My second build, eventually looking to watercool and overclock it.
Cmon' man. You spent $1500 on a pretty awesome computer! Surely you can do a little better with photos? ;)
Lol I might post some tomorrow then.
There ya go. Sorry for the bad image quality, my phone camera isn't that good.
Cool build! Always nice to see another #TEAMROG build especially with one of my favorite boards like the GENE.
Also, it is less relevant now as you already invested in a PCIe card but for SFF I would have considered a USB-based adapter
The main reason is it does not affect slot expansion and also gives you more flexibility at times for placement ( front or back or with the unit I link it has a flexible base. This also helps to ensure best position and reception.
On a personal note, I would also state I ideally prefer the fans to be connected directly to the mainboard as opposed to the fan / SATA power header included. This allows all the fans to be calibrated and profiles and controlled through AiSuite. This is really nice especially when you are just surfing the net or doing basic things as you can do full silent and it disables all fans. The fan controls on the GENE are one of the really big differentiating points. Keep in mind even if you wanted to have the fans really clean you could set the header to PWM output and use a PWM splitter to have all the fans run off one header with a shared output control.
If you want an idea of the fan control functionality I am detailing you can check out the video below.
Best of luck with the build!
Great idea with the fans. I tried your suggestion and really like the AiSuite control over the built in switch in the back.
Also, the reason I used the PCIe card for WiFi/BT is mainly because I had it from a previous build, I don't plan on expanding much (might run SLI in the far future), and the antenna is as flexible as the USB-based one. (in picture #4 I have it on the side of the case)
Glad you enjoyed the Fan Xpert fan controls. They make things so much easier and allow for easy adjustment when wanted.