Apparently "A.S.S." is a naughty word.
I have built 2 computers in the past, one inside of an Antec Super Lanboy case and the other in a Thermaltake Xaser 3 Super Tower. Both systems were built for gaming. After moving from the Antec Super Lanboy to the Xaser 3 I learned to appreciate the lightweight and quiet aspects of the Lanboy case. Later I fell for Apples marketing scheme and bought a 2010 15" MBP specced out. Years later while going through school the MBP started having kernal panics. I called Apple and explained the issue. It was elevated to a supervisor and after many phone calls later eventually an engineer. Apple said it was most likely a software issue and left me to figure it out. After some Google searches, I found Louis Rossman who explained the very issue and how to repair it in his YT videos. Done deal, bought the capacitor and taught myself how to use a soldering iron, hot air gun and surface mount soldering techniques. Boom, laptop fully repaired and has never had a kernal panic since! I still wanted a newer computer to edit photos and videos with, but after learning about the right to repair and the dirty tactics Apple uses against repair shops, I knew it was going to be a computer I built myself.
What did I want out of a new computer?
After using a laptop for 5 or so years, I knew I wanted it to be quiet, compact, yet powerful. I feel a case sized for regular ATX boards takes up too much valuable real estate and began to look at small form factor PCs. This eventually led me to find the Louqe Ghost S1. I looked at their site, which is very professional, but I knew they were a startup and was hesitant. Especially when you read the fine print which stated something close to "Adding the case to your cart and purchasing the case doesn't guarantee you will receive the case." After exchanging a few emails with their support team, I decided to take the risk and wait for the final product. Originally, I wanted a liquid cooled build within the Ghost, so I purchased all the Top Hats for the case too. I began to read all Louqes cooling tests and decided to eliminate the liquid cooling altogether. Too much to go wrong... Failing pumps, leaky connections, changing of liquids. Nope not going to happen. Keep It Simple, Stupid! In Louqes tests, they mention a CPU heatsink that performed the best for them. After a couple Google searches I found out the CPU heatsink is no longer made and has already been replaced by a new model that won't fit the Louqe case. More support emails. Louqe assured me that they have enough pull and that Noctua was going to rerelease a small batch of that particular CPU heatsink, and if I stayed up to date with the progress they would notify me when it was released. What kind of customer service is this? This is rare for today's day and age! Sure enough, they sent out a notification! To Be Continued... :D