Concept: I wanted a HTPC/Media Server/Emulator/LAN Gaming machine all fitting into a case the size of Xbox One w/ great cooling options. (Limited on size of case for TV unit)
Case: I chose the RVZ01B b/c it was the size that I wanted & it had a great design made for cooling.
Motherboard: It was a though choice. I really wanted to get a brand I trust, H97, & all for a good price. There was a showdown between this Asus & a Gigabyte, while the Gigabyte had on board AC Wifi the Asus had a 3rd Fan port & that won the case.
CPU: Wanted Intel, It'll be able to handle all that tasks it was designed for.
Memory: Wanted low profile; also I trust Corsair they do a good job
HDD: Wanted a WD Red in case I leave it running all night & I figured it'd have a longer life running @ 5400 RPM; probably will install a M.2 SSD later on down the line.
PSU: Few choices, this one was modular, 80+ gold, & included the short style cables.
Optical: Wanted something, might upgrade to blu-ray when price lowers
GPU: *Coming Soon (750 Ti or 960)
Benchmarks: *Coming Soon
Final Remarks: omg that was a hard build xD. There is VERY little space for cable management & you gotta really tuck them in good. The PSU intake holes don't line up with my PSU which is odd since the case & PSU are made by the same manufacture, about only half of intake fan bringing in air. The instructions don't have good pictures on the different screw sizes. @ least 1 fan is making an annoying sound, going to lower RPM, but I might replace all the included fans. PSU mount is a pain until you figure out the trick. Despite all the negative things I've mentioned you'll either be able to work around any issues or except them. If your planning to build please plan ahead & watch ytube videos on how others did theirs. Also if your planning to upgrade anything in the future please hold off until you have them money for what you want b/c its going to be a pain to take %80 of the build apart & put it back together. Also try to have a partner & lots of lights.
PS. I still love my build
Great CPU, if your looking for budget gaming or just a solid CPU this is your man
Great reliable/solid board that if it has all the features you want you should definitely own one. Only nit pick is I wish is came with Wifi onboard.
If you know what your getting into with this board then I absolutely recommend this ITX case. My only grips are: I wish is came with slightly better case fans (but they'll do); The instructions are horrible, it has 1 sentence for every part of the case & I can't tell what each screw is based off of the instructions (so previous experience required); Must figure out the PSU bracket trick. Despite these grips i'm still very happy with my choice and if you want a Xbox One sized computer this is your man.
Great PSU, personally for my build I wished the modular cables were easier to bend or orientated differently, but I got them to work so 5/5
About the only affordable slim drive on the market, you will have to buy the slim to full sata adapter separately, but since the next one up is $80+ for DvD or $150 blu-ray its a fine choice.
After you get it up to date (W8.1 w/ Update) & install Classic Shell (or equivalent) its the best option on the market right now.
Awesome battery life, range, & durability. Recommend any day.
Its a great option, but since there has been 2+ revisions since its debate I'd go with the newer options b/c they fix my 1 grip about grip.