Was going to update my old system but decided to build a complete new system for gaming. I spent months doing a lot of research (videos/forums) and narrowed it down to this.
I have built Atx and mAtx but never a itx so that is what I decided to go with and really building this was the most fun of all my builds. I know many people like to go with flashy RGB stuff but for me there is no reason (been there, done that with the old days of LAN parties before the internet was even the internet lol) since it is just going to be sitting in my room.
It is a system that is almost complete (just missing a couple $$$$$ parts) but once I have the GPU (either MSI Ventus or EVGA Black) I will be using my old monitor till I get the $$ for the new. Will tidy up cables when I get the GPU.
Update mid March 2019: Decided to get a MSI Radeon VII GPU and it is a beast of a card. Such a great gaming card.
I admit I am a life long Intel guy BUT their CPU's cost way to much $$$$ SO..
I decided to go with AMD and it was either the R5 2600 or R7 2700 and I do like to OC so the 2600 won my pocket book (got a good deal Best buy price matched).
Knowing I was going to OC my CPU I had to get a 3rd party cooler and this is what I narrowed it down to.
It is so small this can fit in 99.99% cases and I needed small and this really fits the bill plus it clears the ram area so one can put whatever height of ram with no worries of the cooler getting in the way.
Now putting this together took me for a loop since I am use to just putting the bracket on the motherboard and having it snug/tight when I put the screws on but NOOO this was just slightly (and I mean slightly) loose. I spent an hour online looking at videos/forums etc and still it just would not firm up UNTIL I posted on the forums here and had some super help from mark5916 . It will tighten/firm up when you actually put the cooler on the CPU and then tighten the cooler onto the bracket (it is suppose to even out the tension across the CPU area).
Update 3-18-19: Had a slight issue with applying the warranty online and Cryorig got back to me very fast so super plus on the company. Also this really REALLY keeps my CPU nice. and comfy.
This is so small but can hold so much. Make sure if you use the m.2 (on back of the board) that you add that before you put the motherboard on the case.
Putting this in the case was a little tedious for I had to put some slight pressure to get the 4 holes to line up on the case/motherboard. Also would be nice to have 1 or 2 more fan connects on the motherboard so that is a star off but other than that a stellar MB to use.
Ram is Ram (this is RGB free) and I was thinking of 32gb (slightly slower) but decided to save $$ and go 16gb (faster) and transfer that $$ to my GPU.
Using this for boot OS, possibly a game but most of my games will go onto another SSD (will add in the near future). If your motherboard has m.2 slots use em (saves cable space).
Update 3-18-19: System installed Win10 from USB on m.2 with no problem.
This is a such a wonderful card. Will be a while to really test it BUT it does fit in the Thermaltake V1 case, even though you will have to use a dremel and shave a little off the V1 case for the card to fit down like it should.
Got this at local Fry's and I adore this case (was thinking of getting a V21 case). It is actually big for a itx case BUT my big hands fit in it with no problems (long fingers do help).
Also for the Radeon VII to fit like it should I had to use a dremel to the corner of the control board that has the power/reset etc buttons (no biggie since there is nothing electronic on that part of the board anyway).
My roommate and her son was amazed that all the parts fit in this tiny case and told them there is room to put more in.
This PSU left so much space so that I had more than enough for cable management.
OS is OS.
Decided to add a few extra fans and since the motherboard only has 2 fan connectors these can daisy chain so that the CPU cooler and the 2 fans all connect to 1.
I was very lucky and was able to snag a AOC CU34G2X for $450.00 on Amazon brand new (using a Radeon VII). I mostly play MMO's now so I am not a FPS/Shooter type player (been there, done that back in the 90's for FPS/Shooters) .
I am not using the stand it came with since I already have a VESA triple mount stand. The VESA mounts I have that came with the triple stand (Ergotech) fit in perfectly on the back of the Ultrawide monitor for I just had to undo the 4 screws, put the VESA plate on and put the screws back in then just hang the monitor on my stand.
I really did not have to fiddle with the colors/contrast for it is really great as is when you turn the power on and boot up the system but I will say the controls for the monitor are a little clunky yet the odds are one will not be fiddling with them for long so once you have your settings you will not be using the controls for quite a while.
As for light bleed I might have been lucky since it is very very nil and for the flickering I have read it was doing that slightly the first day but I have done a few things and updated the Radeon software to 20.4.2 and no flickering at all. I must say it is a little bright so if one wants too you can turn the brightness down but for me I have adjusted quickly to it as is.
I have read some people harp on the bezel but for me I really do not mind the bezel around this monitor. It is not thick in my book (I mean it is not even a $500.00) so I really have nothing bad to say about the bezel.
It does not have any built in speakers which I can go either way for I usually use my headphones BUT I do plan on buying some external speakers in the near future anyway.
All in all I really got my bang for the buck with this monitor and I think if you are just venturing into the ultrawide world then this is a great monitor to start with.
Nice simple keyboard from my Mini Me 2011 build (I like the blue background color).
This mouse I have had since my original Mini Me 2011 build and it is still going strong to this day so decided to use it with this build.