This was my first build. I wanted it to be somewhat portable so that's why I went with this case. Should be sturdy in the car during transport. I also really wanted to show off the internal components and specifically wanted the window and red lighting.
My previous HP desktop from Best Buy finally died after 6 years of use... it was a hoss! Right now, I bought this solely for Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel. Should prove to be a great gaming machine in the future too. I tend to be very loyal for one game for a long time.
What worked: * Case form factor. I had read up on building custom PCs and heard how difficult it is to work in small spaces. Granted, I have very long skinny fingers that are ideal for this type of thing. I also did this for the enjoyment of it so I had a lot of patience. The case is amazing. You can remove the top, bottom, left. and right panels and have all the space you need for your hands. As for your components, I found it worked will with my equipment.
- Fans. It comes with 2 intake fans and 1 exhaust fan. Seems to keep it around 39 (resting) -50 (gaming) Celcius range.
What didn't work as well: * The fan is very big and, if I could do over again, I would get a smaller fan. This one is resting on one of the memory sticks. My friend told me I needed to replace it with a smaller fan, but I had already installed it and figure the damage is already done. I also think there's give-and-take... if I get a smaller fan, I risk damage to the CPU removing it as well as limiting my cooling ability.