love this case. I'm considering tinkering with a watercooling design and the Top-Hats in the future, I got them as part of being a kickstarter early backer. I picked up a second nickel top grill that is in a few of the photos, but I think I prefer the black version.
What do you guys think?
Let me know if you want photos of the top hats or other arrangements. I'm just starting out testing the thing. There's a comparison photo at the end for you between this, a CaseLabs BH4 and a Corsair Carbide 400C to give you all an idea of scale.
Thank you pcpartpicker and the community on here! You guys rock!
UPDATE: I added timespy scores for the 2080ti Founders and Titan XP. My initial impressions were correct about temps with the 2080ti. CPU side was warmed by a few degrees C. I'd be comfortable running it if I added some throughput fans with a tophat. The Titan XP definitely looks better with the way the build has come together.