Fractal Node 202
Wanted a really compact pc I could take with me while traveling. It was even smaller than I expected when I opened the box. Overall a pretty sleek looking case.
Intel Core i5-6600K & GTX 680
Primary going to be used for gaming and Photoshop/Illustrator, building on a budget so 6600k is perfect. Roommate had a GTX 680 he doesn't use anymore laying around which I will be using until I upgrade.
Samsung 850 EVO
Great price/quality ssd
Asus Z170I Pro Gaming
Amazing motherboard, and it tiny! Almost the size of the Scythe Big shuriken. Lots of ports, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1. On the high end side but totally worth it in my opinion.
Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B
Here is where the gamble began. Maximum CPU cooler height as stated on Fractals website is 56mm. The Big Shuriken is 58mm. I've seen people building in this case with a Silverstone AR06 which is also 56mm in height so I suspected it would fit. I really wanted this cooler for my build just because it looks awesome. During the build I had my doubts whether it would fit but it sits perfectly and is absolutely silent. The CPU barely exceeds 45 degrees Celsius even under heavy load. The GPU does get quite hot this I suspect this is because of the blower style, which kinda suck at cooling compared to open designs. The chamber separation in the Node 202 makes sure the hot air from the GPU doesn't reach the CPU, which works great considering the temperatures.
Okay so this is not an SFX powersuply but an SFX-L, in which "L" stands for Large I suppose. It was an extremely tight fit. I considered swapping the 2.5" SSD for a M.2 SSD so I could remove the SSD cage and make some more room for cables. However, with some force and tactical cable placement (shoved them under the Shuriken) it fits.
Corsair Air SP120
To feed the GPU some more air I wanted to put two static pressure fans in front of it. I ended up only putting in one because of the poor cable management. After some testing I don't think it influences the temperature that much with this blower style card however I like the idea of it being there so that's something I guess.
Overall really satisfied with how it turned out! In idle it's completely silent. The GPU gets quite hot at load but this is probably because of the blower style. I'll make sure to get an open design when upgrading.