I built this computer as a birthday/congratulatory gift for my girlfriend. She had applied for and tested to get into an LPN program and the date she would find out if she got in happened to be very close to her birthday. I had made a deal with her that if she got in I would build her a desktop computer she could study on, but she had to provide the monitor and keyboard.
Her only computer at the time was a 14" Asus (U46E-RAL7) so she needed something bigger to work on. Since it was her birthday, I decided to surprise her with the monitor and keyboard as part of the build. Her previous laptop was an MSI that she absolutely loved, hence the MSI motherboard. Which is surprisingly feature packed for Mini-ITX.
Building in the FT03S-MINI was remarkably easy. Something I greatly appreciated after using a BitFenix Prodigy for my first Mini-ITX build. I have, however, come to the conclusion that truly clean cable management is a lie with Mini-ITX builds unless you do custom cables. I went with the 80 Plus Gold Certified SFX power supply thinking that the fully modular design would make the build a little easier, but it actually hindered some things. The bracket for the 3.5" HDD barely fits in place due to the 24 pin connector being immediately next to where it sits. Otherwise, I have nothing to complain about with how the build went together.