Alright, some of you might remember my older Project Taco H440 , and a few of the parts in this have been swapped over from it. Basically I wanted to downsize a bit as I can no longer justify dual card setups (not really playing as demanding games as I used to...for now).
So justification time:
Case: Honestly my favorite (or maybe second favorite) part about this build. One of the reasons I took so long waiting to build this damn thing was I couldn't find a case I liked in the ITX/MATX market. I had wanted to go to ITX ideally however my criteria basically wiped out every possible option there (must have a window, must fit a 309mm GPU, must have support for at least a 120mm CLC, must not look like ***). I had all but given up when I found this little Raidmax Hyperion. At first I was super skeptical because...well...dude it's a Raidmax let's not kid ourselves. They don't exactly have a stellar reputation. So you can imagine how surprised I was to find this little guy online. Build quality is perfectly good, not amazing, but no glaring issues whatsoever. Plus with support for up to a ludicrous 9 fans I knew airflow wouldn't be an issue.
Motherboard: I have 0 interest in Skylake. I wanted an MATX board of the Z97/Z87 flavor that wasn't red basically. I was thinking about getting the G1 Sniper M5 but decided I've already done enough green builds for a while (the cables will hopefully be changing soon if a certain Asian Canadian gets back into the business).
Cooler: So I had an H105 from my prior build that I had planned to use, unfortunately fitting it in was a problem. The top mount wasn't wide enough to fit the radiator and fans, and the same with the opposite side panel with the cables set in place. It basically came down to either this, an H75, or an X31. IDEALLY I really really really wanted to get my hands on an original Silverstone TD02, as it would have fit the color scheme of this build like a freaking glove, however they're nowhere to be found. If any of you can find me one by all means PM me (or if you've got one for sale) and I will GLADLY snatch it up. To be honest I'm not a fan of the i series of CLCs from Corsair. I had 3 RMA's for the H100i (2 had dead leds and one smoke came out of the pump and it fizzled), and this one is also having issues with the USB detection for god knows what reason.
RAM, PSU, SSD, CPU and Fans: Swapped over from Project Taco, no need to switch out any of em. That being said I did have a small issue with the powersupply being too long to fit in the back with the 3.5 cage as well, so I ended up taking the cage out and right now the SSD is basically floating on top of a rat's nest on the other side that you will never see.
GPU: Do not be confused, for some reason PCPP doesn't have the 980 TI HOF (Looking at you manirelli), which is what's in this system. Absolutely GORGEOUS card. Since I saw the first HOF back with the 680 I told myself that I would get a white pcb card. When they showed off the 780 with a white shroud as well I was itching but decided to wait. It is pretty hefty at a triple slot 309mm GPU but it is an absolute beast and clocks very nicely too (I've had it go up to 1520 on air, but haven't played with voltage yet).
From here there's still a few things left to be done though. First and foremost I need to get some new sleeved cables (I'm thinking Silver White and a touch of Black maybe). I also need to sit down and properly cable manage the back end (the rat's nest must die), and resurface the acrylic window as it got scratched (you can see in the photo with the cathodes installed). Other than that it's basically up and running as I want it to be. Hope you guys enjoy the few so so photos, maybe check back in a month and I'll have some newer photos with new cables to show off.