This build started out as an attempt to do something with a bunch of parts I had lying around mixed with with some new stuff and a fancy name, then stuff got moved to a smaller case with some different parts and and a couple of different Linux distros to try out. So now, what we're looking at is:
Fans - I swapped in these Thermaltake fans because they were cheap, low rpm out of the box, and I liked the look (being clear w/ blue LEDs).
OS - I went from testing Elementary OS to Linux Mint w/ Cinnamon to Linux Lite. Eventually, I decided I liked Linux Lite best, but I finally put Windows 10 on it so I could see how it did with Windows games.
ODD - Because I had it, and installing it keeps it out of the landfill (and it still works).
Power supply - Bought for another build, put aside as a spare when the owner decided to go with a bigger one right from the start (along with a better card). Works and is quiet.
Case - The Z1 Neo was on sale cheap at Frys, so I went for it, figuring it would be easier to cable manage than the Antec Solo I had everything in before (I'm the original owner of the Solo). I was correct, but the Z1 has some flaws. (Detailed below).
Video card - This was a PNY single fan GTX950, but for the sake of using as many older parts as I can, I swapped in this Radeon HD 7850 out of my "High Mileage" build. EDIT: I put the 950 back in, sadly it was faster.
HD - I had bought 3 of these on sale a few years ago to have as replacements / upgrades / expansions (just like a lot of you out there, when the family computer takes a dump I get that call or email); got 1 left now. Amazing it still works.
SSD - Originally bought for my gaming build, and swapped for a 250GB EVO when I saw that on sale. I kept this knowing I'd find a use for it some day.
RAM - Got this on a Promo code sale at Frys. I've had good luck with Patriot RAM before, and it was blue, so I went for it.
MB - Bought on sale. Has run ok so far (I've usually had good luck with MSI). BIOS isn't UEFI though; means it was easy to make it a Linux box and not have to remember to turn Secure Boot off. Supposedly it's 125w-capable so I dropped my FX-8120 in here, but the VRMs don't have heatsinks like my "High Mileage" build does so I'll be keeping a close eye on temps (and probably not overclocking it for now).
CPU Cooler - This is the Antec Kulher 620 AIO I was going to use in version 1 (the Solo case) that wouldn't fit because of the support rod in the case. The configurator says it's incompatible with this Z1 Neo, but as the pics show it'll work just fine. The Antec fan had no LEDs and was louder than the Thermaltake exhaust fan, so I used the Thermaltake instead.
CPU - Yep, it's a FX-8120. The one out of my "High Mileage 2.0" build. That's how long I've had this chip. The IPC is less than my FX-6300 (which is sitting in "High Mileage" now) but it made for a quick, responsive Linux box and I'm hoping it won't be too bad under Win 10.
OS - Finally, Win 10 gets on this box. I installed it from a USB key and activated it with a Win 7 Home key from my ancient, dead gaming laptop (a generic Clevo I bought from PC Club years ago that I upgraded from Win 98 a year or two after I got it) so, yeah, paying full price for Windows ended up being worth it. (Damn-near 10 years later.) After spending all day on the install, activation and updates, I still had to go back and kill all the telemetry that got turned back on after the updates got done. sigh (I like O&O ShutUp10 for that.)
Accessories - Found the Kingwin RGB strips at Frys; they weren't too expensive so I decided to get them and try them out to add a little bling; same with the PCI-E extension.
Notes - I ended up not using the StarTec thermal pads in the pictures; they're crap. I had some Antec Formula 6 thermal paste (appropriate for an Antec cooler, I'd think) so I used that instead. The Z1 case is very lightly built (might be why it was so cheap); even though the chassis has 3 51/4 bays and 2 31/2 bays, only the middle 51/4 is accessible thru the front panel (so no running a BluRay drive and fan controller in the bays at the same time). There are no fan mounts in the top of the case or sound deadening panels either. Yes, I know the 7850 sags; I haven't decided how to fix that yet. EDIT: Putting the GTX 950 back solved that. ;)
Comments are welcome.