First of all, just so you know, I do not play World of Warcraft. My wife, however, does. So this build is for her. If I got something wrong, I apologize in advance. My wife's job has her working out of state for now and she has been using an AMD computer I had built 8 years ago. Definitely time for an upgrade, especially since the new WOW is coming out. Initially, I wanted to give her my METIS, but she was not felling the white case.
I wanted to use the new Lian-Li pc-q38 itx case for this build. I saw pictures of it online and waited for it to be available. I made a few modifications to the case, mainly to help with cable management. I believe if you are gonna use a windowed case, you should put in the effort to make it look somewhat tidy. This case was definitely not designed with cable management in mind. It was a little larger than I expected especially after building in a METIS.
This is not a power rig by no means. I figured that since my wife mainly plays WOW and Age of empires, this would be plenty capable. at first I was gonna use a I5 6600 that came out of my metis but went with a I5 7600 locked processor because it has a 65 watt TDP and cooling it would be simple. I ended up using the 6600 in my nas. I went with the Noctua NH-DL9 because of the great reviews, memory compatibility and it looks cool. The fan that came with it, not so much. I used an ARTIC F9 fan because it looks like a noctua redux fan but with better performance. This cooler works exceptionally well and is really silent, especially for this processor.
For a video card, I originally went with a ZOTAC gtx 1070ti mini. I have been waiting for this card and got one as soon as it came out. I guess with all the hype about not being able to overclock these and poor performance as a miner, I was able to get this at below MSRP back in December. Man, I am glad I didn't wait. I don't even want to talk about video card prices now. The first time I tried to benchmark this card, it would go 83 degrees within a few seconds and start to throttle. I decided to take the ASUS gtx 1060 6gb along with the 450 watt power supply out of my METIS build and use it in this build.
I finally removed the cooler from the ZOTAC and was shocked at what I found. I think they used a whole tube of thermal compound when they put this together. I cleaned it up and reapplied compound and now it works great. this card is now sitting comfortably in my METIS. Kind of a win, win situation for me.
I built an oversized PSU cover to hide the cables and wrapped some things in carbon fiber vinyl. I made a GPU backplate out of 1.5 mm thick carbon fiber plate, through in some rgb lights and there it is. I hope you like it. I hope my wife likes it.
I am thinking about building a matching one with with an 8700k and zotac 1080ti mini artic storm with a custom loop. I would theme it after that crazy zombie, banshee blood elf. You know, for the HORDE! Now if only gpu prices would come down.
This cooler plain rocks! It is very quiet and cools extremely well. It looks alot larger in the case than it actually is. The mounting system is well constructed and secures it firmly. It also has zero ram interference, so any height ram can be used. If only the fan was not brown, or they gave you an option for another color
New mini itx board that looks like their z270i boards. For some reason, ASUS has decided to omit USB 2 headers on all their new mini itx ROG boards. This could cause some problems if you need to have one for an AIO or for example a cryorig H7 lumi. Since it is an H series board, you cannot over clock with it, but this is perfect for a locked processor.
I like this GPU. Looks exactly like an old strix gtx 960. It is a small 2 fan card that cools well and is super quiet. Comes with a backplate and the new 9gbps memory speed. Can't go wrong. Kinda of hard to find though