This was my first build and it was a great experience. I use it for gaming, some school work, and general Internet browsing. It performs very well. I couldn't have possibly done it without this site, so thank you.
The Hyper 212 EVO was bigger than I thought it would be. It works really well. I ran Prime95 for an hour, played Borderlands 2, Crysis, etc. and it never rose above 50 degrees (I think CoreTemp is messing up somehow because 50 is a little too good). Instructions were clear and it was easy to install. The only problem was I got one screw that came with it that was cross threaded, so one of the bolts on the back only screwed in about 2 rotations. The other three worked fine so it doesn't look like it will make a difference.
As for the 280X...wow. I came from a laptop with an A10-4600M and Radeon HD 7670M graphics, and this blows it out of the water. I don't own a lot of newer games yet, but from what I've run so far (Borderlands 2, TF2, Crysis, DE:HR) I get 60+ fps on max settings without breaking a sweat. The MSI Afterburner utility for this card is really nice. It also runs pretty cool. I don't think I've given it a real test yet, but doing the same things on my laptop would get temperatures to 95+ so I am happy.
Pictures do not do this case justice, it looks beautiful. The blue and red color scheme is very pretty in my opinion. Cable management was a breeze, the case is very helpful for that. I also like the fan speed controller. The rubber grommets that the cables go through fall off really easily, but they are fairly easy to get back on so no big deal. Honestly, sometimes I just stop whatever I am doing and admire it. May cost me a kill, but it's worth it.
Over-all, I am very happy. I overspent on the PSU and CPU, both of these items went on sale for ~$20 cheaper than what I bought them for within a week of buying them. I still have to get my keyboard, mouse, headphones, and mousepad, but I am waiting until Christmas for those. For now I use a basic version of those items. I think I did pretty good with cable management. The cable for the GPU is kind of annoying to work with though, plus the other side of the case...there's a good reason I don't have any pictures of that little family get-together.
The name came from a certain supercomputer named Daedalus. Compared to my old laptop, this thing might as well be.
Feedback is appreciated.