Jumped into this spontaneously. With absolutely no modding experience, or research on the proper way to do things. My first go was a disaster. Completely jacked on coffee, with little sleep, and several cans of spray paint I just went crazy. Everything was white and gold when I was done. EVERYTHING.
I painted a Cooler Master Elite 130 white, a corsair H75 white and gold, and a few Noctua fans white and gold. After throwing the build together it hit me that paint was EVERYWHERE. It was flaking off so badly I was sure to fry this computer and burn this house down. A trip to Microcenter later I was ready to start again.
So equipped with a 5 minute "how-to" video, sand paper, and clear coat I was ready to go. I sanded my parts down, masked everything off, and took things VERY slowly. This time it came out beautifully.
Looking towards the future I plan on getting a fully modular PSU, an M.2, and 16gb ram... and maybe look into putting this into an even smaller case.
Things I learned from this project. Cases need to be sanded. A little clear coat helps a ton. DON'T spray paint rubber tubes. Some fans don't come apart without breaking them. Fully modular PSUs are a necessity. I shake violently after five cups of coffee.
I'd replace my brain with this CPU if I could. Less deep rooted insecurities and more processing power.
Corsair really stepped up their game on their AIO stock fans. Sucks hard and quietly. Your mom should take notes.
One of the easiest ITX layouts I've dealt with. Only thing in a funky spot is front audio.
Thanks to cryptocurrency miners I have a card that is WAY more than I need. I'd have been damn fine with a 1070 or even a 1060..
It's small, thick, and can fit in tight spaces Like my cocker spaniel