I have upgraded my windforce 760 to a windforce 780ti! A literal doubling in GPU performance!
Rx 480 Nitro+ OC is mine! Received morning of 28/07/2016
Several months ago I was like: "You know what? A small form factor gaming rig would be super cool!" and so I started down the long road that ended with the pictures you see above.
My first problem was what case I wanted; I spent ages trying to make this decision and there aren't many small cases with support for a 294mm GPU.
I had several possible choices:
*Elite 130: Can't get good CPU cooling in this as the GPU will prevent an aio in the front.
*Bitfenix Prodigy: Too big for an itx case.
*Phanteks evolv itx: Too big!
*You get the idea...
And then whilst computex was going on I saw it!
The fractal design core 500!
It was perfect! 280 radiator option; long GPU and a full size atx psu; and more drive options I would ever need; all in the smallest possible space!
Of course the case had only been announced, I still had to wait for it to be released. So after a bit of interneting I found one place that gave an ETA of August time for UK launch. Great, this lines up exactly with the launch of unlocked Skylake! Hyyype!
So I draft in the parts I want and wait... and wait.
Then Skylake launches! Yay! Lets order aaalllll the parts! Oh wait, no itx motherboards! Oh noes! What am I going to do? So I contact my favourite website and ask them "When do you think you'll have a Z170 mini-itx board in stock?" And so they tell me this particular one (Gigabyte Z170n-wifi) was on order and will be in stock by the end of the month! I wait until the website reports it as being 3-4 days or so until they receive them.
Overcome with anticipation I order the parts. (At this point I have the case)
The timer ticks down: 3-4 days. 1-2 days. Due date unavailable.
Yay! Wait, What?! "Due date UNAVAILABLE". Oh noes, this cant be good! So I get back onto them and they tell me it will be in stock by the end of the month. Having heard this from them before after a few days the mobo I have now becomes in stock elsewhere so I ask them to cancel the mobo on my order.
Now bundle deal linked to my mobo was my i5 6600k, they try to cancel only the mobo and the i5 gets removed as well.
Not impressed by this turn of events I order the processor and mobo from the other place and evrything is sorted. Its all out for delivery. Game over, I win. Right?
The order from the original website has a 2 day delivery and goes out three times in three days and each night returns to depot extremely upset I give up and just go and pick it up from them taking it home myself and delve head first into the joy of PC building.
Tl;Dr: Couldn't decide on the case, found case couldn't get mobo, CPU gets cancelled by accident, order needed collecting from depot.
Unlike trying to get the parts, actually building this thing was fairly straight forwards and easy.
I did have a minor problem with the pass-through for the psu (as shown in one of the pictures) and not being able to easily plug it into the psu.
I may kinda have forgotten to put the cooler backplate on the motherboard before installing it but it wasn't to difficult to correct that problem once I realised it.
I absolutely LOVED working with the case as you'll occasionally find something you didn't notice and be like "They deliberately put that here to make this easier". Contrary to what Dimitri thinks I found the removable panel easy to remove and replace correctly. The removable radiator bracket was a LifeSaver as it would have been so ridiculously impossible without it. All vents are well placed and allow everything to breath well.
Cable management is tricky but not impossible.
(I have redone the cables and they look so much better, the front SSD spot is very good for hiding cables in, and could potentially upload some updated pics if any of you are interested. (Hint, its much better now)
Over-clocking the CPU was fun (never done it before) although with the removal of the integrated voltage regulator Vdroop and LLC became an annoying thing. I managed to get 4.5Ghz at 1.225V stable and had 4.7GHz at 1.375V running for a short while. Also currently my bios doesn't have an option for adaptive voltage, just "Auto", "Offset" and "Fixed", and no auto doesn't have any fields for me to fill.
Tl:Dr: Great choices all round, love the case.
Great CPU OCed to 4.5Ghz stable at 1.225V
Amazing performance at incredibly low noise levels. Almost dead silent at idel.
Not the best looking board but works fine. Allowed me to overclock a 6600k to 4.5Ghz. Vdroop fairly bad. -1 No 7.1 sound or M.2 slot. -1
Used this line at DDR3 and had no problems. Still the case with this DDR4 looks great runs flawlessly.
Nice and fast and cheap. Cansurvivea4footdrop...
Absolutely AMAZING case. Solid build quality, small size, can fit a butt ton of hardware. 10/10 Highly reccomend.
Short length, quiet, great quality. Easy to insert/remove modular cables (Much better than a CXXXM psu)
Great colours at a great price.