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I wanted something dedicated to finally enjoying gaming on non-OEM and build my first rig as well. I didn't want anything outlandish and the focus was having a solid base while keeping overall costs to minimum. I'll never SLI anything so mobo and gpu selected having non dual gpu option. I went with latest i5 K series resting on Z270 board holding some overclocked G.Skill DDR4 8GB 3200 double sticks. For all intent and purposes the GTX 1060 SSC card keeps costs down while allowing endless 1080 resolution on majority of games available (not doing any 4K in foreseeable future either). As I see it 1070/1080 variants and additions will soon become cheaper once next higher (1090?) generation of gpu's hit the streets later this year. By that time or next year I can sell off the GTX 1060 SSC and upgrade on sales or discounts. The prices shown here are what was paid using online coupons, daily deals, and 2 manufacture rebates.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 6 points

Wouldn't change a thing

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment Techmaster123xd.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

How good was the case for cable management, and how many fans did it come with? I'm trying to decide between the NZXT S340 or this one, since I see this can handle two up top and two in front, in addition to the rear exhaust

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey chrisb960 - Excellent cable management on the Fractal Mini G. The back side panel has 1" spacing so multiple overlapping cables and 24 pin are easy to tuck and maintain. The only thing to note there's no psu cover but anyone could make one for exposed cabling. Recommend full modular for keeping it simple.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with 2 120mm Fractal white led fans on the front... I moved mine to the top and then placed 2 120mm Phanteks PWM's in the front instead.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe try a ryzen 5 chip

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Youtube: I really wanted to go Ryzen 5 since it's new for this year. But decided to wait until manufacture mobo's memory support and other BIOS extensions are fully matured.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Lookin good! I enjoy the all black and white fan accent look. Nice and clean.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey ConfusedSkunk - Yep the latest thing is black and white... it's so timeless and clean. I purposely avoided rainbow stuff mostly due to cost upticks for zero improvements over regular hardware without flash. Thks for the comment!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build. I noticed you have the M12II and not the S12II. Went to look for it here, then I noticed it's not even in the database on Pcpartpicker. I'll have to just request for it to be added. ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Pawacorn - I faintly remember looking for SeaSonic M12II PSU by model number as well and just picked something close instead. At the time of creating part list that Fractal Design Focus G Mini Black MicroATX wasn't even listed...lol Thanks if you can add M PSU to available parts since newegg has it on sale all the time and works like a dream and super quiet. Thanks for the comment!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! I also like how you have those fans setup with the positive pressure.

Today the M12II is $59.99 at Newegg which isn't bad at all. Hope they add it soon, because who knows how many people have missed those good deals on it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool. Oh newegg sells this PSU with $20 rebate near end of month (last couple of months at least) which makes it $39.99 out the door... took 2 months to get rebate check from SeaSonic.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity : Why is the PSU Fan facing up . I thought that the case had a dustfilter on the bottom.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Felix112405 - Good question! This case does have a screen on the bottom (it's just not mesh type to catch small particles). I went with psu facing up due to case interior being positive air flow. Both front and top fans are pushing air inwards. Lots of air is coming out the case bottom and back hard enough to feel with hands. Since the interior has very clean and room temperature air it makes more sense to grab that which would be cleaner instead of stuff blowing around on the case bottom - that and pressurized air is already flowing though the psu automatically so the psu fan doesn't have to work hard. So far playing Witcher III and Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary my cpu and motherboard stay at or below 32C for hours at a time. Even after playing for 2-4 hours can look under the gpu and both fans on the 1060SSC aren't running (they only come on if the card reaches 60C).

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the blue light?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it has white leds but my Sony camera (without flash) shifted the light over to blue spectrum... my bad. I purchased white leds that come on 2 black strips over in WalMart's auto section. The smaller led size doesn't produce any heat so that's a plus. The larger 5050 leds tend to get hot to the touch.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I was wondering if a mini itx mobo would look ok in this case? Because in the pictures I can't tell how big it is. I've seen some people say it's compact and others say it's to big. I'd like to here your opinion. Thx :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ethancp123 -

It should be fine. The mobo in there now is ATX-M at around 9.6"x9.6" compared to ITX 6.7"x6.7". This new Fractal Mini G case (mid size) 15.07" x 8.07" x 18.27" is very similar in height and width to our Dell I3847 Inspirons in the house.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

1 star. It doesn't levitate.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. But mine will spin at 4.9Ghz all day long without breaking the bank or any heat barrier tho.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious as to why there's no fan blowing out in the back; does the cpu cooler blow enough to escape the hot air through the back? Also which way are the top fans blowing? I have the same case & was thinking about getting the H7 cooler but now not sure if I should keep the exhaust fan there after looking at yours.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey TheRealJerimiahJohnson - Thanks for the comment on the new Fractal case. For the PSU being mounted up/intake inside was a choice made since this pc case has positive pressure. Front and top fans are pushing inwards. There's a nice current of air coming out the rear and bottom of the case so both GPU and PSU have filtered air flowing already through them automatically. That and I didn't want to look at the PSU yellow power rating chart on the other side. I installed a new Pioneer BlueRay Drive tonight and discovered the top 5.25" bay sits at the top of the case and would hit any fan case or radiator when trying to occupy that top slot. I ended up using the second front slot and was able to make the drive fit... real close to the 24 pin tho but manageable.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

True on point but wouldn't that actually be air IN and Out set up? My case will be sitting under bedroom flat screen tv in a long open credenza near the carpet... so dust bunnies and loose fibers are a concern. Hence having the PSU taking in filtered air (actually it's room temp) from within the case. The case underside has a screen only but not an actual mesh filter. Yes the top 2 fan mounts have removable individual mesh filters mounted inside the case and the fan(s) use 1 screw from the filter(s) and 3 screws going through the mesh filter(s) (if that makes sense). Oh the 2 front fans are PWM controlled 1800 rpm and connected to the CPU fan by Silverstone fan block (been buying more stuff). The 2 fans on top are 3-wire 900 rpm Fractals that came with the case and only buffer the pressure coming in from the front.