Since the N Case M1 version 3 was released I decided to create a build using it.
Rationale behind parts:
CPU: Small case therefore I will not be overclocking, additionally I do not require integrated graphics. The Xeon essentially provides i7 performance at i5 pricing. (from previous builds)
Motherboard: I've gone with an Asus board because of past experience with Asus boards. I could have gotten the H97i-plus but I didn't as I required the wi-fi/bluetooth card included in the z97 for another build. Absolutely hate what Asus did with the colour scheme and heat sink design but the case doesn't have windows so it doesn't matter.
Memory: Previous experience with Kingston fury was very positive therefore I chose them again. 1866 only cost slightly more than 1600. Higher speeds, better timings, why not...
Storage: Samsung SSD has a good reputations and Seagate mechanical drives because I had a few spare, no particular reason. (both from previous builds)
Video Card: The gtx 970 hype was too much to ignore. Got the Asus strix version because it stays silent under 65 degrees celsius.
PSU: Semi Passive function to stay quiet. Load power of around 350W would give best efficiency with a 600-700W PSU
The build process was smooth with the case providing ample access with all panels removed. Fitting the Cryorig C1 CPU cooler into the case was impossible in all 4 positions. I am now waiting for the Noctua NH-D9L and extra NF-A9 pwm fan to become available in Australia. (proven compatibility with M1). Cable management in the M1 is very difficult, I just gave up.
EDIT: I have since removed all mechanical drives and added a samsung 850evo, Noctua NH-D9L and a gelid slim 120 pwm fan in.
I've added three iphone photos illustrating the update I've done with the Noctua NH-D9L and panel coulour change. Also showing the case clip I've removed to fit the strix card in.
Additionally, after spending some time with the system and browsing forums threads, I have come to the conclusion that the silverstone sx600-g does not have the best componentry. This results in constant coil whine audible when there is little ambient noise. The semi passive fan functions but after spinning up from even the slightest of load there is no stopping.
As a result I will be upgrading to the yet to be released Corsair SF600 SFX power supply and the Gigabyte 980ti G1 once I sell my arm and maybe my soul.