Originally this build was created in 2014, starting as a MITX build with an elite 130 and a GTX 750 Ti with 8gb of ram. This system served me well for quite a while but I decided to upgrade quite a bit this year. First was the video card, a GTX 1060, which does play much of the games at 1080p ultra/very high settings easy. Before I could do this I had to change the Logisys (yeah I know, a pretty low end) PSU so my pc wouldnt blow up (it was fine with the 750 tho)
Before I was able to get stable frames 8gb needed to be upgraded to 16gb, as games like GTA V and Forza were just a stuttery mess and constant pagefiling was an issue. Next, the card did spike up to 80 celsius when overclocked and some noticable coilwhine was being caused by the position of where the card sat in the elite 130, so my latest upgrade was to the 88r from corsair. It is a very nice case, and especially roomy for its form factor. I'm sure if my motherboard wasnt MITX and MATX my cable management would be better. I also have 5 case fans to ensure any overclocking business was no issue like in the elite 130 (can confirm, temps decreased by 10 celsius)
CPU temps were not really that bad, maxing at 76 celsius, but I rly like the look a large heatink in the PC so I got the biggest one that could fit in the case without scratching the window. This brought my temps to 60 celsius during heavy gaming.
Overall I am really pleased with the build so far, and I plan to do incremental upgrades every few months and possible go with an r5 cCPU later down the road, cause i5 usage is becoming an issue in some of my games.
EDIT: Oh yeah, the hotswap bay is there just cause and I know my monitor is pretty dirty :P
Nice CPU, has held its own for roughly 3 years and maybe for another year.
Mainly for looks, but it does keep temps lower than stock cooler and quieter under load
A decent motherboard, but features are really limited, such as 1 chassis fan only and no USB 3.0 front panel support
Its ram, nothing to rave about
Just needed 2tb hdd for now, and this one is good but its friggin loud. will get an ssd later on
Very nice plays all games maxed or very high above 60 fps, Just a warning tho if you place the video card in an elite 130 there is a banshee-like sound it makes :/
Nice and roomy case, would definitely recommend especially for the price
This gives me extra headroom if I ever plan to get a power hungry GPU later on or if I do OC for my CPU later on. Semi modular design also made cable management very easy