Originally Posted by SMRadda
I'm really interested to see how installing your motherboard goes for you. I ran into major problems with mine. The audio card had cross threaded screws and the card itself seemed to extend too far back. The only way I going to be able to fit the board was to either not install the i/o shield or hack it up with some tin snips. I chose the latter and cut a slit to let the audio card fit.
Well it was a challenge indeed .. not to mention the VRM module screws were in the way and there was nothing in the manual saying they had to be removed before mounting into the case. My I/O shield was almost always somehow bent, wavy .. in the end I just pressed hard and now there's just a slight problem around the central part .. the sound card screws holders were bent too, had to make them level with the board. Not nice to see that kind of things with the most expensive m-itx motherboard out there.
Originally Posted by TonyL @squallSK
I personally use Noctua. The have a good balance between performance and acoustics. I am not sure about Be Quiet! fans, but I heard that they work well.
Your PSU will limit your future GPU choice, but your are in luck because the Maxwell series GPUs are more efficient and use less power now.
I think black is to go-to color for being slick and making a statement. It is easier to hide cables because the colors blend.
White is bold in its own way, but you have to take care to the details otherwise it will look messy. Cables stand out and finding a color scheme that works is slightly more tricky.
I might try the be quiet! ones .. will let you know what I think then
I second that the cables stand out, I just have white furniture around my TV, so it looks like it belongs
Anyway, some pictures of my build ..
The messy side
Overall the temperatures are great. Not having a GPU helped a lot.
Now just need to replace the case fans .. not that they are loud, but I can feel them Edited by squallSK - 1/15/15 at 1:13am