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This build is my 3rd, but first mini ITX build. Used mostly for gaming at 1440p.
i5 6600K This thing is a beast, but my previous CPU was an i5 3570K. I had both clocked at 4.2GHz and I only got about a 20% increase in speed in benchmarks and games. I have no doubt this will last a long time. Stays incredibly cool in this small case with the H55, staying in the 50C range when at 100% in a stress test.
Corsair H55 Smallest decently priced cooler that would fit in this case, does a great job. I can hear the pump working but its very faint compared to another part I will describe soon.
Asus Z170i PRO Gaming Mini ITX Nothing to complain about here, the board is very well laid out. BIOS is packed with features and all kinds of settings. I haven't had much of a chance to OC the i5 more than I have; which was as simple as turning up the multiplier. On board Wi-Fi is fast and even the little things like having a padded IO shield were nice additions.
Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB Nothing to write home about and nothing to complain about either. Very good value for money. I bought one stick so I can upgrade to 16GB easily in the future.
Intel 540s 240GB M.2 SSD I got this on special and I prefer using Intel drives for reliability. This thing is fast and the M.2 form factor was a big help in the small case.
Silverstone SG13 The reason this build is so small. I love this case, the layout is amazingly efficient. Not too much wrong here Silverstone really nailed it. The only complaint would be to include some thumbscrews for the top panel. Luckily I had some that where the right thread from my box of screws. The price for this is really unbeatable. I'd have happily payed even 50% more for it. If Silverstone ever made an aluminium version to keep the weight doen it would be an instant buy from me.
Silverstone SX500 SF PSU Now here is where the only negatives of the build are. You see in my country (New Zealand) the Corsair SF450 is sold out everywhere. So I decided to go with the Silverstone. It powers my build like a dream, HOWEVER there is a huge problem with this PSU that is apparently quite common. The fan is thermally controlled, and the PSU only needs the fan to spin slowly to keep it cool. GREAT you might think? A slow fan means not much if any noise. Well you're wrong; when this fans spins slowly it makes an awful clicking noise, similar to one you would hear on a mechanical hard disk that is searching. Its easily the loudest part of the build. I am keeping an eye on stock levels of the Corsair SF450 and will immediately replace this PSU with one. Other than that the cables supplied are a nice short length and it seems to be made of a high quality material.