Once I saw the specs and prices on the steam boxes coming out I realized I needed to build my own to get what I wanted. I found this case to be perfect for what I wanted: a full size graphics card in a case that didn't look out of place in an entertainment center. This was my first build and you can see in the pictures that I learned to manage the cables better as time went on (the short flexible flat Silverstone PSU cables helped but are not required for this case). Initially I found the stock cpu cooler to be too loud while playing Crysis 3 so I installed the NH-L9i, which made a big improvement in noise. "Load" temperatures are the maximum temps from playing Crysis 3. A third case fan (with the adapter or splitter to connect it) or aftermarket CPU cooler is a must for heavy gaming at living room noise levels. I tried out a Noctua NF-P12-1300 fan and am very happy with it.
The biggest thing I would change is getting a motherboard that had an optical sound output. Those ugly furniture rubber feet rising the case up are a temporary solution to getting more airflow to the GPU while still having the case oriented horizontally. If I was building this today I would probably hold out for the almost identical ML07 case for looks alone.
The cooler and RAM were actually a bundle for -$16, which I just subtracted from the RAM purchase price.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||$159.99|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM||$39.99|
|Motherboard||Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150||$77.79|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$58.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$89.99|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$54.99|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX||$339.99|
|Case||Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop||$84.99|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 450W SFX12V||$94.99|
|Case Fan||Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm||$17.99|
|Date Published||May 12, 2014|
|Date Built||May 3, 2014|