Needs some inputs on my first ITX build. Especially for the GPU and cooling solutions.
The system will mainly be plug into my living room 4k tv, and the main intended uses are :
1 - Gaming at [email protected]@high setting or [email protected]@low setting, whatever looks best on my tv
2 - 4k streaming from netflix,amazon tv and hulu
3 - an ubuntu vmware virtual machine (vmware) for a plex server, a vpn server and some torenting
4 - no overclocking.
Mainly, i would like the system be very silent when streaming 4k, and to no throttle while gaming. Budget is not really an issue (as long as i don't waste money on useless parts), i don't really have any preference in terms of retailers (i would prefer the parts to be easily available though). I tend to prefer asus but i am very open to any brand.
So far , i came up with :
(A bit of justification for my parts selection, i know a i5 k + 16 Gig should be enough for a gaming rig, but i went for the i7 + 32gig because i wanted hyper-threading which should help for the VM, as for z270 vs h270 even though i don't plan on overclocking the z270 cards seem to have better I/O (usb 3.1 and thunderbolt) so i went with a z270, and once i decided to go for z270 , i decided that for 30$ more an i7 k was a better value than an i7)
So now for the questions :
Q1 -- which GPU (blower with normal fans )
So the theory goes that blower are worst than normal fans, except in case of restricted air flow because the blower cards expels hot air outside of the case. I am planing on adding two fans on the node 202 in the GPU compartment, will this provide enough air flow to allow me to use a normal card ?
Q2 -- Assuming a configuration with two fan in the gpu chamber and a normal fan card, how should i configure the fans ? Right now i am think to have the CPU fan pulling cold air from the outside , and the extra GPU fans pushing hot air out.
Q3 -- any thoughts on the Palit Jetstream 1070 ? looks like a great card and perfect for my use case , but not that many reviews
Q4 -- is there anything better than the Thermalright AXP-100R 44.5 CFM CPU Cooler at 58 mm clearance or less ? Looked around the AXP-100R as a TDP of 180W which the highest i could find.
Q5 -- Are we expecting more miniITX z270 motherboards to hit the market soon (like a maximums z270 itx) ? I was a bit underwhelmed with the current selection, i went with the asrock because it's the only one with thunderbolt and 3.1 usb back connectors, but i would prefer something with a m.2 heatsink (the strix as one, and beter audio but no usb 3.1)
Q6 -- Memory selection , i went with the cheapest 2400 low profile i could find, any problem with this strategy ?
PS: also looking for a recommendation for a good gaming 4k 55 inch tv.