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Well after almost two weeks in shipping limbo my GTX 1080 arrived.
This build was put together as a 'Portable' VR box with the intention of being able to bring VR to friends and family so they can experience it.
The ASRock Fatal1ty mITX was chosen because of the features for the price. I couldn't find another motherboard that had USB 3.1(a and C), M.2, decent fan headers and built in wifi at the price point, especially not with the Micro-Center deals. Pairing the motherboard with a CPU got me an additional $30 USD off as well as having a $10 mail in rebate let me basically pick it up for $119.99 USD. I was initially looking at an H170 motherboard with a i5 6500 but for about 30 dollars more I picked up a decent Z170 motherboard and a i5 6600k. My only complaint about the motherboard is that the ram slots can be a bit tricky when trying to seat the ram properly, there is only a clip on the one side of the slot.
The CPU cooler I chose for this build was the Cryorig M9i. Another item picked up in the USA. Living near the US/CAN boarder is fantastic sometimes. Cryorig makes some of the best looking, and performing coolers on the market in my opinion, and its a damn shame we can't actually get these in Canada.
Case wise there are many awesome looking mITX cases out there. The M1 and the A4 are stunning, the manta is really unique, and I love what BitFenix and Phanteks have for the form factor. The Thermaltake Core V1 has just always been my favorite, I have no clue why. From the moment I first saw one I knew that I had to build in one, one day, and it was awesome. It is a larger mITX cube, not as large as some, but there is ample room in it. Cable management wasn't too difficult, even with a semi-modular PSU. I will say that I couldn't route the front panel audio the way I had wanted to however as its cable was about 3 inches too short.
For storage I went with the Samsung 850 pro, which I price matched the hell out of. Bestbuy.ca has a program called Price Beat. If you find a lower price from a Canadian retailer, either online or offline the store will match, then beat its price by 10%. I went with the Samsung SSD mainly for the warranty and habit. All of my SSD's have been Samsung. In the future I may consider some M.2 SSD's but they're quite cost prohibitive in Canada still.
PSU was somewhat of a difficult pick and was initially bought to support an R9 390, but I'm very happy with my choice. The cables were very easy to work with, none of them were stiff (I had seen this complaint in a review but it was not my experience), and its whisper quiet.
The GPU was the last piece I had really picked out, and was not really part of my initial plan. I haven't run an Nvidia card since my old Geforce4 Ti4400, and was fully content to just wait for more Polaris news. I'm so glad I pulled that trigger though. This card is a beast and it looks amazing in person. I plan to spend some time this weekend trying for a nice OC on it and the CPU.
Edit Played with the GPU and Precision X a bit. Did get the GPU Clock to break 2k starts get very unstable past 2060mhz, need to do more stress testing on the memory side of it.
I also added in a custom fan curve and I have yet to see the temperatures break 65C. The basic fan curve that Nvidia has for the card doesn't seem to do enough (sort of a too little too late approach) to prevent it from getting hot.
Sept 2016 - Added second SSD to PC for storage. Got a decent deal on a Mushy Reactor.
Does what it needs to do, and does it very well. Perfect for gaming, but in CPU intensive tasks I can definitely see the difference when coming from a i7-5820k.
Amazing cooler for its size. Works better then I imagined it could. Very easy to install, took only minutes and Cryorig provides everything needed in box. Registration card comes in a sterile package to allow you to use it to spread thermal grease (this blew my mind, I guess I'm very easily impressed).
Amazing little motherboard for the price. The DIMM's can be a bit tricky when installing RAM, keep an eye out on the side without the clasp, very easy to not seat the sticks properly. BIOS are very well organized and very simple to operate for Overclocking and changing XMP profiles.
RAM is RAM I guess, I do like these sticks a lot better then the Corsair Vengeance sticks I've used in another build. The heatspreaders and the build in general feel very high quality and look quite nice.
These just work. The warranty is great and the speed is very nice. Knocked a star off due to cost, there are other options to investigate before purchasing.
Price to performance ratio of this SSD is great (especially if you find it on sale). Packaging is very minimal but Newegg shipped it to me well packed.
The card is great, looks wonderful and can easily OC. That said you NEED to create a custom fan profile for the reference card. I feel that Nvidia was much too optimistic with their default fan curve. This does make the card louder but the performance gain from it is worth it.
Reference blower does actually work decently well in my Core V1
I love it. Love it
Works like a dream, knocked a star off as the manual kind of gives the impression that there are two single 8 pin PCIE cables included, this however is not the case, both the non-modular cable and the modular cable are both chained with two 8 pins each. Its not a big deal but when trying to make things look clean its a bit of a bummer.
For being a budget fan, these beauties are silent. While not the most exciting things to look at they work exceptionally well. Do recommend, however if you can find the R2 version they do some with rubber feet for easy installation and anti vibration, the R3 does not have them.