Mini ITX build in Node 304 case designed to be a mid range 1080p gaming machine with room for expansion. Priorities were - small, quiet, upgradeable. No overclock needed. Future upgrades will be 2-3 Tb HDD, Fast 500Mb m.2 NVMe SSD for the boot disk, i7 processor.
i3 7100 processor was released the same week that I bought it - had planned on the i3 6100, but the new one was only $10 more. Had an issue that I needed to load a new BIOS on the motherboard to recognise the CPU, but I couldn't do that because I didn't have a CPU that the motherboard would accept. Lucky PB Tech flashed the board with the latest BIOS while I waited free of charge :)
I bought 2x8Gb of memory because there are only 2 memory slots on the motherboard and couldn't be cheaply upgraded later to more memory if I used both slots with 2x4Gb now.
After being burnt with dodgy power suppliers in the past, I now overcompensate and the 550W Platinum power supply will be plenty for anything I can put in the small case. Also bought an extra set of short modular cables that made the build much easier because I was able to chose cables to fit and there is less extra cable in the case than there might have been. The fan in the power supply only turns on when the GPU gets busy, otherwise it is completely silent.
The SSD was one I had as a second drive in my old laptop - perfect for a boot drive until I get something faster and more roomy.
The RX 480 was the last purchase and the hardest to make. I wanted to be able to play high settings on any current game at 60+ FPS and this will definitely do that. Looks like better value than the Nvidia cards as well. Can run silent with no fans until it is loaded up.
Runs the Witcher and Skyrim on highest settings without any drama - so the build is a success.
The be quiet! CPU cooler is small and super quiet - It runs at 50% most of the time and keeps idle temps at around 25 Celsius. It looks great too and the price is fantastic. Max temp I have measured so far is 62 Celsius under full load on my i3 7100.
This B150 motherboard has great features for the price and suits me because I don't need to overclock. USB 3.1, high speed Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 and M.2 SSD capable.
Solid video card. Runs really quiet with no drama for every game I've tried. Only running at 1080p but with ultra settings.
Node 304 is a great case with lots of room for full size components if you choose carefully. 3 quality case fans are a bonus. Case would be even better if the motherboard was raised a little for routing cables underneath.
This PSU is probably more than I needed, but I wanted to be sure that the PSU fan would be off most of the time. System draw is probably about 330W maximum, so the 550W platinum PSU is right in it's most efficient range (about 92%). I still haven't seen the fan spin up after about a weeks use. I like the modular cables as well so I don't have extra dead end cables inside my case messing things up.