Why I built it
Built for gaming and to shun the non-backwards compatibility of the latest consoles. ;)
I based this build on pcpartpicker's i5 / 250D combo, but changed a few parts:
- I wanted more RAM. This was both for futureproofing (two slots on mobo means less room for future expansion) and to eliminate the need for a pagefile.
- I opted for a larger power supply. The EVGA GTX 780 Ti specified at least a 600w PSU on the side of the box, so I went for a Corsair CX750.
- I swapped out the SSD and went for the Kingston unit over the Samsung. This was because the Kingston offered faster read/write speeds for pretty much the same price.
- It was definitely a tight fit for the H100i. In the end, the lower of the two cooler pipes presses on the back of the USB2 / PS/2 port block and is pushing the block toward the back of the case. I'm concerned that the connections for this block may eventually break due to the constant pressure. I'm not planning to use those ports, so hopefully this won't be too much of an issue for me.
*With hindsight, I wish I'd spent the bit extra on a modular unit because in a case this small, all those unused cables really do get in the way (they're stashed away on the floor of the case, hooked under the front fan casing as much as possible).
*The power cables from the GTX 780 Ti make it impossible to fit the optical drive bracket. The connectors alone sit too far proud of the card, so the flush fitting required by the bracket make it impossible to install it. I'm solving this problem by spending £20 on a USB DVD writer.
*The CX750 does not come with an 8 pin PCI-E connector, so I had to use a 2x 6 pin to 1x 8 pin converter which came with the card. This does add an unwelcome additional length of cable into an already cable crowded case, however.
Generally, I'm very happy with the build. It boots from cold to password screen in around 10 seconds which is awesome. For all of the spaghetti cabling inside the case, the top cover does a great job of concealing it when attached, as the window sits directly over the motherboard, making it difficult to see inside any other areas of the case.