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I built this for a couple of reasons. Mainly as a Photo editing PC. I know it's overkill, but that leads to the second reason, because I could haa ha. At the time, I was given a great deal on the parts so I couldn't pass them up. I wasn't into gaming and didn't want to purchase a new fancy GPU that would have costed me four or five hundred dollars. I Initially had a Asus 750Ti but then happened to see the EVGA 950 FTW card and that had a back plate. It fit the aesthetics of the case so much better. I built this last August (2015) and I love it to this day. I have since gotten into gaming and built another PC for that. I use this one when needed. I love it though. The Corsair H110 GTX keeps my temps reaaaaally low. At idle it's in the mid 20s. It never really goes above 40 for that I do on it. I will say though..... the fans are LOUD.... These things move a ton of air, but they are loud. As pretty as this one is to look at, it is really loud. Admittedly though, I haven't gone in and changed the fan curve. I let the Asus software do it for me. I know I know it's lazy (don't judge me lol). But other than that, this thing is a solid machine !!! I love to turn it on when I am ready to edit some pics. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the build. Turned out really well.
This processor is a beast. It is probably the best bang for your buck in terms of all around ability. Yea, they 6700K might be faster for gaming in some games, or the haswell refresh may be faster. But when this came out, it was a no brainer for me. I am a happy customer. I have this OC to 4.5 using a Corsair 110i GTX in a push pull configuration. No complaints what so ever.
This keeps my 5850K cool even while OC to 4.5. Solid cooler.
This board was one step down from the deluxe yet still provided all that I would need it for. It for the bill as far as the blue and white theme and it's Asus...
Ram is ram. I haven't had any complaints with these.
So many people get upset with these drives because they take a long time to boot up. I can boot my other PC from a cold start in about 6-7 seconds. This one takes about double that. Not long by any stretch, just not as fast as the Samsung Evo. That isn't the drive's fault though. The drive is only there. The system has to initialize it. Once it is initialized however, look out. This thing is FAST !!!
It's WD and it's their black line, which is supposed to be their best HDs.
I haven't had any issues with this card. For what I use it for, it is perfectly fine. And it has a backplate. Can't beat that. The only gripe I have, is that the power connection is in an awkward place. So running the cable looks extra weird. Other than that though, it works well for my purposes.
The case is beautiful and I love looking at it. The one thing I will knock it for, is the fact that the panels are so flimsy. They are really light but really flimsy. I had to RMA one already because the rear panel was warped. Outside of that, this thing is a nice case. Plenty of room to cool. I haven't ventured into custom loops yet, but it has enough room for them.
Quiet, efficient, and fully modular. That's why I got it, and it hasn't let me down yet !!! 80+ Gold Certified !!!
It does what it's supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
Nice fan, Bright LED. I just don't like that the brightness changes based on fan speed.
Excellent quality monitor. It isn't for gaming per se, but it does what it is supposed to do. It fits its intended purpose.
Works most of the time. It can be quirky. But Its wireless and the receiver is pretty good.
I would have rather gotten some CableMod mesh cables. They are a lot more flexible and also look great. These do their job and look good as well. But they are not really that flexible. If you buy these, make sure you get some cable combs.
These are good until you pull on them. Then the shrink wrap comes off and the ugly colors of the cables are shown.