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I had a 6yo gaming system that was starting to die so I wanted to build a new one before the end of the year. This is my first m-itx build ever. The mother board is awesome. Dual Lan and bios are greats features. This wasn't the mobo that I have planned on getting but I got a bundle deal with the processor. Plus, I really wanted the 7.1 audio ability. I'm using the front two SATA ports for ssds. My secondary ssd will be the dedicated game drive. The case is cool but the usb plug into the mobo for the front case I/O is loose. It would be nice if the 3.5" HDD bay could be cut in half and turned side ways for more room for the psu. I have a 3TB HDD that I will install later. I removed the original front 140mm fan and replaced it with two 120mm fans. I had to use the screws that were in the original fan to mount the two new fans. It is weird not having an optical drive but I haven't needed one yet. Windows 8.1 Pro was installed using a flash drive. Everything installed with ease. Use the mobo specific manual and not the quick guide. I got some headers backwards because of that. Any thoughts and ideas are welcome. What would you have done different.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Paint it brown and call it "Eva Braun"

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHAHAHAHA this made my day

OP nice build by the way, I've always wanted to see a Maxwell 380T build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. I really want to paint it red but I'm way to lazy for all that.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

lol +1000000000 for ya son xD this made my day

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice but try working on that cable clutter. I wanted tout ask you a question,how did you get such great privé. You make me jelly

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice try with the cable management I see how you tried. Also good choice in parts. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the builds uniqueness but I really don't see much effort with the cable management the ends of the cable ties not being clipped alone adds a lot to the clutter. A lot of those cables can be separated untangled and run into that space below the mobo on the side of the radiator. I'm not trying to be an *** because that case looks sexy but as far as cable management goes it looks like a challenge!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you ever tried building a m-itx system, if you did do you remember your first time at cable mamagement and how it was?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed fortunately for me I used the corsair 250d which has fairly good cable management for a mitx! As I said before I really like the build, however the cable tie ends are still shooting all over the case and a lot of the cables are bunched up on the mobo tray where they are very visible! Hell just clipping the ends of the cable ties will help a lot! It pains me to see people spend decent money on great parts and not have them be all they can be (airflow,thermals,aesthetics etc) but its not my money or my build so people can and should do whatever the hell they please! Happy Gaming!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

My cable management does suck. However the ties have anchors right where I put them. With the sides being removable, they didn't leave much room for effective management. I had to fit the power cable under the HDD enclosure. Comment appreciated though.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Small but powerful i like it dude

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you get 8.1 Pro for $70?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a student. You can get it from the windows store for $69.00 if you have an .edu email account......or a friend with one.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, nice. Unfortunately, none of the students I know get that discount.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

more power squeezed into a square foot of space than most people have in their full size towers (: love those parts! GTX 970's are powerful little boogers

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Playing Archeage on full right now. I'll be testing SWTOR and WoW over the winter holiday. The 970 is a beast.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are your CPU temps, both idle and under load, so high?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

wanted to ask the same question !

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry bad data. The package peaks at 85C under load.