This machine is going to be used primarily for photo editing and gaming. The Raijintek Metis Plus will cause incompatibility notices in relation to the ASUS 1060, the Corsair Power SFX600, and the Corsair H80v2 (see parts list). Though these three parts are not officially compatible with the Metis Plus, they can be integrated pretty smoothly. I give credit to taking a chance on such a build to andyjangoo (see his YouTube build here: https://youtu.be/Ql7uYyAl2Zg).
Though he didn't use the H80v2 in his build, he does cover the use of the ATX to SFX adapter and was my source for confirming the normal length video card could fit in the Metis Plus. I forgot to add the Silverstone ATX to SFX bracket to my parts list, but check out andyjangoo's video for an overview and to view the one ghetto mod that will be necessary to use it (not a biggie).
I had trouble confirming the H80v2 would work, but I did find questions about its compatibility with the Metis Plus had been posted on the web (sorry, I don't remember the web addresses). The advice received suggested replacing the Corsair fans with the thin Noctuas you'll find in my build. This worked like a charm. I took the one case fan that came with the Metis Plus and placed it at the top of my case.
All in all, the build has been up for five days. The CPU temps are running right around 25C at idle and jump up into the 40s during Futuremark tests. The GPU idles at around 34 and got up to about 80 during Futuremark tests.
In terms of noise, this is the quietest build I've ever had thanks to the Noctua fans.
The system boots in quite speedy fashion (within 15 seconds for both boot up and shut down).
As andyjangoo will tell you in his video, strip down the Metis Plus to just the front, back, and MOBO tray (see pics) before you begin building.
Accept the fact that you'll have to unscrew the USB I/O ports from the top of the case in order to get a full-sized video card to fit. It may seem like you can get it done without doing so, but I wasn't comfortable with how much bending was going on. Once I pulled the USB front I/O, the card slipped in fine and I was able to screw the USB I/O port back in easily. NOTE: the USB wiring is stiff and will be bent at an angle once you do get the card in, but the the thickness of the cabling will protect the wiring.
The Metis Plus runs its PSU cable from the front-mounted PSU enclosure to the back of the case, where the PSU plug-in sits right over the video card. To get the video card seated in the MOBO, I had to unscrew this element and let it dangle until I got the card seated.
This should be a no-brainer, but make sure you connect all fans to the MOBO before you seat a cooler like the H80v2. Once the cooler is in place, it is incredibly difficult to reach the CPU and chassis fan connectors. At one point, as I was tidying up the inside of the case and on the way to almost being done, I pulled on the chassis fan connector on accident and unplugged it. I had to use some chopsticks I had laying around (don't ask) to get enough reach to get it back in (yes, this definitely tried my patience).
Make sure you remember to put the CPU cooler back-plate on the MOBO before you screw it down to the MOBO tray. The opening on the MOBO tray, at least for the ASUS ROG Strix Z270i layout, does not allow access to all four of the CPU cooler screw-down holes (see image). I didn't catch this right away and had to unscrew my motherboard to get the backplate for the H80v2 into place. This may not be the case for all MOBO layouts, but consider it a heads up just in case.
A NOTE ON THE REVIEWS BELOW I am not picky, so you're going to find all five star reviews. I tend to pay a bit more for what I perceive to be quality and if the product works as advertised I tend to give it five stars. I'm not overclocking, I don't over-analyze benchmark numbers, and I usually don't knock off stars for architectural issues that don't work to my specific expectations, recognizing that the design of these components is something I don't know enough about to be critical of in that direction. So, take my ratings with that grain of salt.
If you have any questions about the components, feel free to post a comment and I'll fill you in as best I can.
Nothing profound to say about this CPU. It works as advertised, which is to say quite well.
Excellent cooling from my perspective. The radiator, as advertised, is extra thick and is effective at keeping the 7700K cool. The build quality, as with all the other Corsair products I've worked with, is excellent.
I'm not doing anything fancy with this MOBO, though it seems more than capable of some solid overclocking within the limits of the ITX format and it's cooling restrictions. The BIOS is smooth and easy to navigate with a mouse.
I've always used Mushkin RAM. Popped it in and it worked. Not sure what else to say.
This the second 600p series M.2 I've used and my experience has been very favorable. Again, popped it in and it worked, so I'm happy. BIOs read the drive from the get go as did my WIN10 CD and installation was smooth. Boot up time is incredibly fast.
I'm getting great 1080p numbers with this card using Futuremark. It runs cool and build quality, as with most ASUS components, is excellent. This card pushes air out the back of my case based on its fan set-up, which I felt was important for the ITX case since it's so cramped (this is the only reason I didn't look at other options).
I'm really happy with this case. That not to say building in an ITX case is a breeze, but I can see how it would have been way easier if I had gone with only components that were approved as compatible with this case (e.g., a short video card, an ATX PSU, and the Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler. That said, I pushed compatibility a bit and this case performed like a champ.
Excellent little fully modular PSU.
These skinny little 120s made my build possible. They run real quiet and perform well on the Corsair H80v2. Couldn't be happier.