I present you my first build: PANDORA BOX. It stores great power, but also great personal hardship.
My objective was to build a high-end compact computer to be used first and foremost as a gaming machine, but that could also be used as a workstation (programming and CAD). Another consideration was to not overpay for components. Hence, Nvidia's 2080 Ti and Intel's i9-9900k were out of question. I acquired the components throughout the last few months as I found good deals on them.
Overall, I think the end result was good with respect to performance, thermals, and aesthetics. The games I have tested run flawlessly at the monitor's native resolution and refresh rate, and the computer feels very snappy. The CPU's temperature stays below 70 C when running Prime 95 (Small FFTs + SSE), and the GPU's temperature stays below 65 C when running Furmark at the monitor's native resolution. The room temperature is around 21 C. Aesthetics are very personal, but I love the minimalistic design of the InWin A1.
In addition to its power and beauty, Pandora also brought hardships to my soul. First, building inside the InWin A1 case was very difficult for me. There is barely any space inside it. I had to carefully plan ahead the assembly process, and use special tooling to plug some of the connectors. I was also unable to place back the cover for the PSU cables because of the CPU cooler (bad design from InWin). Second, I noticed different buzzing noises coming from the computer under different circumstances. The very poor quality of the PSU the case comes with might be the culprit. When the video card is under load, for example, the PSU makes a noise similar to electric interference. Also, when the computer is in idle or under light load, the motherboard sometimes makes a slight buzzing noise reminiscent of a dot matrix printer. Since the noises are not very perceptible with the panels placed and the speakers on, I just decided to live with it (well, and because I found it impossible to disconnect the 24-pin power connector).
In the future, I think I will have to replace the terrible PSU of the InWin A1 for a decent one. When I tested Prime95 and Furmark together, the computer shut down after 10 minutes. Maybe it overheated. Add the noises to that, I'm very disappointed of InWin on this. Nevertheless, I am not going to replace it right now since I want to enjoy the computer... and my soul needs to recover.