First, to address the lion in the room, the build name is an awesome anagram. Of what, will remain with the owner.
Now, this was actually my second official build and as such, I took no pics during the build because it was also my first MITX build and the first I built for someone else other than myself (from the ground up, anyway). So I really wasn't thinking of taking pics but I did at the end and wanted to document this, thus here we are.
Now, said person is my good ladyfriend and I'm over there a lot so there was a good amount of selfish choices in this build. Mainly in the decision to use my own GPU that was originally in my very first custom PC (not built by me, so it won't be posted, also for lack of pics) and was in my own first build before I upgraded. The other big choice is on the CPU. I would have almost certainly gone with a G4400 because she is a very, very light gamer (old school console games/emulation and puzzle games now and again) and basically only needs this PC for MS Office, file storage, and the usual internet shenanigans. Though she does do some writing on Word and does a whole bunch of number headache inducing things in Excel of which I dare not speak of for I like my head not aching and numbers are the devil.
That's about all, it was a very simple build in conception and fairly simple for being my first MITX build. I really loved working in the Cooler Master Elite 130 and there is a whole lot of interesting and intriguing ways the case is used to manage cables and work around the lack of hardly any space. Of which there was still more than I thought there would be, but that isn't saying much; it is still very congested and tight fitting with a GPU. A fully modular PSU is a must unless you're some kind of wizard at cable management.
It's great knowing that she gets what she needs out of it and when she is being a grandma and sleeps at 11 PM, I can game until 3 AM on GTA V with moderate settings, emulate, and do my geeky gaming happenings with ease. I am still to this day blown away by how fantastic the GTX 770 SC is. Apologies for the lack of pics and the quality. Now that I'm fully immersed in PC building for myself and others, I definitely am of the mind to take pics during the build and to try and get better quality overall.
Great CPU for intro to gaming as well as various personal computing of information.
This little hobbit of a cooler is seriously on a Bilbo level.
Awesome mother of the MITX boards. Nice to have built in WiFi and while it could use another fan header or two, it's got most of what you need for an intro MITX build.
This ballistic sport right here? It's crucial.
The go-to state of solidity.
Heart's best song, Seagate's best hard drive.
This little mofo is going fairly strong in 2017. That is just ridiculous. GTA V on the lower spectrum of high settings with 50-ish FPS, or full on 60+ FPS on the medium-to-high spectrum medium settings (could that statement get more convoluted?). Absolutely awesome GPU that I will hold onto until the fans slowly come to a halt and the screen tears and... I... I'm tearing up. I'm going to stop now.
This case is really amazing for an MITX build with some great innovation in cable management. So much that certain features I think should be a staple in most MITX cases (like the "bar" that if used is highly useful and if you don't want or need it, can be easily removed; simple but supremely effective). It has great airflow and is of a portable size without becoming too cramped or edging into HTPC territory.
The golden super nova does it again.
I dunno, man. I'm running out of wit. It's good, okay? Real good!
It's like... when someone brings you a steak and it's not quite your temperature but you don't feel like sending it back; and while you know you'll like the taste, you also know that it can be better and that you'll end up paying a little too much for what you got.
Yep, they cool. They real cool.