Decided to finally build a new rig (mostly gaming/light photo editing/DAW use) and wanted to go with a Mini-ITX because I like to conserve space in my office. Additionally, I built with a slight nod towards a budget-friendly small form factor gaming PC. (My budget was around $800, not counting the parts I saved from my last build.) I considered jumping up to a M.2 NVMe boot drive and an i7-6700K, but the cost vs. performance ratio wasn't quite worth it in my opinion.
Re-used the PSU, SSD, and HDD from my old rig.
Bought the Black Core V1 in lieu of the Snow (my preference) since it was ~$30 less after rebate. Light sanding and a few coats of primer+paint worked very well. (Plus, it now has a "Stormtrooper" vibe, although it is possible to paint the rest of it.)
Initially, I installed the stock H60 fan in a push configuration and used the pre-applied thermal paste. After some dreadful (albeit stable) temps under Prime95, I ended up replacing the pre-applied thermal paste with Arctic Silver 5 and swapping the stock fan with the SP120 High Performance, along with installing the stock 200mm case fan in a push/pull config. Definitely doesn't look as clean on the inside, but the temperatures are much improved. I'm 90% certain the initial temps were due to the thermal paste (or lack thereof) out of box, and I could've probably just skated by with AS5 and only the SP120 as a push.