Built this back in April 2019, after a year of being tempted by friends I took a mini plunge. Luckily I had received a scholarship award from school so it was all entirely burnt away on this lmao.
It wasn't too bad, a smaller case is of course tricky for anyone... especially a newbie like me. The CPU cooler lists as incompatible with this case, it fits just fine. Just keep in mind it has about 3-4mm of clearance to the side panel.
The GPU is great, however it was purchased used, intended to be a stop gap until I decided on what card I want to invest towards.
I will add my biggest gripe. I wasn't planning on any RGB in this case as I don't care for it, but the option is nice in case the desire sparks. This motherboard has been a huge headache. If I enable the board's RGB, it doesn't shut off when the PC is powered down. I recently swapped out my cooler to the Hyper 212 RGB Black as it was on a price drop... I can't for the life of me figure out why it's RGB isn't detecting. This could simply be from me being a newbie just not understanding how to navigate the physical motherboard.
Other than that I am very happy with the performance. I can finally play Civ, Total War and other strategy games without melting my laptop :D
What I Already Owned
- 2TB 5400RPM FireCuda HDD. It was from an old laptop, will eventually swap out with an SSD.
- Windows 10. I managed to get a key from my work (Bless you Phil in IT).
Great card, no overclocking yet but for straight out the box, everything on windows is very snappy.
Picked this up on a deal, it was stated it was not compatible with my case, fits just fine. Its doing a great job of keeping the CPU cool, especially since my rooms ambient temps are so much higher in the summer due to garbage AC in my room.
Lots of issues with RGB. I wasn't planning on using the RGB features, but whenever I tested it, the lights stayed on when the system was powered down. Can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong. Otherwise the IO is fantastic and its bios is easy to use (still garbage for RGB), and the two M2 slots is a nice bonus. (One M2 is for NVMe, other is regular SATA)
Really neat & tidy sticks.
Lightning quick, no complaints as of now.
Love the industrial look of the card. I picked this up used as it was a stop gap until I decide on what GPU I want to invest towards.
Nice case, especially for newbies. Cable management can feel a bit tight due to the size of the case and a power supply cover would have been nice. Biggest gripe. The side panel is plastic, dusts up and has a risk of scratching (have one after day one).
Great for the low demand of the system I built, and has a lot of deals available every few weeks.
Whisper silent, look sleeker than the traditional brown.