Alright everyone, it’s time for me to build anew. My budget i3 build from a few years ago isn’t cutting it, and I am going all out. Well, a little all out.
I’m building a small-form-factor PC that will be out on display in my living room. I’ve already piked up an NCase M1 that is sitting in my living room eagerly awaiting parts. Obviously, part selection gets interesting in a case this small. My biggest concern (and the centerpiece of my build) is a brand spanking new 1080.
Recommendations in small cases are always for blower-style coolers rather than the more standard aftermarket options, and the best blower cooler is the reference design, which means a FE card, which means over-paying for lower clocks. That just doesn’t seem right. I also can’t put a hybrid card in this case. The horizontal clearance won’t work with the common design on those cards of the tubing come straight out the top of the card. What’s left is venting the card’s heat into the case with a standard cooler. Does the lower TDP on the 10-series cards make this workable now?
In general, I’m leaning towards an i5-6600k / 16GB DDR4-3200 / 500GB NVMe M.2 for the other pertinent specs, though Auth really wants me to drop an i7 in instead. I’m open to critiques, recommendations, and anything else that comes up. In return, I promise to deliver pics of the build.
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9S 46.4 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For $60.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card ($699.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply (Purchased For $120.00)
Monitor: Acer XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 165Hz Monitor ($799.00 @ B&H)
Other: NCase M1 (Purchased For $230.00)
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