I wanted to build a machine to take to the office or to a lan party when needed so the Corsair 380T provided the ideal platform and i built a choice of components around it. Starting with a modular power supply, a motherboard with the best connector positions for the case, a smaller but capable AIO cooler, and custom sleeved custom lenght power cables.
My aim was also to make the build as clean as possible. I managed to sneak a lot of cables in the top of the case under the handle, i routed several of them through some added cable holders and under the drive cage. The lighting of the case was ok to start with, but wanting more i also added a 30 cm red Phobya Flexlight powered by the integrated fan controller so it also changes intensity along with the fans.
Using a push-pull config on the cooler, it was impossible to mount in the intended side spots because of the RAM (even this lower profile type) so using a few longer screws i managed to mount it up front where it gets fresh air all the time. It exhausts most of its air out the back with the help of the back fan and keeps the rest of the interior well ventilated. The two SSDs are used - 1 for the OS and CAD programs (AutoCAD, ArchiCAD etc.) and the 2nd for storing the few games me and my friend often play.
The Thermaltake Riing fans were added some time after i first started and so far they have performed excelent. The CAD apps are CPU intensive and use the GPU very little when turning objects so my choice of GPU was aimed at powering games at 1080p.
Overall i am pleased with the performance of the machine both at work and for fun and i have not had any problems with it. Building this was not as easy as expected (in particular when i hit the cooler snag) but it was fun and the result is rewarding as far as i am concerned.