UPDATE 3: 20JUN15, Switched out the ASUS with the Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X and it definitely runs quieter and cooler but it is a VERY tight fit. Ill need to bend the left side mesh panel out a bit to keep the turbulence of the fans down but it is worth it. Picked up an NZXT fan controller for my 3 cougars that I will put in soon. Problem is the disk drive is going to have to go. Might pick up a slim usb one for those times when I need it.
UPDATE 2: 15JUN14, Just bought an ASUS R9 290 DCU2 and it is running too hot for use on some games. I got it for $400 on amazon and knew it would run a bit hot because of heatsink design for AMD. but anything over 85 especially stock clocks is terrible and unacceptable for gaming. Ive seen other people with this case run alot better temps with some different comparable cards from other companies. Thinking I might have to return this awesome card because the damn thing can't stay cool.
UPDATE 1: The 4 wire CPU cooling fan that came with the cooler does NOT reach the CPU fan connector on the MOBO. Instead it is hooked into the chassis fan connector. It is still able to be adjusted using the Asrock utility so not a huge issue.
I have a mid-tower somewhat dated gaming PC and decided to go with a new build. The SFF really peaked my interest the last few months, and with some nice cases out there I decided to give it a shot. I am very happy with build quality regarding the Elite 130 and just last night I hooked everything up together. Eventually I will purchase a enthusiast GPU and a SSD and use for gaming but for now I just wanted to get it setup for my overkill HTPC build :)
What worked well: 1. First to note, no faulty parts, everything booted up fine except for the fact I forgot to plug in the coolant pump :/ 2. The little PC looks great and is relatively quiet. I may mess around with some push-pull ideas but for now the stock fan and rad are keeping my cpu at 35c on idle. 3. The system even with an HDD boots quite fast. Ill update with some testing in a bit.
Issues: Other than deciding the preferential location for the HDD, there were two issues 1. The cables for the PSU are VERY long but it is to be expected with a normal ATX PSU. 2. The PSU really pushed down on the rubber hoses for the CPU cooler. Since performance and price are very similar between Corsair and CM Seidon, I would recommend considering Seidon for this application because the hoses are much more flexible. I may also return the DVD drive and replace with a small external to velcro on top to acquire additional cable real estate.
So basically the only issues so far are cable management which doesnt really matter to me in a windowless case(as long as airflow is not impeded)
Like I said I will update with some more load testing and some pictures but no overclocking for a while.