This is primarily a gaming machine, also used for Photoshop and general work purposes. It was my first Small Form Factor build in a long time. Years ago I had build a number of Shuttle XPCs, but my last 2 PCs were normal mid-towers since I felt I was sacrificing performance. This build, however, feels like I've sacrificed very little. I love the Silverstone case. It is very minimal looking, fits on my desk very easily and looks good. It travels very easily for LAN parties. My only gripe is I don't like the mounting system for the 2.5" HDDs.
While building, I had issues with motherboard and power supply. My first MSI motherboard was defective; it would not recognize the video card. I'm fairly certain it wasn't from anything I did during installation. The good part of this was that when I returned it I switched from the H110I Pro to the H170I Pro AC motherboard, which was a better choice in retrospect since it included RAID and WiFi. So not a big deal in the end.
The other main issue I had was with power supplies. Originally I chose the 500W Silverstone SFX-L power supply, which on paper seems like the ideal choice for the Silverstone case. But, it fits awkwardly in this case (strange since both are Silverstone) because of the orientation of the power socket and integrated case power cable. It also ended up being a bit too large to comfortably route cables. But worst of all, the supposedly quiet PSU had very bad fan rattle when the fan kicked in at low speed. It was shockingly loud. I returned it for another identical PSU, and the new one had the same issue. It was even from a different retailer. I ended up switching to the Corsair despite being rated for 50W less. The Corsair is vastly superior in every way, including smaller size, case fit, cable routing, build quality, and packaging quality. I would speculate that the packaging on the Silverstone contributed to the faulty fans; there was very little padding (just some popped bubble wrap) and it seems maybe they were getting knocked around in shipping. So my main takeaway from building this PC is I love Corsair PSUs. Performance is amazing with the M.2 SSD and full size 970 video card. At this point, if you don't need lots of drive bays, multiple video cards, or massive overclocks, there's very little downside to going with SFF/mATX form factor.
Great with caveats.
Pros: - Overall look and interior design. - Easy to carry with handle. - Good cooling for SFF. - PCI-E riser design for video card is brilliant. - Can fit very long video cards, and if you use a shorter card it leaves space for an extra 3.5" drive
Cons: - Silverstone SX500-LG 500W SFX-L PSU has issues fitting with the internal power cord. See photos of my build. I feel this is fair to mention since it is from the same company and you'd think it would be designed to fit this case or vice versa. I ended up switching to the Corsair 450W which I much prefer now. - Included feet are terrible, as they don't physically attach and fall off easily. I ended up just not using them. It's stable without them unless something really knocks into it hard. - Video card case side cannot be removed without removing the handle which is 4 additional screws. Minor quibble. - 2.5" screwless HDD trays are badly designed and seem cheap. They are an awkward distance apart for using 1 power cable. The HDDs only fit one way (seemingly backwards) and it isn't obvious unless you look really closely. RTFM I guess. Honestly, some normal carriages with screws would have been totally fine. It's not like you're in there changing them a lot.
Summary - I listed a lot of cons just because I feel they are useful comments for anyone building with this case. But, overall, I am extremely happy with it.
Amazing power supply. Great build quality, near silent, plenty of power. Perfect for any SFF build.