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Okay, this is my first build. Would never have tried this except for this site and all the other builds and support. So here it is. Take a look. I hope that I have not made too many mistakes with PS/Chip/Mobo, etc. This site helped with organizing all the wattages and pieces.

Build took 3.5 hours. I watched the pcpartpicker Corsair 250D build, as a guide. Helpful!

Started up, well. I have installed an M.2 PCIe Samsung XP941 SSD 128G to hold the operating system. So now trying to figure out how to install the operating system on that Samsung SSD. NOTE: Changed to Plextor M6e Series 128GB M.2 PCIe Internal Solid State Drive (PX-G128M6e). This one actually worked better and NO problems. The original Samsung was not stable as this PCIe SSD is bleeding edge. And Asus could not help me with it.

NOTE: The Asus Maximus VII Impact Mobo will not allow the Corsair H100i to seat the radiator next to the Mobo! The HDMI port, on the Mobo, gets in the way of the tubing from the cooler. So you have to do what I did. Put the radiator against the case and the fans on the inside. The fit is tight. But we all know that and it will work. I would have preferred the other way around. NOT A BIG DEAL. But an FYI.

Final note. When putting the DVD tray, on top of the Graphics Card wiring, be careful to massage the Graphic Card power cables down so that the card will not bend. If you force the tray and the wires are stiff, the Graphics Card can and will bend. Be mindful.

Appreciate any feedback.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I would improve the cable management but this build makes me cry on how identical it is to my build xD. I started with the same layout but went crazy overboard with watercooling only to end up with a $4000 Mini-ITX build. My wallet is now broken!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, I love the small form factor builds and this is one of the cases I have been looking at for a while.

I think for all the stuff you packed into it the cable management is not to bad.

Do you have the system running on the m.2 ssd? I have been looking at maybe picking one up for my current system.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I am using the m.2 Plextor as my system ssd. The Samsung (which is faster and runs a lot hotter, did not work and I tried really hard to make it happen. Even online forums were lamenting the Samsung issues). The Plextor was an easy install and was up and running with Zero issues. A fast start and bonus overall.

Plextor M6e Series 128GB M.2 PCIe Internal Solid State Drive (PX-G128M6e)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Yeah, for my first try the cables can use some work. Overall, was happy it started up first time. And did not forget any connections. It is not too loud, powers two 27" Benq monitors. Love it for playing Eve Online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2X1MIR1KMs

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

SO GLAD I SAW THIS!

I put together a pretty much identical system yesterday and being a bit of a novice I got stuck when it came to trying to fit the cooler, what with it not fitting next to the MoBo. Now I know to swap the positioning of the fans and rad.

THANK YOU! :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Been using this daily for 20 months and not one problem....ever! Am so happy that I am contemplating giving to my son and trying a stronger build. Been a great success all around.