This was a long overdue upgrade. I was running an old i5 + gtx 560 build for a long time due to other commitments so it feels great to finally have an up to date build again. I'll hopefully pick up a couple of upgrades next year too, like a 7nm gpu (if they're as good as I hope). Really pleased with how this turned out, it runs cool and quiet and I'm loving the ice blue aestetic at the moment.
Metallicgear Neo mini When I first started planning this build I had the define nano s in mind for my case. That is, until I saw the neo mini announced earlier this year. There are some similarities between the two cases but I much prefer the layout and aesthetics of the neo mini. It was a nice case to work in with the only real challenge being cable management. Although well thought out, there just isn't much room so a modular power supply is a must.
MSI B450I Gaming plus ac mini itx motherboard Good, high quality board and the uefi is simple to use. Only real negative for me would be that there is only 2 fan headers. It wasn't an issue as I just used Y splitters but 1 more would have been nice.
Fractal Design Celsius S24 Very nice aio to work with and very quiet. The radiator has an integrated fan hub so you only need one fan header on the motherboard to control the pump and both fans. The cable from this hub actually runs down the inside of one of the sleeved water tubes to the pump block meaning that the whole aio unit only requires a single fan header on the motherboard and the cable for this comes from the pump block.
Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD If there is one thing that everyone building a pc should invest in, it's an ssd. The difference in performance you get moving from a hard disc to an ssd is probably more noticable than any other upgrade I can think of. I got an m.2 drive as it is very fast but also cuts down on cables. Long term, I will probably invest in a high capacity 2.5" ssd to pair with this but for now this is perfect.
Sapphire RX580 Nitro+ I already had a freesync monitor so I was leaning towards an amd card. This card gives great performance for the price, stays pretty cool and, as a bonus, the backplate looks nice. I'm hoping that the 7nm amd cards will be more competitive with nvidia cards so I'm planning to upgrade when they are released next year.
Silverstone SN123 fans If you decide to install an aio in this case, you will not be able to fit full sized fans on the side mounts (or front mounts if you have the aio on the side). I wanted to use Noctua A12x15 slim fans but they currently only offer them in that horrible brown colour so I'm using these silverstone fans until the slim chromax version is released in Q1 next year. So far they are actually pretty decent for the price
Seasonic Focus plus gold 550 High quality and fully modular. Very efficient too, I don't think I've even seen the fans turn on yet (other than during stress testing)