This was a computer refresh for my wife from her old amd build back in 2009 (7750 Kuma/9800GT). She was in need of an upgrade. I recently won a giveaway for the Fractal Design Node 304 White from TekSyndicate. I waited as long as I could before needing to put something in it. This limited the parts i could get to mini-itx (which is fine because I've been wanting to do a small form factor build)
There was a lot of debate going into this computer in my mind. I wasn't sure if i should do an AMD APU build or a 750ti/i3 route. In the end i decided to go with the APU in favor of the added "features" that it was released with. I was originally going to wait before adding a discrete graphics card, but while the parts were shipping the MSI R7 250 went on sale and i figured I would pick it up since it was cheap and would actually work with the AMD Dual Graphics.
I've been watching a bunch of case mod videos and decided to give it a shot with adding a window to the case and sleeving the wires. I sleeved the cables with paracord and bought connectors and pins and everything from FrozenCPU. It went easier than i expected but took quite a long time. I ran into a few issues along the way. The Enermax cooler i got would only fit on in one direction, and would actually hit the rear fan. I had to remove the rear fan and add in a custom fan and hole to the right side.
Finally i decided to scrap her hold mouse/keyboard and upgrade her to some decent gaming peripherals. I think i got a deal with how much i paid for everything. I used the windows 7 from her old custom build and will end up putting Ubuntu or steam OS on her old pc till i can sell it.
How do you like it? Any constructive criticism is appreciated.