This beauty went together extremely well. I never realized how easy it is to build a computer from scratch.
This is running far faster than my previous computer, a Dell XPS.
The motherboard utilities are very helpful when installing drivers after your first boot.
I have been having problems setting up the SSD, due to my inexperience. I'd like to find a way to change the default hard drive to load programs to, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The SSD is getting filled up, while my 1TB HDD is languishing.
There were apparent issues with the RAM in Memtest86, but it turned out it was because I was running the wrong version of Memtest. My original Ubuntu OS was unstable on this system, and I couldn't figure out the problem. An install of Windows 7 Professional (to unlock the full potential of the memory) fixed the stability problems.
There are absolutely no issues with the water CPU cooler or the GPU. The DVD drive is cheap and cheerful.
The case is the true star. It has plenty of room, and good space on the backside for clean cable routing. The handle on top of the case is perfect for taking it to LAN parties and even makes assembly a snap. Airflow through the case is excellent, and temperatures are quite low.
I love the power supply. Full modularity means you don't have a spaghetti jumble of wires to take care of, and there's plenty of expansion room for extra drives or an SLI setup, not to mention extra fans.