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I built this computer for my wife who wanted a small case computer for her office but wanted all the amenities of a full size computer. the 250D case fit the bill and is quite well built. the processor and graphics card with the RAM (16Gb) should be beefy enough for her photo editing, gaming, music needs. it has a Blu ray reader /writer full size. it's wireless as her office is not wired for internet. Did I need the 240mm radiator for water cooling, probably not but I did it just because I could. did I need that mobo, probably not but it had the wireless built in, a good sound card, though I seriously considered the Asus Pro which has a wireless card I believe. I replaced all the stock fans because i think the noctuas are just better and dead quiet over the stock corsair fans. the 760 watt PSU is overkill but I got it for the same price as a 600 watt power supply on sale with a rebate. I considered a 6 core CPU but she only does pictures and not video editing so I think the i5 will do well. I think an argument could be made that it only needed 8 GB ram. she ended up choosing the Dell monitor because it pivots to portrait view. the mouse and keyboard are not what I would choose but they are what she wanted. I really did not encounter any build obstacles. the water cooler went in without too much difficulty though one of the tubes was right up against the mobo. I could have flipped the tubing to the other side of the case but I was concerned the tubes would not allow me enough room to put in the cage for the Blu ray drive. the graphics card was actually more challenging as the end with the outputs was difficult to place between the edge of the motherboard, the case and the sliding bracket at the top of the slot opening. it just took a little finagling to get it to drop into its slot on the mobo. cable management was crucial on the side of the mobo that had the 24pin PSU cord next to the 8 pin ATX cord along with the Sata connectors, the front panel connectors, the usb 3.o connector all going into the same side of the mobo. the modular power supply really helped eliminate any excess cabling and the last pictures shows the left over room at the bottom of the case creating a good size pocket for the 140mm intake fan to blow air over the motherboard. I only put one 80mm exhaust fan on the rear of the case since there was not room for another due to the path of the water cooling tubes.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

I like this build. Probably because I just did one very similar to this, and because its awesome to pack all that power in a little box.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these kinda a builds where is doesnt require as much space as a mid tower and is usually cheaper to build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Lewl...your wife likes small cases...Oh dont mind me...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

this is making me want to build another mini itx... damn you

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, the 250d.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very similar to my build, good job!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Eww, Beast name. Other than that, nice high end mini build and nice pictures.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure what you mean by the CPU power daughter card heat sinks. I just used the stock screws to mount everything. did not need any longer screws. hope that helps

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, I could have gone with the i7 and perhaps the new GTX 780 card. The Blu Ray was really for my wife to be able to archive her photo work, and also burn dvds and bluray to send out to friends and relatives. The 5.25 drive bay was one reason I chose the 250D otherwise she would have had to use an external drive and she did not want the clutter on her desk.