Vault is a mini-ITX high-end spec gaming PC centered around budget. Nothing special abount this build but to me, been wanting to build in this case for about 7 years. Finally, I caved and built the tiny Titan I had always wanted.
I've picked the i5-8400 because it offers arguably the best performance for ~200 smackers. I've seen lots of people put unlocked "k" processors in the Node 202 and I think this is foolish. There is no way you can practically fit a cooler large enough into the case that will give you enough cooling capacity to take full advantage of the extra processing power that you are buying with an unlocked processor. Simply a poor choice.
Works great so far, but since the CPU should've been fine under the Intel heat sink in the first place, I don't really expect much of it. I broke a fan fin on the first boot because I forgot to zip tie it down. Replacement fan is 10 smackers so no biggie.
EDIT: Since the fan and CPU were one unit I had to replace the mount as well as the fan. The fan I purchased was a BeQuiet 92mm fan. 3D printed a 92mm Cryorig C7 CPU fan mount I found online here and it worked great.
Kept it cheap since over-clocking was out of the question. Made sure to have m.2 in case I wanted to get an nvme ssd in the future.
8gb does the job still in 2018 and going into 2019. I still have an open slot for another 8gb if I ever need it.
GPU Got the EVGA GTX 1070 SC for cheap on eBay in used condition. It works like a charm and has no cosmetic damage. Smart shopping can pay off.
Got the 500gb Western Digital on sale during Black Friday. Almost for 1tb of the same type but wanted to keep the build under 900.
So damn good lookin. Hard to build in but I got it done and I'm satisfied with my work. SSD rack sucks to deal with but that's no issue, SSDs can go anywhere. I installed 2 120mm fans using zip ties inside the GPU tray. GPU runs much cooler. Also added a Noctua NF-A4x10 to pull air out of the top.
Who cares. Fan turns off when under low load. That's neat.