I am new to this forum but far from new to PC building and Mods. I don't say this to give away my age, though I know it will...I remember when moding consisted of pulling apart the old beige cream colored cases, which powered those lovely green CRT monitors, maybe adding a fan or spray painting bits and pieces.
Today, that old way of doing things is out the window. No longer is a bit of spray paint or a case fan (or dare I say...an upgrade to a 56k modem.) Gone are those simplicities and though I miss them some days, I absolutely love the attention to detail that goes into new builds.
Coming out of the garage of todays builders, are the Ferrari of computers. Beasts that conquer the bench tests and frag any off the self pc no matter what brand is printed on the box. It is these type of builds that have kept me intrigued over all these years. I can not count the number of PC's under my belt anymore but I do recall the feelings I had the very first time I tore a system down and by some miracle, managed to get it back together. It is the same feeling I still get when I open up a new motherboard or graphics card and smell that unique fragrance that only new electronic components can claim.
I took a short break, (2 years) which in this 'game' can be an eternity. I still followed many other builders online, in awe, of most of the things these people where doing to their rigs. I have since put a lot of thought into my next build. The problem I kept running into was, "What case am I going to use?" I have, in the past had this same problem as I am sure many builders have found themselves in. Typically I would pick a case make some heavy changes such as rotating the motherboard tray 180 degrees. For this new build however, I wanted to start with a case I loved, unlike those in the past I only liked.
I found the perfect one (actually two in a stacked configuration) in the Core X9. This is the first build I have ever followed in a video documentary as well. I know a million videos are out there of unboxing, building, finished products, but I wanted to do things a bit differently and not only show all those things but cover the 'whys' for my components, explore alternatives for those wanting to spend less money, and generally offer some advice that has come with the wisdom only the experience of time can find.
I am here to see what others are doing to their Core X9 boxes too. Most of the info out there consist of CES Thermaltake images or videos. (Which are excellent) I just feel like this is such a versatile chassis that I would love to see all the combinations others can come up with.
Good luck with all your builds...