I am using this build primarily for gaming.
I upgraded from my previous build, i7 3770k and Maximus V Extreme, as the processor seemed to be dying. Unfortunately with an upgrade from 3rd gen, serious investment is required. That said, I already had the 3 SSD drives, the WD Black and the 1070ti, so I filled in the gaps with this build.
I went with mATX for this build as, although I looove e/ATX builds, I needed something a little more mobile; a little cleaner (my last full tower, the Akasa Venom Toxic, was really, really ugly-); and a little more aesthetic.. and well, damn, doesn't the Fractal Meshify C Mini TG deliver here. What a joy this case is to build in.
I'm not a fan of over-the-top RGB, so I went for something subtle; without the unicorn puke.
I fortunately had no issues with the build (I didn't read good things about the Strix Z370-G but took the risk anyway-), all parts successfully tested to post outside of the case. Due to the excellent design of the case, cable management was really simple and it's a clean finish. Pro tip; hair bands for cable management (I picked up 20 for <£1). Genius. Just don't use the kind with the small metal bar.
A couple of honourable mentions from the build that don't get a spot on the parts list;
TEQI silicon fan mounts (great alternative to screws; find them on eBay.. or.. anywhere I guess), Corsair Commander Pro.
It isn't the flashiest build out there, but it's clean, it's simple, effective, does it's job for what I need it for and I simply cannot complain.
Replacing the WD Black 2gb with a new 4gb storage drive (possibly the Barracuda..?). Adding an Optane module to accompany it.
- Added SteelSeries Apex M500 keyboard, Rival 500 mouse.
- Added AOC Agon AG271QX, Asus PB277Q monitors.
- Added two Corsair LED strips.
After I purchased this motherboard.. I did my research. I was doing it all wrong, I know.. but I have been an ASUS user for years and didn't expect that a couple of days after buying it I would see a torrent of negative reviews for this board.
However, now it's installed and I've been using it for just under a month.. I cannot complain. The board is solid. It gets a little on the warm side when I play games, but there's no concern in the temperatures.
The only downsides to this board concern the lack of a rear IO enclosure (this doesn't effect me so much as my AIO covers the back corner of the board), and the RGB on this board being terribly lacklustre. It doesn't bother me too much, but others looking for fancy RGB lighting would probably want to give this board a miss.
As mid-high spec mATX motherboards (with integrated WiFi) are few and far between for Z370, this board was one of, if not, the best choice out there.
Happy with it.
Using this as my boot drive. No issues. Solid quality from Western Digital, as expected.
If you want an mATX build, this case is the absolute necessity.
I cannot find any faults with this case whatsoever.
Stunning effort from Fractal.