This is my first updated build, last computer i build before was a p4 lol, after migrating to a mac and being a user for quite some years. I build this machine with a main focus on mobility as I enjoy LANpartying with friends, I also took into consideration performance and price, essentially something what would last a good number of years with minimum investment on upgrades, as is to be a dedicated gaming machine. Most of the parts I picked i got on sale trough amazon and my local Fry's(price match) yes!!! I'm a cheap ******* lol, but not necessarily like to pay the premium price for premium pieces, I notice a trend with amazon dropping prices to match newegg's and since Fry's will match either of those retailers was a no brainer. Now the fun part was fitting all this stuff into such a small case, I can tell first hand it was a tad easier than building on a prodigy(I tried before) and the looks are phenomenal, being an automotive technician I love the Bmmer inspired star/stop button and the open air design. Now you might ask why I choose this parts and not the newer fresh off the mill releases...time! I hoarded pieces for about 7 months, so naturally newer fresher version were released, but yet I got better prices on most if not not all the components on this build compared to the newest stuff. A good example of this is my choice for SSD's, hyper x's 3k, at one point went on sale for $119 with a watch dogs voucher(street value of 'round $30 at the time of purchase) so take that off and you get a nice SSD for about $90 plus taxes. Now onto the parts: -4770k mildly over clocked @4.2(stable, lower temps while under load) -h100i(with the infamous glitchy led, even after registry fix) -maximus vi impact (loaded with features for the price, m.2 and integrated wifi is nice) -hyper x beast (nice set of ram, haven't had any issues with since purchased, runs xmp @ 2133 as it should) -x2 hyper X's on raid 0 as main storage (you do noticed a difference on loading times coming from single ssd) -transcend m.2 (this thing is insane, boot time from push to windows in about 15 secs.) -asus mars 760x2 (I know is not the most popular gpu out there, but if you can get it under $500 @ the door is a great value) -run off the mill 850w psu, fully modular -rog swift (on my opinion is a mixed bag, you either love it or hate it, high price for little features, but having gsync and higher resolution makes up for it, specially on games, not so great for watching vids and doing office work, not the most vibrant of colors and the anti glare does give it a grainy look...but as soon as you fire a game oh boy) -mouse and keyboar and headset-
Now my pro's and con's of this rig--->
pro's: -size -power -looks -relatively quiet (even on second setting of fan controller)
con's: -is a power hog for the size, specially the mars, the amount of heat it dissipates onto the room is insane, playing minecraft or something less demanding is not bad, but as soon as you launch something better you can feel the heat radiating from it. -limited expandability, single pcie, and if you build as I did hdd cage is unusable. -cable management is not existent (unless you get creative, ex. dremell tool) -price, even hunting out deals still pricy.
Over all conclusion: I'm very happy with it, even tough is not the most powerful build, it can handle pretty much anything I trow at it, nice, quick and quiet. Will I do it again... maybe... building mITX is kinda of a pain, and I would see why people with larger hands would have a hard time fitting stuff into such a small case.