Gaming and programming
Reason for upgrade
I had an ASRock M8 that was prone to these issues and eventually just stopped working last week, so I took the video card and hard drive and built this new computer with no ASRock parts.
Overall this case doesn't look quite as cool as the M8, but the layout for the parts inside is a little more sane to work with. Another bonus, this new case allowed for a full size power supply. The small and unimpressive 450 watt power supply of the m8 is why I have a gtx 1070 and not a 1080 video card (it didn't supply enough power). With 650 watts now I should have plenty of power when the next gen nVidia cards come out and I'll probably upgrade to the top of the line. Lastly, the m8 was only available as a barebones system so I was stuck with the ASRock mobo which eventually died (and had to be sent in for repairs once before that). This case allowed me to choose all my own parts.
This case is SMALL! Making things fit will be difficult. Your PSU must be modular, and even still getting all the cables in will be difficult.
You MUST do nice cable management; normally I care very little how the cables run (as you can see in some of the earlier pictures), but I was unable to close the case w/o having cables hitting fans until I did proper cable management. You should start out with proper cable management in mind and save yourself some redos.
If you can use the motherboards m.2 slots for the small form SSDs, your life will be easier since it doesn't require any more cables. In addition to the Samsung PRO m.2, I have a regular 3.5 SSD in here as well (from my old computer), and managing the SATA and power cables for it was barely feasible.
PCPartPicker will say that this CPU Cooler and case combination will not work, and they are right. You will have to replace the fan on the Cooler Master radiator with the slim 120mm case fan. Make sure to get get one that does PWM; I accidentally ordered a DC one to begin with and it was LOUD! As it is now with the PWM 120mm fan, the PC is actually pretty quiet.
I went through 2 other CPU coolers before settling with this one. I originally went with the Cooler Master GeminII M4 suggested in another build with this case, and it did not fit due to the RAM stick's heat sinks. There's not enough clearance and the heat sinks on these particular RAM sticks are not easily removable because of the RGB lights. If you get RAM w/o heat sinks, the GeminII M4 cooler might work for you. Next I tried the CRYORIG C7 cooler suggested some other builds. While it fit, the temperatures were awful. CSGO had the CPU hitting 100 degrees and throttling in no time, even at stock CPU clock rates.
This liquid cooler does very well (even with the slim fan), and keeps the CPU below 80 degrees even when overclocked with the ASUS XMP default profile. However, getting it to fit is BARELY possible. As it is now the slim fan is resting against the top of the RAM sticks; so be prepared to spend some time trying to fit this thing in there.
Lastly, the SilverStone manual for this case is terrible and has basically NO instructions. Some of the instructions are literally no more detailed than "How to install <part>: Install <part>" and a singular picture with the part installed (if you're lucky). Be prepared for some trial and error and refer to the motherboard manual wherever possible.
Now that this thing is built, I'm very happy with it. It has a lot of power and I can't wait to put an even beastlier GPU in this thing when the crypto craze dies down. As is, I usually max out the frames of any game at 144 FPS with gsync and 1440p.
For programming projects, the fast and plentiful RAM and NVMe SSD are just amazing.
Update I recently upgraded the video card in this build (as of 11/2018) with a GeForce 2080 TI RTX. Doing so caused shutdowns under load, so I also upgraded the PSU from 650W to 850W, which fixed the problem.