I'ts been about 7 years since my last build, I've been living with this monster Corsair carbide 400(?) full tower atx case for no real good reason. For at least a year I've been saving and planning for a new build, and I settled on making it as small as I could while still using "full power" hardware. After searching through lots of builds, youtube, getting help from some reddit users, this is what I came up with.
-I replaced the fan in the Sesonic SFX-L PSU with a noctua to get some more flow. The stock fan was very quiet and did the 0 rpm thing, but I wanted the Noctua to run at a constant speed to act as a case exhaust as well as cool the psu. It's a little louder this way for sure, but I think my case temps are doing well because of it .
-The bulkier tubing of the H80i was a concern of mine initially. I'm still happy I went with an SFX-L PSU for clearance with these tubes, but in the end they flexed and stayed in place better than expected. The thick radiator and the extra powerful new Noctua A12 are great for this case.
-My 5 Ghz overclock was nice and easy, 84c max in cinnebench R20. I tried using the asrock software for fan control and overclock but gave up on that, it was doing too many weird things. The BIOS is working fine for this now.
-The 2070 black edition uses every mm of room available.
-The WD spinning disk almost doubles the sound output of the build at idle when it spins up. I want more SSDs.
-I'm in love with cases that take advantage of all available room now, its satisfying.