My son came up with the name. See my full sized rig here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LHsJ7P
Before building this baby I was trying to come up with a solution to play videos and some basic games in the bedroom with my projection setup. I tried Apple TV (previous model) and Chromecast but was not happy with either. Chromecast was slow and apple tv felt limited. I then tried building a Raspberry Pi Version 2, but it could not even handle some of my favorite SNES games without lagging. I the bought an Asus Vivo Mini UN42-M023M and I was actually pretty happy. I spent hours getting it setup and was rocking all my favorite MAME and snes games with no problem. Then next day I came home to use it unfortunately the tiny msata drive had actuall completely failed to the point where it was not even visible in the bios on the mini pc or on any other computer using a usb adaptor.
At this point it was decided that if it was going to be done right I had to do it myself. I initially put this together in a different configuration using the trays that drop into the top, but when I decided I wanted to put in a bigger cooler the game plan changed. I mounted both the SSD and HDD to the side of the case, upgraded the power supply and got myself a nice heatsink combo.
Price to performance ratio is all there. I picked this because I wanted something with very solid on board graphics. CPU OC'd to 3.6 and GPU is OC'd at 940mhz. I haven't actually tried to push it more than that. I am overall pleased with the performance and I can even run modern games like Project Cars and MGSV at lower setting getting good framerates.
Fantastic cooler! My cpu does not go over 46C at full load. 4 heat pipes, big enough heatsink and pwm control. It comes with clips to add a second fan for push/pull configuration. Some people say they had issues installing this, but mine went on easy as pie.
For the price you get quite a bit. I am a big fan of MSI boards because they really give you a lot for your money. 4k support, plenty of usb ports, dvi, hdmi, displayport, bluetooth, wireless ac, m.2. If I would have been more patient, I probably would have spent the extra money for the A88XI Version of this, but I wanted to buy all the parts and build in the same day. I Only wish the M.2 port was not in use so that I may put a nice PCIE drive in eventually.
This is my third set of this ram. Load up the XMP profile in the BIOS and it'll immediately clock itself to 2400. Great ram and it always works.
Nothing too special about this drive. It is not the fastest, but the price was right. 526.1 read 376.5 write.
What a good budget storage drive should be. I was initially thrown off by the low profile. 206.0 read 196.4 write
I love the layout of this case and the fact that I will be able to upgrade to a full sized graphic card sooner. Point is taken off for fit and finish. Sometimes putting the lid on this correctly can be a pain. No filters anywhere.
It's an Antec. It works beautifully like it should and I have more than enough power for anything I could ever fit in this case.