I wanted to build this as a somewhat portable LAN box, as well as have a generally smaller yet still powerful machine.
I built this machine to play BF4 on Ultra at 1080P, with plans on going 1440P in the near future. I7, 16GB RAM, and 4GB GPU RAM might be overkill, but I'm keeping this thing for the long run so I wanted something that I could future proof myself with. Plus, I bought most of the parts on Black Friday so parts were cheaper. Winning!!
Currently running stock clocks, but have plans to overclock the I7 when it starts to become the bottleneck. Or, if I'm bored! lol
Cable management was a pain in this case, as there are not too many places to hide wires. Took me hours of tweaking to route all the wires in an optimal position. Also IMO, the Front Panel should be on the other side of the case so that that one can easily open and remove the right side panel. I could have moved it myself, but then the Reset button would be upside down, and hiding power wires (especially the mobo wire) would be more difficult.
Water cooler: I originally had 2 different Corsair H80I's, but they BOTH busted and leaked all over my mobo during install. I found the tubes too snug and thick...maybe that's why they leaked under all the pressure? Anyway, I got the Thermaltake 3.0 Performer instead and it was much easier to install with the thinner, more flexible tubes.
Cooling: Top and Bottom fans are set to intake, with the Water Cooler on Exhaust hence, creating positive pressure with the objective of keeping dust out. Anyone know where to get 230mm filters?
Open to any suggestions and/or feedback!
Thanks for reading