So this was my first build, in fact my first real desktop computer at all. It has worked well since I got it, the total cost was a hair over $800 due to needing to replace a bad motherboard (the one listed is the second one I got, the first was totally dead). The fan has been removed and now the computer is whisper silent. I run Linux Ubuntu and see the system up and ready in around 10 seconds. Gaming is wonderful, I only have a 720p monitor at the moment but will upgrade shortly.
I know the cable management is not that great, but I did what I could with the case which seems fairly limited. I'm going to run some stress tests shortly and will update them once they're complete!