Hi! The purpose of this computer is gaming and lighter productivity work. Constraints were: Small foot print, as silent as possible and able to do 144hz, 1440p gaming. I'm happy with it so far. It runs silent and has no problems delivering high framerates in the games I play (PUBG, Overwatch, Destiny 2).
I decided early on to do an ITX form factor as I wanted a small foot print. I started by looking at really small cases, but after a lot of deliberation ended up with the Fractal Design Nano S. I was concerned that compact cases like the NCASE M1 would be running too hot and making the computer louder, so the Nano S seemed like a good compromise.
A few annoyances with the case that I needed to work around:
It only supports ATX power supplies, but they leave very little vertical space to the graphics card. The suggested solution is to use a blower style card, but they are louder and were expensive when I bought my components. So I went with an SFX power supply and the PP08 adapter that allows it to be installed in the case. Here's a video that explains the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiDZNT7mxLQ
The SFX cables are too short, so you really need extensions or buy custom ones for it to work comfortably in this case. The custom cables from CableMod were really nice (I'm a sucker for quality cables), but crazy expensive and they took a long time (3 weeks) to deliver my order. Personally I think it adds to the overall appearance though. I just ordered the same lengths as in molnarg's build. Here is my CableMod configuration.
The case fans that come with the case are 3-pin and as far as I could understand there's no way to software control the RPM of them with the ASRock Fatal1ty board, which only has 4 pin connections. The case fans ran at 100% RPM all the time. I bought the Noctua fans and replaced them, and they work fine.
I built my last pc 20 years ago and remember it as being quite painful, so was pleasantly surprised there's a lot more resources now, like pcpartpicker. I figured I share my build and maybe it's helpful to someone, as I got a lot of inspiration from the builds here.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Had to send this monitor back 2 times before I got one that didn't have either dead pixel clusters or weird yellow tint. I would not recommend buying this display, it's just too much a hassle (read other reviews on amazon etc). The third panel I got was decent, but not really at the level I would except for a display at this price.
They don't look terrible, unlike most gaming headsets, so that's a plus. Mic is good. Turning them on is annoying (the button is small and needs to pressed in for 5 secs) and the volume and game/chat knobs change whenever you take the headset on or off, so you have to adjust them all the time. Otherwise pretty good.