I recently dumped my ps4 and decided to build myself a gaming rig that could double as a htpc. After browsing this site for awhile I came across a build using the Silverstone RVZ01 and knew I wanted to use this case. Halfway through putting it together I felt like Gob Bluth, "I've made a huge mistake". It was sooo tight in there. Obviously being my first build, I know nothing about cable management, so I resorted to studying other peoples pictures trying to figure out how to cram all these parts and their respective cables into this tiny case. In the end, I did it, but not after feeling like I was never going to do it a few times.
Impressions so far:
This thing is so quiet. The sound of my typing right now is enough to drown out the noise of the fans. I am extremely pleased as I wouldn't want to hear fan noise in the background while I'm watching movies.
Dat boot. I'm using the Plextor M.2 SSD as my boot drive for Windows 8.1 Pro. I followed the guidelines on an Asus blog and boot time is under 10sec. It's pretty amazing. I had read a lot of people had issues using the M.2 as a boot drive, but I had no such problems. The drive was recognized straight away and the OS install was easy peasy.
I haven't really had a time to test much else, so I will return with an update when I do some benchmarking, but so far I am really pleased. I may have gone a little over my original budget but I don't think I will feel the need to upgrade anytime soon. My only regret is not taking more pictures while I was putting the system together, but I was stressing too much over the lack of space issue.
I downloaded the 3d Mark demo from steam. Here are my firestrike 1.1 Results:
I don't have a lot to base this on as to how I'm performing. Anyone have any thoughts?
***Added some pics of the cpu cooler per request