Story of This Build: 'Twas a young little lad, who wanted a new machine. O' for gaming, for his laptop was an antique. So this boy, at the age of thirteen, decided to write up his part list, one that was unique. He made a few lists, and posted them on the forums, lets just say, his lists, weren't very sound. Dispirited at first, he still wouldn't go down, so he talked to his very tech-savvy uncle, who helped him make a list for which he was very grateful. With an R9 280 and 8 gigs of RAM, this was going to blow his laptop all the way to Japan! (I couldn't think of any other rhymes!) He worked hard doing odd jobs 'round the house, until he got enough money to finally build his machine!
I got tired of writing any more...
Anyway, this build was my entry level gaming build, and I actually build this machine back in early November. Just now I'm actually getting around to writing this! After I first put it all together, I turned it on (duh). The LEDs and the Fans turned on, but there was no video! I got all worried until I realized I plugged the monitor into the Mobo connectors, not the GPU ports. After I built this it barely worked. I couldn't do Ethernet because my parents we're all like 'Wi-Fi is much better for gaming, Jordan bla bla bla' (I know the real reason was they just didn't want to route an Ethernet cable to my room, but I digress). My mother gave me a really crappy USB wifi adapter, which to this day I don't know if just the one I got was defective or it was just a bad model, but it would download my crap at 10 kb/s if I was lucky. After the downloads would finish, I couldn't even use them because they would be corrupted! I eventually just routed a cable myself, and now my games and other garbage download at 2 - 2.5 ish Mb/s, which is normal for me. AFTER THAT more problems arose. Turns out I did a REALLY bad job of cable management, and It would over heat. I then went back in and redid my cable management, so now that is no longer a problem. Now everything runs smooth.
Performance: This computer runs most games I play at 60 frames at middle graphics settings. Sometimes the stock fan gets really loud, which I was warned about, which gets very annoying. I eventually want to replace the stock cooler with one that is much more quiet. I was get a Hyper 212 EVO, but unfortunately that doesn't fit in the case, so I might get the Hyper TX3 (is that as quiet?)
Other Notes: The PSU is great, no issues so far, and the SSD is crazy fast. I've put my OS, Steam, and other important programs on it, and I've been using the HDD for photos, music, and I've also backed up onto it. My only complaint is the case. DO NOT GET THIS CASE, ESPECIALLY WITH A NON MODULAR PSU. Cable management is hell. The case looks cool on the outside, but there's almost no room in the back panel for cable management. This wasn't helped by the fact that my PSU is non-modular. I got the case because I didn't want a black case, because of how common they were. The case had red in the name, so logic dictates it should be red, right? Nope, its black with red LEDs.
Tl;DR: Built it, ran into some snags, fixed it, great build, bad case.
Sorry for bad photos, they were taken with my phone.