I would highly recommend Tom's Hardware forums, Paul's Hardware YouTube channel, and of course the PC Part Picker community, all were great resources which I made reference to.... a lot!
I would have really liked a SFF case, specifically a Dan Case, but simply couldn't afford it. Given this was my first build I also wanted things to be relatively straight forward so thought a micro build would be the safest option. Have to say I cant believe the size of some fo the micro ATX cases, they are huge, and not the bonniest. The Core 1100 is a boring box but it reminds me of my outgoing HP Pavillion Pentium 4!
User Benchmarks scores were good apart from the Gaming aspect - but that was expected as the 1070 is used as the benchmark. The Cinebench results were fine.
I also ran the Prime95 stress test which has flagged some issues, which I dont quite understand, especially as everything is brand new and hasn't been touched in terms of OC. I intend to do some more Prime95 testing as well as the Memtest 86 to see if I can get to the bottom of it.
Update: Seems I had the wrong settings in the UEFI for the memory. Whilst I had changed the frequency, I left another field as "Auto" and this should have been changed to D.O.C.P (which is ASUS's version of XMP but for AMD chips...I think?). Anyway, re-ran Prime 95 for a few hours last night and it was error free. I'm happy with that! :)
Re-ran "CPU UserBenchmark" and got the following: CPU - 64th percentile GPU - 61st percentile NVMe - 69th percentile Memory - 95th percentile
"Cinebench R15" OpenGL - 107fps CPU - 1152cb
AMD seem to be a little bit more on the consumers side in terms of committing to the socket type for next few years, the same cant be said for Intel hence opting for the red team.
Compared to the mobo in my old HP Pavillion, this board seems pretty limited; that said it's fine for my needs.
Wanted fast boot with NVMe storage for Windows and Mint.
Boring, but it's what a micro case should be, small(ish).
Still think they could cut some of the space out and reduce the size further,
I really like it.
I used an adapter to convert one of the 5" drives down to a 2.5" drive so I didn't need to use the vertical storage mount. I used the remaining space to try and tidy up some for the cables.
I put a 92mm Be quiet! at the rear and a 120mm at the front. Both were PWM. I used an Aska Y-splitter from the single fan header on the mobo. So far so good.
I've actually been pleasantly surprised!