So i built my first build back last August (this can be seen here https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/Mh4CmG). After a while it became apparent that there were two main things i wish i had done, i absolutely hated how big the fractal design define r5 was and i wanted a case with a nice large window to show off the goodies.
I considered the possibility of downgrading to mini itx, but most of these cases would require me to replace much more than just the motherboard to downscale and many micro atx cases weren't small enough for what i wanted to do.
Around November my old motherboard failed, (the DMA controller went) and fractal design launched the define C. This was everything i wanted in a case, was small, in fact it's smaller than many micro atx cases, but still fitted all my current components, a simplistic design and a nice window with a PSU shroud.
I finally got my motherboard refunded through an RMA and decided to get a more exotic one, a minor concern i had was the original motherboard wasnt a z chipset nor sli capable. in order to future proof the build a bit more ive got one which does those, and since kaby lake has just released i made sure to get a z270. The new asus strix motherboards are absolutely gorgeous so i got one of them. And of course i had to get some LED strips to light it up nice :). Ive also slowly acquired my peripherals, slightly annoyed that gaming mice are hard to find without looking obscene however im happy with how low key everything else looks since i heavily dislike the 'HEY IM A PC GAMER LOOK AT ME' look.
Im currently planning on upgrading to 4k in a few months. Im waiting for amd vega to see how that shuffles up the top tier graphics card scene (and ill get a nice full size card this time so i dont have a cable dangling half way through my pc ;) ), im also hoping that some new 4k HDR displays come out to replace my current 1440p.
Since ive already done reviews for the other parts, ill talk about the case and the motherboard. Thanks for having a look at my build! :)
Would love to give 5 starts but that isnt possible, the IO shield is absolutely dreadful. There are little sticky out bits that make it impossible to put the motherboard in place and aligned, i tried for about 20 minutes before having to bend them so that i could actually get the motherboard in the case. It is an absolutley gorgeus motherboard though. the USB 3.0 front panel header is awkwardly placed, so i have a thick wire running on top of the psu shroud. Last point is that the onboard lighting doesnt turn off when the computer is shut down, and i cant seem to get it to synchronise with my LED strips with asus aura
Again, would love to give this 5 stars but i cant. There are a few minor details. the power button isnt exactly central, the power supply bracket screws dont perfectly match up with the screw holes so you have to angle the screws slightly and the magnetic strips on the dust filter for the top are incredibly offset. apart from them its brilliant, small and compact keeps it quiet and gives a nice view, easy to make a very tidy looking build