This is a slightly edited re-post of a retrospective build log I made on the small but excellent SmallFormFactor.net forum.
I mentioned here that about 15 years ago, I ditched PC’s and Windows and switched to the Mac (a 12” iBook!) and OS X as my every day driver, I also switched to consoles for gaming.
At PAX 2014 I was totally overwhelmed to see just how much had changed in the world of PC’s during my self-imposed exile. Probably the most striking change was quality - no longer the realm of mostly ugly beige and only sometimes black boxes, grey power supplies, messy cables and worst of all loud rigs.
Reinvigorated, I embarked on an adventure of investigation to build a gaming rig as an alternative to the Xbox One. My last PC was built in an Antec Aria and it was extremely…snug, I had some ‘SFF’ heritage to build off and intended to go back down that path.
The goals I set for the
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