Daily driver for web browsing and gaming.
I got the CPU, mITX mobo, and Elite 130 case as a bundle from redditor for $325 shipped so I just broke it down into 3 reasonable prices each.
The Noctua NH-L12 is listed as incompatible with the case, however, this CPU cooler has a single fan mode, where removing the top 120mm fan leaving just the lower 92mm + heatsink fins is about 66mm tall, which fits in fine. Probably about 5 more mm between the top of the heatsink fins and bottom of the PSU.
I picked up an amazon warehouse m.2 drive to use as a boot drive at 64gb, and then brought over my SSD from an old build to use purely for gaming storage. 3TB drive is for documents, pictures, and games I have intalled but don't really play.
The R9 295x2 was sort of an impromptu purchase, I orginally wanted to SLI 970's in an Air 240 case, but seeing a great deal from Tiger direct + rebate, I jumped on the 295x2 and very happy I did. I had some motivation to join the red team and so far I'm glad I did. The single slot, watercooled unit meant it was perfect for a SFF build which is what I preferred. It was also a logical choice given I purchased a 4k Dell 2715Q on the refurb store with discount for a great price so I wanted the power and memory bus for 4k gaming.
The Elite 130 case is one of the few cases mITX that actually supports a 12" 305mm card, so my choices were limited and I liked this case a lot. Very difficult to cable manage however and pre-planning is a must.
The ram was selected for the low profile that is required to fit with the CPU cooler, however I am waiting for that to arrive so I just have a single 4 GB ripjaws stick in on the ram slot furthest from the CPU cooler as it barely fits under, however a second still will not fit under the heatpipes. Low profile ram is a must in this build with this type of CPU cooler.
The Seasonic was selected for a couple of reasons. First it was 160mm and more than 850W. Only this and the Corsair AX were found in this size or 180mm and at least 850W. Even though this case can fit up to a 180mm, it is already super cramped as it is managing cables, the 20mm extra space inside actually goes a long way. The fully modular I think is obvious as to why I went that route, and finally, I wanted a very efficient and quality PSU because I wanted the PSU to help exhaust hot case temps out of the case. I currently have the PSU fan facing downward right over the CPU heatsink, I have the 92mm fan blowing up and into the PSU fan and letting the PSU exhaust out. Reading the reviews on this, it was proven this PSU still works well in a heat box.
Cougar Vortex fans I selected due to reviews saying they were quiet and versatile. They could offer great static pressure paired with a radiator or offer great air flow. So I have two in push/pull with the 295x2 radiator in the front of the case, a 3rd fan on the side exhausting and the stock 80mm CM fan exhausting as well. There is negative airpressure in this case, but it's pretty much the best way to keep temps down.
CPU at idle while typing this up sits at 42C. GPU temps are at 41C for both cores. I have not yet gamed on this machine as I put it together last night.