After a few upgrades and tinkering from my previous build (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/Yx4D4D) I was not having a good time with my CM Elite 130 case: Poor cabling and limited cooling options were frusturating me, so I kept the basics and sent out to completely revamp my PC!
i5-4670K + GA-Z87N-WIFI - This core of my PC has been hamstringed since day 1, with cooling options being limited and damaging the stock CPU cooler means I had to disable Turbo Boost to stop throttling while in-game. It works well still, and has all of the features I need so replacing it was not required.
Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200RPM HDD - It's a hard drive, it does hard drive things.
Thermaltake Core V1 Snow - I fell in love with this case when I saw it in a build here (I wish I remembered which one). Far more room in the basement than expected, it handled all of my cabling + extensions easily. Looks great and it's fairly roomy for a mITX case without being huge. I think I'll stick with this for a long while.
Corsair H90 AIO Liquid Cooling Loop - With the case selected, I opted for a larger cooler. The choice between an air cooler or AIO was purely cosmetic - I like the clean look of the pump. Haven't started overclocking on it yet, but will give it a shot soon. Currently idles at +8c over ambient and +28c over ambient under load.
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3 1866MHz RAM, 2 x 8GB - No reason for the capacity upgrade other than I wanted to max out the board and not have to worry about it later, as well as the white colour scheme I was gunning for. I plan on keeping this configuration for as long as I can continue to use the 4670K in modern gaming.
PNY CX 1211 480GB SSD - My old SSD died on me, and I'm currently in the middle of the RMA process for it. In the mean time, I ran over to BestBuy and picked out an SSD that's not horrible. Not the best price for it, but I won't complain - it's still plenty fast and handles my needs.
MSI GTX 770 2GB - A hand-me-down from my brother, replacing my Windforce 760 (that is not in my girlfriend's computer). No complaints, but it justified my next part.
Corsair CM650W PSU - A well reviewed PSU that was on sale. My CX500 was a gamble if I wanted to overclock with the 770 and the i5, so I made a cushion happen. This PSU will hopefully come with me over to my next machine after my 4670K needs to be retired.
Cooler Master 80mm Fans + Silverstone 2-fan Splitter - With the H90 dumping all of the warm air into the case I needed to exhaust that warm air - these little guys did the tick just fine. The GA-Z87N-WIFI's single SYS FAN header needed to be split to take them and the H90 pump moved to a direct PSU connection through a molex adapter.
Silverstone Cable Extensions, White - I'm happy how the white and black scheme turned out! Looks awesome and wasn't as much of a pain to work with than I thought, and an added bonus of the 24pin not being a pain in the *** to plug in with the Silverstone cable.
Build Challenges: Initially, I had to RMA my Corsair H90 because I overtightened the cooler onto the backplate, stripping it. Removing the stripped backplate caused me to nick the underside of the motherboard, exposing some leads that were covered inside of it. Talk about stressful! It boot after a quick reassembly, so I'm not worried about it, but I seem to have either damaged or caused a sensor to misread my board temperatures - 127c on Temp 2 causes my PC to crank the SYS fans as hard as they will go (and holy crap two 80mm fans going full tilt is loud and disturbing). A SpeedFan custom profile had to be created and implemented to keep the noise down.
The Future: Simple, Pascal/Polaris!
Questions, comments, and concerns are all welcome!
Great little case. Cable management was a breeze (for a mITX case) and managed to fit a push/pull 140mm AIO setup with the included 200mm fan still installed. Build quality is pretty good and a few little extras I liked (cover for the black PCIe mount point and screws). Can't really fault the case for the price.