From the editor's desk: new writers and a new build log

— 4:01 PM on December 15, 2015

Hey, folks. It felt weird to re-use Scott's "Etc." tagline in posts like this one. We'll probably find another, wittier name for these behind-the-scenes updates with time, but you'll have to cope with my unimaginativeness for now.

You may have noticed a new writer in our news section over the past couple days. Eric Born is one of the candidates for our staff writer position, and he's working with us to get a feel for what that job entails. We'll also have a couple other familiar TR faces joining our news coverage team over the coming days and weeks. Watch those bylines, especially as CES draws closer.

Another neat project has been coming together in our labs, too. Longtime readers will know that I have a soft spot in my heart for small-form-factor PCs, and for our next build log, we've been working with some of our hardware partners to produce a hot-rodded take on the Breadbox mini-ITX system that occasionally finds its way into our System Guides.

That sweet parts pile contains Gigabyte's GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard, a Gigabyte mini-ITX GeForce GTX 970, 480GB and 960GB OCZ Vector 180 SSDs, 16GB of G.Skill's Trident Z DDR4-3000 RAM, and an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU. That stealthy case peeking out behind the components is EVGA's Hadron Hydro mini-ITX enclosure. We've got a couple surprises up our sleeve for this build yet, so keep an eye out for our finished build log article soon.

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