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After numerous issues, my very first pc was complete.
I'm not much of gamer, but I do enjoy gaming casually and needed a capable gpu to drive my new ultrawide monitor 3440x1440 from crossover. So I've chosen the gtx 1070 and i5-7500 combo.
After countless days of research, I've grown interest for small foot print cases, hence my choice to go for a mini ITX build. I reckon there's just too much space wasted in normal atx cases unless you are building a custom water loop system.
I've also wondered why NO ONE had attempted flipping the gpu bracket, when this particular case advertises that it is able to do so. Its a shame that the majority aren't even able to see the beauty of our gpu shrouds when they're mounted on our pcs. So I wanted to be the first (or at least I think I am) to mount my gpu facing outwards by using a pcie riser, and showing off its incredible design and rgb lights.
When all my parts arrived and began building my pc, thats when I ran into my first problem. Unfortunately, after being enchanted by the rgb features with the nzxt kraken, I haven't looked into any potential clearance issues. As a result my nzxt kraken radiator was longer than the width of the case, disabling me from mounting my tempered glass on both sides.
My next issue was a faulty water pump inside the nzxt kraken. This problem was easily solved by a replacement, but the clearance issue needed more attention.
In order to keep the nzxt kraken and the tempered glass, I cut out 4 wooden stand offs, and covered the wooden stand offs with black tape to hide any inconsistencies. I then drilled 2 holes in each block and screwed all the original screws on one side and custom ones on the other side. As a result the glass panels are slightly lifted off from the case, which I personally think looks pretty cool. I'm aware this might lead to more dust build up inside the case, but i reckon it's a fair trade for better airflow and keeping the nzxt kraken.
Due to the 3.5 hard drive mounted at the back, cable management was tough, but being a perfectionist, it wasn't much of a problem hiding most of the cables and getting things organised.
For those who've been interested in the nzxt kraken and this case,... don't worry, it is possible to have both without sacrifices.
I've adjusted quite a few things with my build. -improved cable management -added 2 noctua a12x15 PWM fans -2 phanteks rgb strip connected to asus aura rgb header