What better time to build a PC than during Black Friday? Well, probably quite a few days... but hey - it was a good deal anyways - leave me alone!
It was an interesting experience building this little (well, rather big) guy. I had never built on a microATX before. Not that it's any different, but still something new. Here is some information you may find interesting:
I opted for a full ATX case for a few reasons: No one will ever steal my PC, I didn't want all my parts to be cramped - I wanted lots of spare room in case of upgrades and lots of room for air, and with 4 preinstalled fans for 49.99, how could I say no?
The case is wonderful and has lots of rooms for customization. You can choose to remove a lot of these features (something that I chose to do) if you don't find them necessary. The case allows you to run all 4 preinstalled fans on one controller found in the back of the case, however, my PSU did not support this (and I did not have the cables necessary), so I chose to only use 3 fans and plug them in manually into the motherboard until I decide to purchase a connector.
My only complaint is that I wish there was a bit better way to hide some of the PSU cables - oh well.
With 10% cash back from retailers (5% doubled), a gift card from Amazon, and a generous monetary gift from my wonderful girlfriend, I was able to keep this build under $500!
I hope you enjoy my build even slightly as much as I did!