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.