To start off, please excuse the temporary crappy pictures. Facebook compresses photo's down like mad and I didn't feel like running upstairs to grab a sync cable for my phone. The LEDS also aren't as overpowering as they look in the pictures either, they are very subtle. The iPhone 7 Plus just captures it strangely.
The bug bit me again to build another white themed PC after building the new Intel rig for my brother. I had some parts laying around that were just collecting dust as well as some other parts from my brothers original build. I had a some spare AM3+ motherboards laying around and an old 8350, so I decided to get my first (planned) mATX build going.
DIYPC has proven to have really cheap cases that are surprisingly nice quality, and some decent looking designs. I'm more of a minimalist person but the DIY-F2-W seemed to just have enough flair to not be too simple, but not be over the top. One thing I was really worried about was cable management in a case that small. There isn't a lot of room on the back panel to play with for managing cables, especially adding the extension to already long cables. I was too lazy to go the sleaving route on them, but still wanted everything to look nice.
At first I had an Asus motherboard in the system, a M5a78LM, but eventually swapped it out for the Gigabyte one. Both of the boards are 4+1 phase power design for the VRMs so it's not really ideal for the Higher wattage FX chips. The Asus would throttle itself down after about 30 minutes of Prime95 testing due to the VRMs overheating. So I turned off Turbo Boost and underclocked and undervolted the piss out of the system. Prime95 ran well with no throttling now, but the VRMs were making some crazy noises. This is when I remembered that I had the Gigabyte board laying around. Long story short, the Gigabyte board has VRM coolers plus imo with a 8 pin CPU power connector I feel like it can deliver more power better than the Asus board with only a 4 pin CPU power connector.
Another thing that I was keen to try out was the Darkside cable extensions from ModMyMods. They are somewhat local so shipping is always super fast and reliable. The color fit perfectly well with the Asus board and the SATA cables, and surprisingly still matched once I swapped the motherboard.
I had some spare cable management grommets laying around, and with this case having some open holes that exposed wires I got an idea. I measured out the holes and got to cutting. I ended up making 3 custom rubber grommets for the cable management holes (which this case surprisingly has) and they turned out somewhat decent. Now finally getting this all crammed into the case was a challenge with the back almost not wanting close, but with some cable rerouting and finessing i got it all to work finally without being able to see any cables from the windowed side. The custom rubber grommets do a good job of hiding some cables, as well as the semi modular Corsair PSU eliminating all the unnecessary cables not needed.
All in all the build came out really nice and just like I envisioned it. There was not many reviews or pictures of this case or a build in the case, minus the ones with rat's nest wiring and low quality parts. So it was some what of a leap of faith with the case. It ended up being a lot smaller than expected but I feel like it sort of worked out.
Good card overall, runs well and is pretty quiet. Haven't tried overclocking yet but it run's PUBG and Rust in High settings with no issues.
My only complaint is the lack of a back plate causing a good amount of sag.
Please see the massive post above for my feelings on this case. At this price point, including two led fans (out of the 4 possibly that can be placed in the case) this is a steal.
Only thing I dislike is how the side panel has the window set up. I feel like it could be a tad bit bigger, but the way it is keeps both side panels symmetrical.