I haven't tested the system with the 200mm fan mounted on front, my guess would be an increased airflow to all the parts and most likely lower temperatures. The reason I decided to ditch the 200mm stock fan is because it's only a 3-pin, with no PWM control. Because I wanted full reign over all my case fans, I went with NZXT.'s supposedly "tuned for radiator performance" fan.
Also, I may end up purchasing a 200mm with PWM fan in the future because currently the case frame is blocking a small amount of airflow to the radiator.
For the money, I doubt you'll find a better Mini-ITX case!
Thanks for the feedback! My fallback for this build was a Crucial MX100, which are also very good for the money. After checking some comparison charts from userbenchmark.com, I determined that the 850 EVO price/performance was the right choice for this build.
I really liked the motherboard in this build, it was probably one of my favorite components. It seemed very sturdy to the touch, and I enjoy that it has extra ESD protection. The North/Southbridge heatsinks are also very well designed, and the front panel was easy to connect thanks to color coding by Gigabyte! If I were to modify one thing about this motherboard though, it would be to add at least one more jack for CPU/case fans. Using three chassis fans and one CPU cooler, I'm already filling all of the built-in connectors.
He's not very tech-savvy, so I doubt he'll be doing much overclocking with this rig. I will mention, though, I found Gigabyte's BIOS and Windows utilities easier to work with than MSI's programs for the same purpose.
I always assumed by placing the DIMMs in separately-colored slots, I was enabling both channels. Not so?
That would have been one of the areas that we spent a little extra, That orange color wasn't something he was willing to pass up -- even if it was drastic overkill. At least he'll have room for expansion!