Long time mac user returning to build a system after almost 10 years. Last time I built a computer it had a Pentium IV 3.06 GHz :)
Need a machine that allows me to do all my tasks, in priority:
Code java backends (work)
Run one or more virtual machines simultaneously (work)
Light gaming (Civ VI, Kerbal Space Program, Crusader Kings 2)
HD Video Editing (Final Cut Pro user)
No fan noise. Really, no noise
Smallest possible case footprint
Reduced power consumption as this thing will be on 24/7
Wifi without dongles
The i7 6700 is a no brainer for my needs. Lots of threads, lots of computing power and all the stuff.
7700 has just arrived but, as anticipated by some pundits, it is not much of an improvement.
Stock cooler will do fine. I will consider changing it if the fan noise becomes noticeable.
4 stars because of the cooler. Still cannot believe it.
Handles the 6700 perfectly, rarely going above 1500RPM if not when doing CPU intensive long tasks, e.g. handbrake encoding, video encoding.
When gaming stays on 1300RPM, in idle around 900RPM.
Initially ordered a Gigabyte Z170 just because I saw "WIFI" on the box. Later I figured out that it is targeted at OC usage. So I changed to a H170 and thus can happily spend the saved coins on a couple of beers that will be consumed during the build. SATA connectors are placed weirdly though.
The included WIFI antenna is magnetic and a very nice to have.
RAM. Stores things and does it quickly.
Had it in my previous MacPro, not much to say, just perfect.
Originally had a WD Black 1TB (since 2010!) but it is just too noisy, replaced with this hybrid Seagate. The disk is intended to be used as windows backup (Macrium Reflect), virtual machine storage and media when editing videos.
Absolute throughput is lower than the WD but day to day usage is way faster because of the SSD caching. No more noise except when it occasionally spins up.
I had to go through some reviews. Wanted something that could run without the 6 pin connector and without fan noise. After much reading I opted for a Gigabyte GTX 1050 ti.
The auto switch-off fans is a winner feature for me. It is probably overkill for my games but I suppose it is somewhat future proof.
Zero fan noise, low temperatures, low power consumption and drives my games to maxed settings.
Can't ask for more.
I'm absolutely not an expert in this, as I wrote above 'been using macs for the last 10+ years :) Working in such a confined space with all those cables has been complicated. Tried to do my best with all the info I gathered online (articles, build videos, etc). I'm quite satisfied with the result however, feel free to disagree. Toughest part has been installing the storage and how to hide the cables.
I ended mounting the disks upside down and using L-shaped SATA cables, the standard ones will not fit.
Added a couple of led strips, not really needed but I like them :)
I'm using the 500W version of this PSU, not listed.
Zero noise, feeds power, semi modular. Perfect.
Would give a 5 for a fully modular.
Windows, gets the job done and I'm not missing too much macOs.
Swapped the case stock Thermaltake 200mm fan for two reasons:
the 200mm fan is nice, but it is a bit weak and mounted ahead of the casing causing airflow obstruction.
the noctua fan is less noticeable acoustically even though it is noticeable above 900RPM due to a turbulence with the case mounting (there is a bracket right in front of the cooler)
To keep rpms and noise down I first tried with the L.N.A adapter but occasionally the fan would not start at all and remain halted, could be an issue with the motherboard but It is quite more probably an issue with this adapter. It can be resolved easily by setting a different PWM profile on the BIOS though, limit the fan to 900RPM and end of problems. The silent setting will keep the fan spinning in the 700-800RPM range and virtually noiseless.
Best display I've ever had so far. Crisp resolution, incredibly precise mount, lots of functionality.