Built for a friend to get into PC gaming, who had a choice to buy a laptop or build a desktop.
Hit the top of his budget and it works very well.
Utilized a few old parts I had from other builds, and he traded me for the processor.
The motherboard lacks onboard USB 3.0, so an adapter is still required to connect the front panel USB ports (albeit at 2.0 speeds maximum). He liked (and still likes) the case, though.
Fallout 4, GTA V, CS: GO, and Portal 2 all run well above 60 FPS with great quality.
Cable management is still a high-priority TODO.
Dead socket, though the processor is still very much alive. No hiccups on speed.
Excellent cooler compatible with a lot of cases. No need for a backplate, though the installation gets tough if RAM is already placed in the board. Keeps everything at cool temperatures.
Basic motherboard for a dead socket. Works at the very least - wish it had more features, and fan connectors. DDR3 is limited to 1333.
3000-4000 hours on, running strong still.
Despite me associating Zotac with low quality, this is a nice card - especially for the price. Let's just hope it doesn't die in a year, but good performance otherwise. Came with a DVI to VGA adapter, which was nice.
Metal, portable, and roomy for the size. Not a lot of room for cable management in the back so I just stuffed PSU cables in the HDD bay (which is removeble). 5.25" expansion bay slot is best installed by popping the small panel out and placing in from the front. USB3 and a super bright power LED combo.
Silent, and it works well (though my max load is under 200W so results may vary).
Basic ODD. Loudest part of the build.