Yep, I removed the cage completely. I’m using a single SATA M.2 SSD (hidden under the GPU), and if I need more storage the mobo has another M.2 slot.
Have a look at the Cryorig C7. I was planning to use it on the same i5 7500 until Ryzen showed up, and it looks perfect for your colour scheme.
Thanks once again for your advice. I've decided to go with the same motherboard that you chose, as it's one of the cheaper ones for the amount of I/O I'm looking for (in an H170m board).
I was set on the i5 6500 until this morning when I noticed that the i5 7500 was 0.2GHz faster and actually cheaper. However, as it's a Kaby Lake CPU I'd need an Asrock motherboard with a BIOS version of P7.00 or higher. Asrock released that version in October 2016; do you think there's a risk of me receiving a board with an earlier BIOS version and have to find some way to reflash it?
Thanks for replying!
While my budget isn't fixed to a specific price, in terms of upgrading-capability I don't anticipate doing anything more than adding a second SSD, or perhaps swapping out the 1060 for a 1070 somewhere down the line.
With that in mind I took your build and whittled it down, and am now eyeing an H110M chipset motherboard. While I'm aware that I should choose a board with enough fan headers for the Mini-C case, is there anything else I should look out for, and do you recommend any specific brands or models?
Hi, I'm planning on a similar build for my first PC, which will instead have a 2.5" SSD and Gigabyte's G1 Gaming GTX 1060 6GB.
I'm wondering why a 550W supply was chosen. From what I've read and seen so far, a (good quality) 500W or even 450W supply would work just as well - is this true?