This computer is my very first PC that I built by myself. When I decided that I wanted to build my I own PC I was overwhelmed by the mountain of information and the steep learning curve. But I took my time and i slowly learned what everything meant. I decided to build a rig that was capable of 144hz 1080p gaming. I feel that I succeeded at this. The next thing that I needed to figure out was what form factor to go with. Realistically I would never need an SLI or Crossfire setup. So I set my sights on the MIni ITX form factor. I immediately fell in love with the small form factor and the idea that a small PC can be just as powerful as some of the larger rigs. I decided to go with the Asus Maximus VIII Impact because it is the best Mini ITX motherboard on the market. The case I wanted to be something different, I am not a fan of the shoe box cases that do not show off hardware. I saw a review by JayzTwoCents for a case by CaseLabs called the Nova X2M and I immediately knew that this was the case that I wanted. CaseLabs makes the best cases on the market and I can see why people love these cases. They are simple can you can do anything with them.
I slowly gathered my parts and put my rig together and it was so much fun building and testing the system. Building a PC is like adult legos but the legos are really expensive. I just have a few thoughts on ITX for first time builders. As a first time builder i do not recommend ITX for a first time builder. The limitations and lack of space make the building experience very difficult. Now that my rig is completed I am realizing the limitations of ITX. The one PCI slot is very limiting and I cannot add anything else to my rig. These limitations are very frustrating but I love my rig regardless . If I could do it over I would have gone Micro ATX.
The cables deserve their own section. I decided that I wanted custom cables in my case. Since it is a smaller case I couldn't buy a set from a company like Cablemod. I did my research and I found out about IceModz from watching the YouTube channel Singularity Computers. IceModz is located in Iceland and each and every order is made by hand. It takes two-three weeks for the order to be made and then one-two weeks to ship depending on where you live. The owner is named Mundi and he is an amazing person. I emailed him and he walked me through the process and helped me place my order as well as answer all of my dumb questions. When my order came up Mundi emailed me saying that a color that I requested in my order was no longer in stock and that he did not know when it would be back. He helped me develop a new color scheme and updated my order. The customer service at IceModz is amazing and Mundi will email you back within 24 hours. I will only get my cables from IceModz and if you are looking for custom cables then look no further than IceModz.
The computer is named Mutiny. It is a nod to the AMC TV series Halt & Catch Fire, which tells of the computer boom of the 1980's. In the show the main characters found an indie video game company called Mutiny. I love this show and I highly recommend it. The name is my tribute to the show.
Before you comment that I spent too much hear me out. I set out to build a computer for me and not you. Some of the parts were selected for aesthetic reasons. I know many of you could have built a computer similar for cheaper. I say good for you. This computer was not built to be cost effective. It was meant to be my personal rig that satisfied me.