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New pictures and cleaned up the wiring inside...

Still having problems with Windows 10 only using 8 gigs and reserving the rest to hardware - I have tried everything I could find online to fix it - sans replacing the ram.

First time building a PC since the 386 days when I worked @ Egghead Software :) So you can guess my age...

I spent the last month combing this site and figuring out what type of build / look I was going for. I wanted small form factor and went with Mini ITX. For the look, I am a sucker for the black and white builds I have been seeing on here, so went that direction. For a theme I started with Clockwork Orange (which will be my next build), but ended up with Storm Shadow...and I can say I am pretty pleased with the results for being such a noob in this world..... That said....15 hours of build time (I know...i am old - needed to nap in the middle) and 500 bucks in extra stuff to send back to Amazon later (thank you Prime membership!)

Couple things about the case...

1 - It is really awesome for mini itx, although a bit larger (but it ultimately helps)

2 - Don't bother with a 3.5 drive in this. The one spot they give you is also the biggest area you need for cable management, especially if you are doing extensions. I went with a m2 on the motherboard and a sata SSD. Lots of space for multiple SSD if you want.

3 - You can do push pull in this set up, but you won't get 4 fans on the radiator (due to the cable management or your large video card (I think 1070 or 1080 + will start to encroach on the the 4th fan, I did not use 4 fans due to the cables). I have never seen anything above 58c with full on Light Room processing, so I think 5 fans total is fine (three on the radiator, 1 in the back and 1 up top).

4 - Back of the motherboard is exposed, which is great for multiple reasons and comes with a bracket to attach 2 more SSD's (remember when I said it could handle multiple?).

5 - Obviously as a NZXT case it is designed for plug and play of their liquid cooling (which I went with). That said, I did originally purchase a Deepcool Captain system, which I think would have hooked up fine. I went away from it due to brackets for AMD are not as friendly of a set up as I think it would be if you went with Intel (the placement is kinda weird and the tubes feel shorter due to it).

Also - the power supply I purchased was the white version (they don't have it as an option on the part list). I mention this because the cables that come with the power supply are white as well (I have seen some white power supply come with black cables). I thought this was a nice touch and went with it.

Now that I finished one, on to the next! I will be starting a new build soon to be my dedicated DAW rig (hobbyist musician) - same mini ITX form factor (event smaller though...going Thermaltake Core V1 Snow Edition). : Edit - I completed this build and it has been awesome.

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  • 3 months ago
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What issues are you having with W10?

  • 3 months ago
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Clean build. What did you use to take the photos?

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  • 3 months ago
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Hey there - only problem has been Windows reserving 8.1gig of ram for Hardware. I have tried every proposed solution (it seems) from researching online, but still the same. I might try new ram as a final resort.

  • 3 months ago
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Hey there - camera is a Sony A7r II.

  • 3 months ago
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Really clean build. I think I'm most impressed with the 5" screen and the data on it. Could you tell me more about that. Thanks

  • 2 months ago
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Can you please tell me how are the GPU temps at load?

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