This is my first build ever. I researched the parts and the build process over two weeks. I wanted to keep it under CDN$2K. Start up is incredibly fast with Windows 7 on the SSD. The fans are quiet under normal conditions. I like the gaming peripherals, feel good for a comfortable work station. Dual monitors I picked up used. Very happy with the size and resolution. The case is just the right size, so cable management was a big deal for me. I ended up using empty bays to sneak cables through so they wouldn't just dangle in front of the window. I do like that the cabinet design allows for liquid cooling. I was able to get in on the newest selections of motherboards and processors that had just been released in September. I am very happy with the performace of both and i would like to add an SLI SSD in the future. I have encountered a few start-up issues, but they seem to have resolved themselves. Very happy with the results. Everything is running as is out of the box and is very stable.