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This is my first self-built box. The purpose of this machine is photo editing and storage, lots of web browsing, occasional coding, and typical office work. I chose the components to allow for gaming in the future, but currently only console game. They were also chosen to give the build a little flare -- if I am going to build a box from scratch, I want it to look good.

I went with the U2 for its extremely small footprint, metal construction, and sleek appearance. I am happy with that case now that the build is complete, but there are no cable management provisions and space is tight, so assembly and cabling was tricky.

I chose the 4690K and Z97 combo not because I plan on overclocking, but so I can in the future if I need more performance from this box.

My budget was technically $1,200, but I did exceed that in order to get something I am proud of, and to be confident it isn't obsolete in a year.

EDIT 03/10/2015: I added a EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked GPU because I was able to sell my retired 10 year old PC for almost the cost of that card. However, the heat sink on the 750 Ti was too tall and interfered with the HD. Instead, I mounted the HD in place of the front fan. This can be seen in the last picture. It's not as pretty or illuminated this way, but everything is staying cool. Plus, the GPU really rounds out the build and adds much more capability. Now I need to buy some games...

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  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

750 ti is one of the most price-competitive cards on the market, if you aren't doing any gaming/ anything that requires a strong-ish GPU, then you can consider saving a few buck and getting the 750 instead.

Great build, I love that case. +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the compliment and card recommendation.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe is a 960 a option that card is cheap and furture proof and got all you need for light gaming a bit more costly than the 750 (ti) but it has a lot of good things on it like 4 screens and 4 k

p.s. sorry for bad english hope you can read it

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

That did make sense. Thanks for the suggestion. I don't plan on going 4k in the near future though, so I might save my pennies and stick with the 750 Ti.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

What a beautiful build and setup. +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. It came out looking just as I had hoped; attractive, but understated.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I was able to grasp how small the case was by comparing it next to the hyper 212 box. Impressive!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

This is perfect man. +1 looks so crisp.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

nice case, if they put like 2x 140mm filtered intake in the front i would totally pick one up for a new build, i would suggest getting the mitx 970 or mitx 285 over the 750ti though but if ur just streaming video a 750ti is more than enough

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

With a little creativity and bracket DIY, I'm pretty confident you could get a pair of 120s and filters in the front, maybe even 140s. The vertical real estate is there. Out of curiosity, what setup would warrant the extra fans? I have a lot of air movement with this setup and can't really envision wanting more.

I would like to get a more powerful card like the two you recommended, but both are a good chunk of change more expensive. I'm not sure I can justify that difference not being a PC gamer. I will ponder this recommendation though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

dual 140 so you could run them at lower rpm for less noise, but ya if your not gaming 750ti is more than enough horsepower for streaming video, if you do decide to start gaming with it though even the 960 is a fantastic card.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Can that case fit a GPU? I'm looking at it and struggling to figure out where it would go

Awesome build, though. Great looking inside and out, and just the kind of build you can show off on your desk.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, it can as long as the GPU is not longer than 220mm.

http://www.rosewill.com/products/2534/ProductDetail_Overview.htm

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your rig. Planning to build similar. Will go with gtx 960 probably

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know about the U2, but yesterday I assembled a EVGA GTX 960 in a U3 case and it was tricky. The card fits but I had to disassemble the fan in the case, and the front plate on the video card. If you use a big CPU cooler/fan (I'm using Noctua DH-14) make sure to mount it after you are done with the GPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

lovely setup u gat.. +1 nice build too

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a great build for the price. It's targeted for a different use than mine, but it's worth watching for anyone looking to build up a $1k box.