Feel free to leave any questions.
I originally bought these parts with the intention of putting them in a Silverstone Sugo Sg13. It did in fact work and was a great little 'hot box' for gaming with portability in mind (Will speak about this in a separate paragraph for those interested). However as I find myself wanting to build a more impressive gaming PC I decided to move to the Nano S. With the Thermaltake fans and the EVGA GTX 1070 both equipped with RGB lighting, having an all black theme seemed appropriate as no matter the color choice of the LEDs, they would still compliment one another. Also with quietness and performance in mind I decided to opt with an all SSD build, although pricey at the time, judging from current pricing trends with SSDs I decided it could be a better choice for the long term.
Notes to take from this build:
Although the case can take a 240mm or 280mm (max width 147mm, width 312mm) radiator as an intake, the 120mm radiator with an exhaust fan proved to be still very capable even when the 6600k was overclocked in excess of 4.8Ghz. *With the prices of 240mm AIOs coming down though I would recommend one over a 120mm.
Case does not come equipped with a PWM hub which in my opinion is quite a let down as the majority of ITX motherboards are only equipped with 2 4 pin fan headers. Plus for a case that can hold up to 6 fans, it is a must have.
A fully modular PSU, whilst isn't a necessity is something to consider as although the case is quite large for an ITX system, managing some long non-modular cables can be a pain. I learnt this from initially buying a semi-modular Corsair CX500M. It's lengthy 24pin ATX connector was often a pain to cable manage in this case and the mustard color of the pins also stood out terribly in a windowed case. Also, companies such as CableMod offer aftermarket cables for modular power supplies which can further help with cable management alongside making your PC look better.
Also, don't skimp out on the Power Supply! Refer to lists that rank power supplies such as Tomshardware PSU Tier List as equipping your build with a power supply that contains cheap capacitors etc. can cause major headaches in the future. I was lucky I stumbled across this as my previous power supply (Corsair CX500M) ranked among the lowest. Thus a power supply such as a Cooler Master Vanguard as fitted in this build would be a suitable option.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW DT is a great graphics card however if I were more informed when purchasing a graphics card I would have gone with the non-DT FTW card as it is a better performer when overclocking.
16Gb RAM was chosen as for games such as Forza Horizon 3 that require 12Gb for maximum settings, 8Gb no longer cuts it.
An all SSD build is great for performance but for the everyday user I would recommend pairing a smaller 120Gb SSD with a larger capacity HDD. With cases such as this that can easily fit both it honestly is a no brainier unless you have the money to throw around (My decision was based on when I had the components in the much smaller Silverstone Sugo Sg13).
This then leads me on to talking about my original decision of building in the Silverstone Sugo Sg13.
This build, minus the case and two of the fans can fit in a case that has a footprint the size of a shoebox!
Initially when I set out on building a new PC, I wanted to see just how much performance I could put in a tiny case. Putting all these parts in the little case was quite a challenge, using a semi-modular ATX PSU at the time caused it to virtually have no space left for any other component. Alongside this, having a 3.5" HDD and the 2.5" SSD further diminished this. Therefore if i was to recommend a build for the Sugo Sg13 I would definitely opt with an SFX PSU as they typically come with shorter cables, all SSDs and definitely a AIO liquid cooler acting as an exhaust as there is virtually no breathing space for a small air cooler.
I hope this build was able to assist you in a similar build of your own.
Great all round CPU for gamer's that also want to dabble in overclocking. The price to performance ratio makes it hard to top.
Good budget cooler from a reputable brand. Keeps an overclocked (4.4Ghz) 6600k well within a respectable temperature range.
The lack of a 4 pin PWM fan is quite a letdown however as many other similarly priced liquid coolers are equipped with one.
This motherboard will generally be a hit for most people wanting a mini-itx system. I haven't found myself using the Bluetooth, however I imagine those with peripherals (eg. PS4 gaming controller) that use Bluetooth will find more use for it.
The inbuilt WiFi, whilst I would not recommend using it over an Ethernet connection, is great for when someone may be transporting the system around to another persons house. I find it almost a necessary item for mini-itx builds as its pairing with one gives meaning as to why they are so loved for being portable rigs.
The UEFI is also quite easy to navigate. The inbuilt settings for overclocking a 6600k or 6700k to a maximum of 4.4Ghz and 4.6Ghz respectively is a great selling point for those not willing to adjust voltage settings themselves.
My only issue is that Speed Fan software is not compatible with this brand of motherboard which can be an issue when running multiple pwm fans.
Good value memory for a good capacity and great speeds. Perfect for anyone requiring low profile memory that also looks great.
Good price for a fast SSD. With the prices of much larger capacity SSDs coming down it does make it hard to recommend a smaller capacity one at this price.
Fast SSD at a great price.
A great GPU however not recommended over anyone tossing up between this and the non DT FTW edition.
Great case at a great price. Looks great and performs well with adequate air flow and the option to create a custom water cooling loop is amazing for an ITX build.
The lack of a fan hub is disappointing however as being able to place up to 6 chassis fans with ITX motherboards that generally are only equipped with two 4 pin fan headers is a must have.
Great reliable power supply at a great price. Runs very quiet as well with no evident coil whine.
Great price for 3 LED PWM fans.
The hub, whilst it serves an understandable purpose adds unnecessary annoyance for wanting to change the LED color as it cannot be done through software. Paying more for the pack that includes being able to use software is not worth it in my opinion however.