Used for gaming.
Originally I had a concern about my CPU temperatures being higher than expected, however after a few days of use they have gone down from 36C idle to 26C. This is probably a combination of burning it in and the drop in ambient temperature for the room.
CPU easily OCed to 4.2GHz without problems, and while I could go higher I don't think I will. Want to keep it as cool as possible. Memory has been OCed to 2400MHz, and the GPUs have been OCed to a core clock offset of +100MHz, and a memory clock offset of +150MHz.
The case used was the Bitfenix Colossus Window. There are four (4) 120mm BitFenix Spectre Pro LED fans on the H100 in push/pull, one (1) 140mm BitFenix Spectre Pro LED on the back for exhaust, one (1) 230mm BitFenix Specrew Pro LED in the front, and two (2) 120mm Spectre Pro LEDs on the side panel.
I think I may pick up one more 120mm fan for the case bottom, as there is plenty of room to install it beside my PSU. Another SSD, GTX 690, and 16GB of RAM are on the list of wants in the near future.
I also have my old EVGA GTX 470 that I am considering popping in for a dedicated PhysX card (despite not really need to do so).
Advice and opinions welcome. This was my first build which I put together myself. Not the first time picking out parts, but previously I had family do the actual construction.
There are a couple notes I want to make about this build now that a few years of passed. While everything still runs to perfection (outside of an updated GPU; picked up a 780 Ti) the BitFenix Colossus case is an absolute piece of crap. About a year into usage the top hinges of the case compartment broke off, following by the entire lid to the compartment area. Following that the cheap plastic power button broke off and cracked, and then the actual board which controls the power, LED, and restart buttons failed. Thankfully my mobo has a press-start power button on it, as I could no longer use the more traditional method.
With this in mind I cannot recommend a BitFenix case. However, the BitFenix fans are good and I would absolutely buy them again.