The white fan was just a temporary while I waited for a 140mm Xigmatek that could push nearly as much air as the 200mm fan that came pre-installed.
I wanted to build a machine that could be silent, look good, and perform well when put to the test. I knew I wasn't going to go crazy like I did with my other build, Avere Sangue Blu, so I decided to try my hand at a mini ITX machine that wasn't crammed into a briefcase like the N-L-C-B.
Overall, I cant hear it while playing games, but that's only after tweaking the H100i GTX pump in Corsair Link.
CPU: - i5 cores are great performance cores. I have always found them to be stable, powerful, and effective for machines that do not do any kind of extreme solving or processing. They make perfect gaming cores, and their price-point gives them a fantastic value for performance/cost.
CPU Cooler: - Corsair closed loop coolers are my favorite. When I saw a 100i GTX pop up on my news feed, I immediately wanted to use one.
For those who claim that this cooler is too noisy, and that the pump is going to rattle itself into pieces, I assure you, this is totally fixable. Corsair Link solved the issue for me immediately. I set the pump to quiet mode, rebooted, and done. There was no more noise from the tiny little pump.
My favorite feature is the RGB LED control. I can change the color to whatever I want, and even have it change color depending on the temperature of the CPU.
This unit is otherwise a monster of a thing. Even though the pipes are a little deceptive of their true inner diameter, their woven shielding and semi-flexible nature offers durable, competent, and awesome features to break up the usually bland and flat look of some builds.
Motherboard: - I had previously used this board in my N-L-C-B. I really like blue stuff. ASRock motherboards are awesome, and the layout of this one has yet to fail me. Not only does it look good, its build quality is amazing.
Memory: - Im a fan of Corsair Vengance, but now its gone Pro? Yes please.
Storage: - Those two SSDs wont be in Raid 0 like I usually have them. One will be OS and the other will be for applications. The Western Digital Black will be used for high speed storage.
- That WD drive is a great drive. I've used both the single platter and double platter models, and both are cheap and totally awesome.
Video Card: - GTX 980 FTW. This card is a monster. When the system starts, the fans spin up to 100% and slow down when Windows loads. They then stop, and don't even start spinning until the card hits 60C, at which point the spin slowly and quietly to keep the card under 70. I ordered a backplate, but it turned out to be the wrong model for a FTW PCB. Its important that you buy the right backplate if you choose to do so.
Case: - Phanteks has really made an awesome case. Its designed for full liquid cooling, but in this situation, it offers me adequate room for all parts, cables, and it looks sleek. This case is built for quality, all plastic parts are molded perfectly, and there aren't any poor design aspects of this case.
Power Supply: - Corsair HX Platinum certified, fully modular, blue. Seriously... I cant really say much about it besides its a good power supply.
BitFenix Alchemy Extensions: - These things are AWESOME. When they say precision molded, they mean it. They connected with the motherboard easier than any 24 pin connector ever.