Coming from a 2005 laptop which graphic card died (I made it work again during the last three years by cooking it in the oven), it was the best moment to switch to the last technologies.
I owned a core 2 duo laptop with 2GB of ram, a nvidia 8600m gs and a 250gb sata I hdd. The last rig I made was for my brother five years ago and it is based on a sandy bridge socket. So I needed to mount a more powerful pc. I am a developer so I need something which helps me to create websites and android applications.
I mounted a silent mini pc with high end components: 6700 cpu, nvme ssd, 32gb of ram. The space inside is so tiny that there is litteraly no space between the psu and the cpu cooler. The cpu fan has been reversed so it blows air towards the psu which itself blows air outside the case. To share my experience, I have struggled to install win7 in this ssd. These links helped me solving that :
Samsung 950 Pro NVME SSD Windows 7 64 installation drivers Explanations for the last pic (hwmonitor) :
Value column: at idle
Min column : the computer has been just started
Max column : at full load on occt test
Case closed, case fan off, cpu cooler auto.
All in all, I'm very satisfied: 15s or less for starting up windows 10. I haven't tested it yet for my job. It is absolutely silent. I can't hear the cpu cooler. But the case fan is shut off until 40°C are reached.
edit (23/08/2018) :
changed the ssd for more space to 970 pro
removed the case fan, it was useless
edit (06/03/2019) :
- move from a ST2220L monitor to a U2715H
Looking for the highest end cpu, the 6700k one was 100€ more expensive. To me, it isn't worth them. So I went for the regular one.
Very impressed by its silence. No noise at all atlow speed, so low at full speed that I can't hear it when my external hdd is on.
I think this is the best value for money mini itx motherboard: a lot of usb 3.0/3.1 usb ports, display port, m.2 socket, load of options in the bios. As a bonus: leds which show you which component fail to start.
At this point, I think all rams are equivalent. I chose the most capacity the motherboard can accept at the lowest value. One star less for the high price.
There is not much choices on sfx psu out there. I opt for this one because of its fan: it is running only above 41°C which means it is completely silent at idle. But I can hear from time to time some jinglings.
It's free, so why not take it? (maybe because of privacy questions)