This was a really fun build and a bit of a new challenge for me. My first build was in a Cooler Master mid tower case which I subsequently upgraded to a Switch full tower case. This time I wanted kind of a different challenge and a smaller set up so I went with this Manta build. A little pre-planning goes a long way and I had pretty much everything I needed staged and ready to go including Windows and system drivers. For any first time builders I can't recommend that enough.
The Manta case was really easy to build in. Even though its an ITX case its on the larger side and the curved panels give some extra clearance with the cables. It turns out I am not great at cable management so the extra space was helpful. It's didn't exactly turn out show quality, but all the cable routing holes in the front of the case made it easy to give the visible part of the interior a nice clean look. The back though is a total rats nest, even with a modular power supply. Admittedly I don't think I helped my self by going with an AIO cooler, since I have a locked CPU. But the low profile of the cooler and the cool RGB lighting I think make it worth it. The cooling is good too.
For storage I tried something different, and so far it seems to be working really well. I picked up an M.2 drive for booting windows, a couple of relatively in expensive SSDs that I configured in RAID 0 for storing games and some programs like chrome, and a 5TB WD Black HDD for mass storage (there's also a 2TB Seagate HDD in there that I threw in because I had it laying around). So far I've found this configuration to be extremely fast. It helps that I set it up right this time (I messed something up on my install of windows in my old rig and I didn't notice an appreciable difference in boot time on the SSD).
So far this thing keeps my CPU nice and cool. It would be nice if the CAM software that manages it was a little more stable, but otherwise its been a great AIO so far and the lighting is pretty cool.
Very happy with this board. BIOS is really easy to navigate and has lots of great features. WiFi is fantastic, very solid signal strength. The M.2 slot in the back is a little inconvenient but I can't really complain given the very limited space on the board.
Best case I have ever used. Its a little bit pricey, particularly considering larger cases with similar features are cheaper, which is the biggest draw back. It is also a larger case, Probably 2/3rds the size of a mid tower case, so if you want a really tiny ITX build, this might not be the perfect solution for that. The build quality though of this case if fantastic. The matte white panels are nice a solid and have a very attractive minimalist look. The curved sides make the case interior nice and roomy which helps tremendously with cable management, radiators, fans, and lighting.