This is not a new build. I'm only re-uploading this build because my niece somehow deleted my old account "AlamedShrew". I later downsized this build twice.
Second Build/Baymax 2.0 - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/cNQZxr
Third Build/Baymax 3.0 - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WxcYcf
Original Description: My first PC build was back in late 1997 using the AMD K6 (100-300MHz) with massive 500MB hard drive running the latest and greatest Windows '95...it sucked. Constant crashes, blue screen of death, buggy apps, tons of restarts, my case was large, heavy and but was used primarily for playing Starcraft.
I switched over to Macintosh with the 2010 iMac because of superior form factor, quality materials, small footprint, no more restarts, little to no buggy nonsense and excellent support for photo and video editing. When my iMac bit the dust in mid-2016 I looked to getting back into gaming. This a few months after the release of Overwatch. My intention was to use Boot Camp run Windows and play Overwatch and some Steam games.
Since Steve Jobs has passed away Apple has chosen to make incremental upgrades to their hardware with a focus on form factor and overall improvements in efficiency, not improvements in raw performance. Now I would have still bought another iMac hardware like a 7500rpm HDD standard in a 2012 iMac to a 5400rpm SSD/HDD in a 2016 iMac is a slap in the face to loyal Apple customers.
So I revisited Windows 10 and found that all the nightmarish problems I had with Windows '95, Windows '98, and Windows XP have been resolved and the OS is just as stable and bug free as Mac OSX El Capitan.
I was also surprised how much the PC building/modding market has matured. There are a LOT of cases available, very well designed and very good looking. My goal was to try to retain the aesthetic beauty of my old iMac coupled with the brute force of high end hardware.
The OS and basic apps are on the M.2 The 1TB SSD holds the photos, videos and music. The 500GB SSD is for gaming The 2TB HDD is the internal backup drive.
Case beautifully shows off internal components.
Design allows for A++ airflow.
Custom water cooling possible but will be a bit challenging.
Fits two AIO's easily.
Swivel side door has magnets on top and bottom that closes nice and sturdy. Plus allows instant easy access inside the case for whatever.
An excellent use of space for a super compact mid tower.
Cons: - Front grille cannot be removed unless you push in the four locking tabs holding it onto the chassis. I need to open both side panels just to get the front grille off to clean the intake dust filter. Not a big deal but quite a hassle.
Space for wires between PSU and drive cage is less than most ITX cases, keep that in mind. Again, not a big deal to take some extra time for cable management but still very annoying.
Cutout in the PSU shroud for the GPU's cables is underneath the middle section so cables look odd leaving the GPU into the PSU shroud at an angle.
Other Thoughts: - This case has a few quirks like but is still designed very well and the build quality is very good.