Primarily a gaming build. I wanted nothing to flashy, and I needed to get away from the LED and window combination. I originally wanted something sleeker like the NZXT H2 or Fractal Design R3, but I also wanted cooling. Ended up with the Phantom. Beautiful case, and big. Everything fit perfectly, including both the massive GTX 570 and the Hyper212+. The M4 64GB runs everything smoothly, and Win7 boots in sub 15 seconds. Used Steam Mover to move Skyrim to it, and load times between areas are sub 3 seconds. I also messed with overclocking a little, got it to 4.3Ghz stable, but with the power already under the hood, I opted to put it back to stock speeds. Coming from an Athlon X2 5200+ to this was amazingly eye-opening. Temps are also jaw dropping, and I idle around 35C, with mobo temps around 28C. Full load with Prime95 gets the 2500K up to 58C with or without OC. Absolutely amazing stability. The PSU is amazingly stable, and I got it on sale two weeks ago for $100. Damn thing doesn't even spin up unless temps get high. So far, that is never :D
Only downside is the BIOS/UEFI that AsRock included does not work with my G5 mouse. PS/2 keyboard detection also tends to be flaky as well, but after one reboot, the board is detected. Shows how much this connection might just be a dying breed.
Random thought: I really never realized just how big the Hyper 212+ really was until I pulled it out of the box. It certainly was quite fun trying to put on, but it works wonderfully.
Overall, it turned out to be a very solid build, and I'm very happy with my decision.
Final Specs not included above:
- 640GB WD Black HDD (Installed Progs)
- 1TB Samsung HDD (Media Storage)
- Lite-On DVD Burner
- Win 7 64 Bit (MSDN copy :D )
- Creative Audigy 2 ZS Sound Card
Coming from: - Athlon X2 5200+ @ 2.6GHz - 4GB G.Skill DDR2 800 - EVGA Geforce GTX 260 Core 216 (previously 8600 GTS) - Raidmax Smilodon Mid-Tower ATX Case - Seagate 320GB HDD