This is my first ever build and was completely assembled by myself. I got a lot of great feedback from friends and colleagues on the build. It certainly evolved over time. After a month of planning and a couple weeks waiting for parts, I was build complete over the weekend after approximately 7 hours of uninterrupted time.
Though the components were mostly a breeze to assemble. I think the most frustrating part was cable management. Luckily, I had the Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE ATX Mid Tower case to help me with all of that. The cable management of the case was superb and it looks beautiful!
One other great thing about the case is that it came with the Commander Pro and LED hub which manages and synchronizes all of my fans and their LEDs respectively. Ordering took me a minute as I also have it controlling the LEDs of my liquid cooler fans.
I ran into one minor issue. Which was a rookie mistake (or so I am told). Where after I thought I was build complete, upon boot, it wouldn't post. Turned out the 24-pin connector to the motherboard was slightly jostled after I moved some cables around to the PSU. Pushing it in tighter seemed to do the trick.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with the outcome and was able to get a game running last night with a friend. So far so good. Next step is to get an upgraded monitor (currently have a 2 year old Samsung 27" UHD). But, I think I need to save for a while...heh.
This motherboard is the most attractive and full-featured choice for Micro ATX that I could find. While the RGB is quite attractive in the case, it was not by any means its best feature. I appreciated the included wireless and Bluetooth functionality, USB Type-C support, and M.2 support. The BIOS was easy to work with as well.
This mid tower case is not only gorgeous but also incredibly practical in terms of cable management. It comes with the Commander Pro and LED / Fan Hub, making configuration of all the fan and LED inputs a breeze. It was incredibly easy to work in. The doors on the sides are easily removed by simply unscrewing the pins in the joins. I successfully mounted a Micro ATX motherboard. It required me to screw in some of the spare mounts supplied with the case. But it fit in perfectly without any additional force.
Because I went with a M.2 SSD, I didn't need all of the different chassis for the HDD and SSD. However, I did find it disappointing to find the HDD chassis were made of cheap plastic, while the SSD were made of the same steel as the rest of the case. Seemed odd.
As far as long-term maintenance. It comes with easy removable dust vents that magnetically attach to the case's frame. These have done well so far to keep dust out. It has been a few months at this point and I've found the insides of the case to be dust free. Which is a huge win.
This case is extremely heavy. Probably the only downside I could find with it.