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So this is my first build, using it for some gaming, slight music production and just casual browsing. So far it has handled everything I've thrown at it and I'm extremely happy with it. :)

Intel Core i5-4440 - I didn't plan to overclock my CPU so this seemed like a pretty solid choice. The stock fan serves its purpose and it's covered up by the GPU, so that's a bonus.

Asus H97I-Plus - This is a nice little MoBo actually. Sure, its foam back-plate is a bit annoying, the HD audio slot is in an odd location and its quite expensive, but it works perfectly fine so I can't really complain much. I've had no problems so far with it and it's the perfect size.

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - It's memory. It works. It's pretty cheap. Not much I could say :P

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB - Only got the 120GB as I'm only using it for Windows but wow. I mean, I've never had an SSD before and the install and load time for windows was just wow. Wow. I only wish I got a larger one.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB - It's storage. It works. It's pretty cheap. Not much I could say :PP

MSI GeForce GTX 970 100 Million Edition - This card is just beautiful! Everything from the heat pipes to the color scheme to the design just screams "I am beautiful! Praise me!". In all seriousness this card is very nice. It has run everything I have on mostly ultra, which includes Cities Skylines, War Thunder, Besiege, and BeamNG Drive. I plan to get GTA V too, should be able to run it fine, hopefully on at least high. I've yet to overclock it as I find no need to yet.

Xigmatek Aquila MicroATX Mini Tower - This was one of the toughest choices for me. I was stuck between this and the Inwin 901. I still wish I went for the Inwin but this was on sale for a pretty good price so I just went with it. This case is actually a pretty solid case. It feels sturdy and looks pretty nice. The PSU was a bit of a tight squeeze, but it fit. If anyone's used the Inwin, mind telling me how it is? I might use upgrade from this case later on.

SeaSonic 520W - This power supply is actually very nice. It's extremely quiet and the cables that come with it are all black. I really love how it's fully modular too, with a small build like this it definitely helps. It even comes with a little cloth bag to store your unused cables which is a nice little convenience.

NZXT Hue LED Controller - This has definitely brought life into the build. The lights are nice and bright and it's more than long enough actually. Only con is the adhesive that comes pre-applied. It's horrible. I didn't believe some people saying that it didn't actually stick well, but now I see what they meant. The LED strip falls off the top of the case on its own, the adhesive is just horrible, it can't even hold its own weight. For now, I've fixed it with some normal tape, which is okay since you don't even see it. Be warned, if you're planning on getting this, have some other sticking solutions available.

I'm extremely happy with this build. If you have any questions or tips or anything really, just leave a comment.

Have yet to perform a stress test on the CPU, anyone know a good program? Oh and any suggestions for a good screen would be awesome too. :)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn dude, awesome little rig. I ******* love the HotWheels. The case looks awesome too, if I ever do a mini-ITX build I'm gonna thing about that. I have this screen at work and I love it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P02U42888

I just bought an AOC 22" on a flash sale for $80 and it's pretty good too, though I think the colors are maybe a little weird.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I just had some laying around and thought why not? Though I took out the blue one and left the classic haha. Thanks for the screen recommendations too, appreciate it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how was ur experience managing the cable in this case?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU was a pretty tight fit, but right under the motherboard is mostly empty space and that's where most of the loose cables are just hanging out. There are some nice cuts in the case for the MoBo power, Sata, and so on. I just wish they had some rubber grommets instead of just open holes.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Swap the cars for some sort of rusty weapon? Or perhaps velcro the SSD up there. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

If I had anything better I probably would've. Thanks

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build

How is the case, I have an old one that I had to literally hack out the harddrive slots to fit the card into and I really need a new one. Do you recommend it, and can it support dual SLI of the gtx 970s?

Also, an awesome program for bench marking is 3d mark. They really test your system and they have awesome looking tests. I use it and it's amazing. Check it out!

http://www.3dmark.com/

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the program :)

The case is definitely worth trying out. It's definitely sturdy, and I love the design of it. Any cables you have will be hidden away by the 970, which really helps. Like I said the PSU is a tight fit. The gtx 970 was also a little problem, the 6pin and 8pin inputs were right where the drive bay was, so I had to remove it when installing the card, which wasn't that bad. Just 4 screws and it popped right off. The window is slightly tinted and also shows the power supply and the HDDs and SSDs but I just covered that up with some black thin cardboard, just personal taste.

There are 4 card slots total, so I'm thinking SLI'ing should work, but probably with a tight squeeze.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're into luxurious cases, then buy Inwin. It's pretty damn expensive though.

BTW, Awesome Build with the Xigmatek Aquila.+1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Inwin's always had my attention, but yeah, they're seriously expensive. Thanks man!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

+10000000000000000000000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!