This PC is actually an upgrade to my old full tower system, although this time with portability in mind. Later this year I'll be heading off to University and wanted something a bit more portable for lugging around, and I also love how cute it looks on a desk!
I've built a number of PC's before, but this was the first micro-ATX one. It took about five total hours to piece together and I did run into some trouble squeezing things in. I was initially using two GTX 970's from my old system in SLI, but I found they were too tall for the side panel to fit on. I decided to sell my 970's and go for an EVGA 980Ti as its performance is roughly the same as my SLI config and having a single GPU gets rid of all the annoying scaling problems I had, as well as freeing up room in the small case.
I've been especially amazed at the 980Ti's performance which out of the box is running at 1316MHz. It's extremely close to the Titan X by about 1-5fps and its 6GB VRAM should be plenty for future proofing. However, it has been running a little hot at 83 celcius and the fans are slightly noisier on load than I expected.
The rest of the components pretty much speak for themselves. 4790K for high end games and a snappy speeds, water cooling for overclocking, an SSD for quick booting and loading, 750W gold PSU for decent efficiency, and the Corsair Air 240 for its beautiful two chamber design and great form factor.
Overall everything seems pretty good, although airflow is a bit of a struggle. With the front 240mm radiator a lot of intake air is blocked off by it and I think this is why the GPU is reaching 83 celcius, despite reviews online showing it to be running in the mid 70s. However, being micro-ATX this is expected, and 83 celcius is hot but not dangerous. I'd also like to maybe upgrade to 16GB RAM in the near future. I've noticed titles like Witcher 3 and GTA V are consuming a ton of RAM and I'll need extra RAM for using virtualisation software at Uni too.
I'm also aware of the messy cabling right now! Unfortunately there's no routing holes above or to the left of the motherboard because of the form factor, so all the cables have to be strewn across the motherboard and through the holes on the right. The LEDs also have an annoying and ugly red cable which I really hate. I'll probably be replacing them.
Anyway, hopefully by this point you aren't bored to death! If you have any questions feel free to ask away :)