Same with all the other cool kids, I wanted to go for the RED and BLACK themed build. However, limitations of availability and pricing (for where I am) I settled for BLUE and BLACK. I am not as elated as I was when I had to divert from my original plan, but, as I start to gather the parts of my build, my excitement is also building up. This could also be just the onset of being it my first build. So we'll have to wait and see how it actually turns out!
Keep in mind that the goal is to have a mid-high gaming rig!
CPU - The heaviest workload for this build will be gaming. This CPU should be plenty enough. The 4690K is around $80 more so that also swayed me to get this instead.
MoBo - No overclocking on the horizon for this build. ASrock made with quality. Could have gone for their non-Pro4 version but the price difference was not that substantial that it made me turn to this MoBo for a bit of a premium. Better audio, more fan connectors and PCI slots.
GPU - The main reason why I switched RED to BLUE. The build will primarily showcase its non-reference cooler as the MoBo will be mounted horizontally. Should be able to max-out 1080p even the most demanding titles on this one. Plus it came bundled with MSI DS100 Interceptor mouse! WIN!
RAM - Solid reliable set. Wanted the Vengeance Pro series but it was not readily available. Having said that, my RAM requirements is that it supports XMP, 1600mhz, 8GB dual and of course the color. Check, check, check and check! Another set may be added down the road.
Storage - SSD no fuzz 250Gb for OS and some key applications. HDD 7200 rpm 64mb cache for temporary storage and some light steam games. Two 2TB HDD's will be in RAID for the more important files.
PSU - 750W is plenty for this build but they did not have the 550W available (which was better-made compared to 750W). Modularity is key as I will be trying to cram all these in a mATX case.
Case - New offering from ThermalTake, surprisingly loaded with modularity options. Should be good.
Fans - Saw these in the store and thought it would help in cooling and looks. Got it for cheap as well. For the price, I was surprised to see the cables were sleeved. Only concern may be loudness... Hopefully not.
CPU Cooler - The stock is not a lock but if it turns out okay, it will be there to stay. :)
ALL PRICES WERE CONVERTED TO USD FROM LOCAL CURRENCY!
This is a great mATX case! Doesn't look or feel cheap at all.
The power button has a great tactile feedback when pressed and the front I/O is relocatable depending on your orientation.
The 200mm front intake fan can only be heard when you put your ear next to it otherwise it is inaudible.
There is some flex on the panels but nothing to be too concerned about really.
You already know the modularity options that this case offers so I wont touch on that.
I suggest you install the power supply first of all. Make sure you have all the cables you need already attached to the PSU as making connections to the PSU with it already installed is quite the challenge, doable but could be difficult if you have normal to large sized hands. The manual would say that you install the power supply then its bracket but hooking the bracket with the unit already in is impossible. So, you need to hook first the "L-bracket" (that supports the front of the PSU preventing it from direct contact with the bottom panel) then cradle the PSU on it and slide your PSU to mount.
The modular railings that enables you to install your rads and/or fans on any side can be very difficult to remove the first time.
I'm trying to find a major flaw in this case from Thermaltake but so far I don't see any.
If you are on the market for an mATX case that doesn't shout "GAMER" nor break the bank, this case certainly deserves consideration.