I call her Snooky because she's little, loud, and already unfaithful.
Before I go any further i want to say that i started building computers back in September 2015, this is my 4th build now, (the 3rd I haven't posted yet) I have a problem and need help.
I decided spur of the moment that i wanted an mini ITX build. Went with Fractal Design because they are amazing. Their Core 500 case has a 5.25 bay which I cut into a double 5.25 bay with a hacksaw. I then mounted my Aerocool touch 2100 fan controller in it. It looks spectacular.
Xeon processor because it's cool as ice and powerful, but mostly because its $209 at Microcenter right now. Used a Zalman CNPS 9900 MAX cooler, better airflow than the standard blocky cooler. Combined with 2 top mounted 140 mm intake fans and a single 140 mm rear exhaust fan this thing stays pretty darn cool. I ran at 100% load for over 30 minutes on Prime95 and never went above 76 celsius, averaging 72. Pretty safe temps for such a packed case.
MSI R9 390 DOES NOT fit in this case. You have to cut part of the drive bracket away and put the dust filter on the outside of the case to make it work. Going to flag this compatibility issue in a moment.
I used a cheap non modular power supply. All the PSU Nazis can stay in your caves, I already know what you're going to say. This will be remedied on Monday; going to go sell a gun and buy an R9 Nano. With that I can fit my EVGA 850 G2 (overkill I know) and clean up the cable management.
Against my better judgement I will post a pic of the current cable management. Between the Aerocool, the front panel connectors, and the non modular psu there was little I could do. They are away from the fans, and LinusTechTips and my Real Temp numbers show that it matters little for cooling performance anyways. However in the effort of personal pride I will clean this up as soon as a non modular psu is in .
It might be a tad to call her unfaithful at this point, she runs great. It's just a temp monitor under the motherboard went down today and now I have to listen to an excruciating 20 second beep when I turn the computer on, also since the temp monitor isn't working the CPU fan stays on full speed 24/7 which is loud. I'll fix it Monday.
Once appropriate updates are done I'll re-post. If you're one of the 3 people that read this far thank you. Overall the mini ITX build was challenging but fun, I'm happy with the way it turned out. Pics are horrible as always, enjoy!
Edit: Added EVGA 550 GS and cleaned up cables! Updated pics added