Before anyone comments on the use of an APU, please read the description first. I understand this isn't the most impressive build, but I think the Aerocool DS is an understated case as there is a lot of room within the case to do some big things!
This originally started as a pre-built system in September 2014, the parts with no prices were all bought for around £300. At the time I knew very little about PC's and thought the APU would cater for all my needs, which was playing games like DOTA 2 and WoW. Shortly after buying this, I realised that in fact AMD's APU's are useless for any sort of gaming...
This is where the obsession began, I bought the GTX 660ti for a fair price off eBay September 2014, went to place it into my PC and realised that the PSU provided didn't have the 2 x 6pin connectors required for the GPU... After desperately looking around my local area for a shop that sold a reasonable PSU, I found the CX750. I crammed the GPU and PSU into the case I got with the pre-built and was over the moon with playing my games on full settings and decent FPS!
However, after opening my case a few times, I couldn't live with myself knowing that all the cables were crammed into my case, untidy. I travelled to my nearest specialist PC shop and fell in love with the Aerocool DS case, brought it home and began my first re-assemble of a PC and cable management, which I felt extremely happy with! I felt that the APU was running a little hot with the stock cooler, so I bought the CM Seidon which brought the temperature down nicely. I also swapped out the stock front fan for the case, as this does very little for airflow and the Bitfenix Pro pushes a large amount of air through well.
I have have this set-up through 2015 which has served me well for the types of games I play to a reasonable graphics detail / FPS.
I also purchased a Samsung 120Gb 850 Evo for the operating system, and I was 100% impressed with the loadings and transfer from HDD - SSD.
This year I will be looking to upgrade for a Skylake build, I've been curious about the i5-6600k and fancy a little dabbling into overclocking! At this moment in time I also like the look of the GTX 970, but I can wait until the new Nvidia Pascal GPU's arrive this year. I also feel I need to tidy up the cables at the front of the case, which I will do some custom braiding and heat shrink.
Thanks for looking! Again please no flames about the APU + GPU, everyone has to start somewhere and makes mistakes...