This is my first time building a pc. My goals were to minimize noise and to be able to run AAA games at 60+fps with 1440p resolution. Shoutout to Jmauretti who had basically the exact same build but better looking, I inadvertently copied him.
PSU: Corsair 600w SFX. Didn't want to risk the noisy silverstone so went with corsair. The cables are annoyingly short so I had to buy an extension for the 24pin portion. Also, the Nano S is designed for an ATX psu so I had to buy an adapter, I recommend the Kingwin adapter over the silverstone one because it is cheaper and gives just a hair more space with the mounting setup.
This CPU is quite beefy, especially when OCed with the Kraken x61 cooler. I will upgrade to an i7 in the next go around. For now, I don't have to do any multi threaded tasks so there's no incentive to get i7.
I went with the kraken x61 because it had the biggest radiator and best reputation. The CAM software it uses is terrible, it crashes often and doesn't always properly control the LED on the pump. But when it works, it is nice to use. This cooler is top of the line and keeps my CPU chilly, I never have temperature issues. It also fits perfectly into the Nano S front section and leave about 1.5 cm between the 1070 and the rad. It's very quiet with the fans replaced.
This is a nice motherboard, the size is great and it as plenty of ports for all needs. Nothing to complain about.
Works great, 3200mhz is pretty damn quick.
The samsung 950 pro is an m.2 ssd and it is lightning fast. That's all I have to say, no issues just pure speed.
I really liked the look of the MSI 1070 Pro Gaming X and it is very quiet, using only 2 large fans. I believe it has the best performance/noise ratio and is also one of the top 3 aftermarket 1070s available in terms of raw performance on benchmarking vids. The temperatures are great with the SFX PSU giving more room for the twin frozr fans to work in smallish setup.
At first I wanted to do a small form factor build but I didn't want to spend the money on an Ncase or a Dan A4, which both also had long wait times for shipping. Instead, I decided to find a more mass produced case. The smallest case I liked that would still fit a 280mm radiator for a Kraken x61 was the Fractal Design Define Nano S. It also had dust filters and sound dampening lining which were all things I was looking for. Add a window panel on one side and for me this was the perfect case. The cable management is very easy with the included accessories.
I upgraded the radiator fans to the noctuas because they are quieter and more effective than the ones packaged with the cooler. I kept the 140mm fractal case fan both for aesthetics and because my case is generally pretty cool and that fan doesn't get spun too fast so it stays quiet. If I wanted to improve here I could get an airflow noctua to replace it and a 120mm airflow noctua for the bottom of the case to feed the 1070 more cool air. Doesn't seem worth the $35 though.
Works great for 1080p but I plan on upgrading to a Dell 1440p/144hz TN panel soon.