The aim is to use this for some light gaming and HTPC under Linux. The build was straight-forward apart from some small gotchas below. I am still testing it and will update with temps and performance. So far very happy! It can play SuperTuxKart at 4k (detail turned down to level 2). Might get a GFX card later on to beef that up.
My two rookie mistakes:
- There's two possible orientations for the cooler and one will obscure the RAM slots. Guess which one I choose first? Getting the cooler back off to reposition it was nearly a problem - it would not budge. Some kind of vacuum formed between it and the CPU. In the end it needed twisting off and it was a bit of a battle.
- The I/O panel shield had little metal prongs that obscured the displayport and HDMI ports, should have bent those back before I installed it. Had to undo the mobo in order to sort it out.
Other things to note:
- You don't need to buy anything else, you have everything you need included in the boxes the components listed.
- Note the rubbers for the PSU confused me: they go in the lines of four holes on the bottom plate of the case (see pic). The fat bit faces the PSU, the leg pushes through and secures once a slightly fatter bit goes through the hole...
- It's easy to get cables caught in the case fan, watch for that on first switch-on.
This was easy to work with - removing all the panels make access a breeze. The thumbscrews felt a little fragile but apart from that top case!