So I have been watching friends build computers for my entire life and it took me 20 years to finally try it myself. Due to the massive amount of pc build videos I watched on Youtube, I had a black and white colour scheme subconsciously engraved into my brain.
I learned a lot about computers from this build. #1 thing is, if you have never built before, planning for a month is not enough. I still felt rushed and ended up making a hasty case decision(got a cheap case off newegg which ended up being replaced with the current Corsair 220t
It is not listed but the MOBO is the b450 Carbon Pro which I got on sale for $179CAD so I couldn't pass it up for my budget. https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450-GAMING-PRO-CARBON-AC
I did some additional painting to the MOBO heatsinks, m.2 heatsink, and GPU backplate/front cover to add white, which went surprisingly well with some white enamel primer/paint spray paint. Masked off the details.
I also learned how varied fan connectors are... seriously... WTF fan companies. The 3 that came with my first case were RGB and they were 6 pin. Then I bought a three pack of SP120 Pro RGB that showed me how proprietary Corsair is. Then I bought a few AP140 because they were on sale(they were for my first case) and they were different as well. Luckily with the Corsair 220t(3 SP120 RGB pro included) I could just also add my earlier trio of SP120 for a contiguous look.
The built in OC has the CPU running at 4.25mhz on all cores, and I changed the timing profile on the memory so it hits 3200mhz(had 3400 for a while but it wasn't stable and got tired of resetting my bios). The GPU is also optimized to run over 1900mhz. I have only been playing Borderlands 3 and The Outerworlds but they both run over 70fps on max settings. OH, and the CPU cooler is a stock Wraith Prism cooler my friend gave me from his 3800x. My included Wraith Spire is still in the box.
I am also still working on cable management. I have completed a custom cable for the GPU pci-e that is only 10" long, so it goes straight to the PSU with no extra length. I am planning on doing the same for the CPU atx, and the MOBO 24 pin as well, when I have more time to create the pin out diagrams.
Anyway. Lots of fun, and I seriously recommend this case for anyone who doesn't want all those stupid optical/hard drive racks at the front. It is basically the most compact ATX I could find. Oh, and I bought a 90 degree connector for the MOBO so it didnt have to bend around a lot, and this 90 degree option should be available for EVERY single PSU cable and someone is missing out on a huge niche product. PEACE
Really great product for the cost. If you are patient, you can get these sticks for around $100CAD(2x8) which is really great for 3200mhz. And if you like RGB you got it, and if you don't, STILL a good deal and you can turn it off. One tiny thing, the quality control on the housing is a bit sloppy, so some of the housing needs to be properly pressed together out of the box.
After extensive searching I found this case. It was very well priced, considering it comes with $60 worth of SP120 RGBPro Corsair fans, and if you are trying to do a compact build with an ATX motherboard, this is the best mainstream option. No useless drive spaces behind the front fans!!!