Long time builder first time poster and after using the website for many years now I felt it was time to give back to the community!
When I first set out with this new build there were a number of things I wanted to do.
1) It was going to be mITX
2) It was not going to sacrifice performance due to size
3) It was going to look good
4) It was going to be purple!
I spent probably about 2 months collecting parts as I needed them to either be a neutral color or fit the theme of the build.
I was getting tired of lugging the full tower around every time I took the PC out for LAN's which was the main deciding factor behind the mITX build. I may consider a full water cooling loop setup later down the track but at this stage its just the AIO for the cpu.
Now that its built I plan to do some over clocking eventually phase 2 will be the full watercooling loop!
Great CPU was only $5 more than the i7 Skylake so it was a no brainer since I had a z270 board.
Would of liked to have got the NZXT Kraken X52 however since I think I'll eventually create a full water cooling loop i decided to go with the cheaper option. Still performs quite well with temps around 50 degrees C.
Cheapest thermal compound at the store does the job.
What a dream of a motherboard! I second I saw it I knew this was the one. z270 mITX form factor and colour neutral with a ton of built in features. Also had the RGB header too which was a nice touch.
I wanted to get the tridentz and I'm sad I didn't. I ended up taking off the red clips on the RAM cause honestly it just ruins any type of theme you are going for unless its red of course. RGB header is mandatory if want any other colours besides RGB. Cables were a pain to install. If you are looking for RGB ram its worth the extra money to have all these features built in.
What an absolute BEAST! Windows boots in 6 seconds from start to finish. Big enough to install all my main games. PC is super quick really happy with it.
Cheap storage for downloads and media
Waited a month for this to arrive and boy was it worth it. Would of got the standard model however I wanted to be RGB to fit my theme so ended up going with the FTW edition. I was torn between a 1070 and the 1080 due to budget but I'm really glad I found the bit extra for the 1080.
One of the best cases i've worked in and the first mITX. Never felt like I didn't have enough room and plenty of places for cable management. Only problem is the window is pretty poor quality and I managed to scratch it accidentally, would of liked to see some tempered glass as alot of cases are doing that now days.
The case says it will fit 160mm PSU's but don't be fooled. I wouldn't go anything over 140mm as the cable management is quite close to the end of the PSU. I ended up going with a SFX PSU which required a backing plate to install. This was to give the GPU some extra breathing room. With a ATX power supply the PSU would be right up against the fans of the GPU.
Cheapest operating system I could get
The theme was purple and I wanted that added touch. I swapped over the radiator fans for these guys and I'm quite happy with the result.
Swapped out the included case fan with this one to match the purple theme.