Build went pretty smoothly although some of the parts were pretty difficult to shimmy in there due to size restrictions. Because of this, the build had to be assembled in a very specific order in order to fit things in the case. The biggest problem was the graphics card, since it had essentially no clearance in any direction when finally installed. Because of this I had to do things in this order:
- Uninstall EVERYTHING from the case including the power supply, fans and brackets
- Install SSD to the back of the motherboard
- Install cooler to motherboard with tubes facing away from PCIE slots: this was the only direction that worked for me
- Install motherboard to case
- Install graphics card carefully
- Install RAM (believe it or not, the graphics card would not fit in with the RAM installed first)
- Plug in PANEL headers (very difficult to route well after installing the radiator)
- Install the secondary fan to the radiator of the cooler (could not reach the screws after the radiator was installed)
- Install radiator to front of case
- Plug in fans and pump
- Install power supply, which really squishes the tubing on the cooler, but it seemed to be ok
- Plug things in
- Organize cables.
Everything ended up fitting and the end result was actually pretty clean, but there is definitely less than 1mm of clearance between the backplate of the graphics card and the radiator fans and less than 3mm of clearance between the end of the graphics card and the front of the case. Note that there is absolutely no way to fit the optical drive or drive caddies with the cooler mounted. If you're looking to mount 2.5" drives, take a look at the "Minish Box" build for some ideas of where to put extra 2.5" drives. I don't think it would be possible to put in any 3.5" drives neatly.