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Parts that I need for my use case (prime95 like real time calculations, psql read/write, mutlitasking)

I7 6700(k) processor
16 GB DDR
120gb + m.2 SSD
1 TB HDD space
mini-itx form for portability (Flying with it)
Budget of $1,300

I have two builds, leaving out the GPU until after Pascal allows me to go for a less-compromised build now. Fitting it in seems to put me over budget. My parts are sourced from Thailand where they are limited in availability and about 30% more expensive (except for the cpu and psus). I do enjoy gaming but its not a priority.

Here are my two builds I have spent countless hours coming down to! Please destroy them, or choose your favorite.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($370.80)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($196.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($103.00)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($223.00)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($101.44)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($104.00)
Total: $1236.23
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-29 07:25 EST-0500

pros: decent airflow possibilities. durable case.
cons: heavy case, may be over carry-on limit. No GPU.

build #2: Raven

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($196.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($102.94)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($223.00)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card ($272.00)
Case: Silverstone RVZ02B HTPC Case ($83.50)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($103.00)
Total: $1380.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-29 07:27 EST-0500

pros: fits in a gpu, cool case. case is light enough for carry on, the dimensions quesionable.
cons: non-k processor, I Do not know if there is ample room for cooling and it puts me over the budget, so locked processor to save . Argon ar06 is the only available cooler I know of which I may get in this build, but it does not provide adequate cooling for overclocking. 62mm space for cpu cooler I believe.
-Over the budget already. I would like to stick to it. I could also choose this build with the 6700k, argon ar06, and it would come out cheaper. The case is $20 cheaper which helps. I would be able to save up more easily for a gpu at pascal. Case seems less durable, so it may get into trouble if packed in checked in luggage.

Other thoughts: Initially I preferred the thermaltake core v1, but it seems too big for carry on. I also considered the Sugo SG13 (silverstone) case, but it seems to be dominated by the RVz02 option, although a close choice. Its the smallest of the bunch, cheap, and a reasonable option.

I am mostly agonizing about the case choice and the CPU Cooling limitations. Please advise!

TLDR: Computer for work. mini-itx, two builds I am close to deciding between, WWYD?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xVR4K8
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sW6BNG

PS. could not help myself. Raven build w/no GPU here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/783HkL
Edited by halpo - 2/29/16 at 4:36am