Ok now i see when you start building computers all you want to do is spend your money on that...its addictive. So this build is in its final laps...not much else I can add. I went ahead and added a i7 4790k. Def wanted a 8 thread so i can do my editting...the ram is amazing. I have it overclocked to 3000...Also made an astonishing buy. My first idea was to buy a second samsung evo ssd and raid them to get close as I could to 10gbs...but then I watched a random youtube video about a m.2 drive that had speed above sata3 speeds...the xp941 120gb runs at the 10gbs speed of the m.2 that is on the underside of the asus z97...I reinstalled my windows and it is blazing fast. Now I have three sata ports open if i ever add anymore storage. Plus buying one m.2 samsung is about the same price of two samsung ssd in raid and there is less failure possible with no raid 1. At this point the only point of dissapointment is the gtx 960 ftw...its perfect for my current set up and does everything I want at 1080p but the 970 would last me two to three years. I might be upgrading the 960 in a year if not two. But it is silent as hell. Hole system is quiet.
Very happy, only last thoughts is I wish I had gone with the Corsair Carbide 240. The 240 can take Matx or mitx...and with a Matx I would have had a system that was just as small but i would have better cable management and an extra Pci slot for a sound card or some other future ugrade...like usb 3.1
Perhaps one day i will make that move and build out a super cheap build with my G3258 chip and a anniversary board. But for now i'm super pleased. Please comment I love nerd convo.
I tried out three boards from Microcenter...I tried the gigabyte + Asrock mini itx z97s...both were okay but this Asus is polished. From the Bios to the support and the placement of ports on the motherboard it is perfect. Mini itx because of its size has to give up some things that larger boards have...But with a cpu and two case fan headers this thing is well done. I would have appreciated six sata ports instead of 4, but I plan to add a M.2 at some point which further gives this board exceptional customization.
Best for the price
Found this open box at microcenter for $160...I grabbed it like it was a crime. I cant imagine another card being better for $160. I will not be buying a monitor and I use this PC on my 1080p TV so 4k gaming is not a dream of mine. And in the future If i have $1000 for a 4k tv im sure I could afford another $300 for a GPU...but I have played Battlefield and Call of Duty on this card so far at mostly utlra settings and have not had a hiccup or any issues. Usally hovering around 50-70 fps. Nice.
Small size but all the space you need to do pretty much anything but SLI...I would love one day to have a system with a 240mm radiator for my i7 and a 120mm radiator for my GPU...this case is pretty and even with my air build it keeps everything neat and clean.
Wish it was fully modular. I got at Microcenter for $60 on sale and its nicely done for the price...the sleeving it better than the pricepoint and comes with more than enough additional periperhals and what not...Quiet too