When my 2015 MacBook Pro from my tech jobs of yesteryears stopped being able to hold a video call and a note taking app, I looked into a computer upgrade. Custom PCs intrigued me.
When considering options, I wrote a list of non-goals and goals. My friends who were experts in building PCs helped source parts. I fell in love with the Mini ITX form factor (shocker!) and the idea I could custom powder coat the case to my desired color.
It is especially important for SFFPCs (Small Form Factor PCs) that all the parts fit in the case. No space left unaccounted for.
I ended up taking apart my PC 4 times. First, I managed to build it backwards! I flipped the PSU and CPU. Because everything is created to be modular and play well with as many other brands on the market, this is easy to do.
The second time, I had to debug a CPU error. I could not say for sure it was dog hair, but I'm sure it was dog hair because it worked after I plugged it back in.
The third time, my custom cables had arrived and I started to fit them in. It was only through trial and error I discovered, the specific Silverstone PSU had its ports upside down from the norm. Luckily, the customer service at pslate was excellent. Got it sorted.
Fourth time was the charm.
The PC is purposefully themed. The extras in my case, aside from the Magic Girl matched custom cables, is a Saiko Soda Leafeon, a gashapon win from my 2019 Japan trip. (You can probably find these on eBay.) Then, there are two crystals from Paxton Gate.❀