SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM
This will be used 95% for PC gaming, and was built with VR in mind. My criteria were: Clean, simple outside design. Dead silent. Power efficient. I bought all the parts 2 weeks after Black Friday (DOH.) but still managed to get some great deals by shopping around and buying one or two things "used" (namely; one of the SSDs and the case)
Things that worked well:
The SSDs in a RAID0 stripe on the Gigabyte board work exceptionally well. Adds about 15 seconds to the BIOS part of startup, but once the Windows loading wheel hits, it's about 10 seconds to a functional Windows desktop (including entering my PIN). Was a little unclear to set up (mind you - I wasn't looking at the instructions) - so for anyone who sees this... Just set the SATA mode to RAID and save and exit. It will take you to a DOS-looking RAID setup wizard and knock it out in no time flat. Load times don't exist. Witcher 3 fades in the load screen and immediately fades it out before I can read anything at all.
Case is a dream. I previously built in an Antec P182 which was definitely better built (thicker metal, etc.) but didn't block sound nearly as well and didn't have nearly the nice touches this does for building. Velcro straps everywhere you need them. Easy to install Motherboard (great little static pin that fits in the middle screw hole and keeps the board in place and aligned while you screw the rest in). Lots of space behind the motherboard for cable hiding or SSDs if you go the 2.5" route.
PSU is truly premium. Love it. Nicely braided cables, fully modular, quiet.
Now that I've used Noctua case fans, I don't think I can use anything else. Be forewarned.
- The Graphics Card was reporting 56C at idle, but only goes up to 60C under full load. I don't know if I had a bad install of the monitoring software, bad sensors, or a bad card. Still trying to sort that out. It's silent either way.
NOTE: So I was playing around with some BIOS(EFI?) settings and enabled "Ultra Fast Boot" which only selectively loads USB drivers, and changed the boot priority from "Windows Boot Manager" as #1, to my RAID stripe as #1 and left the Windows Boot Manager out. This meant that on next boot, two different USB keyboards weren't recognized in ANY of the USB ports to re-enter the BIOS, and the computer didn't see any bootable devices. I figured "No big deal, I'll just press the handy CMOS reset button!" The problem with THAT is it also cleared the RAID information, so I had to re-build the RAID array and re-install everything from scratch.
With a P/S 2 keyboard (...which I don't have anymore) it might've been fine, but since I have nothing on it I care about that isn't backed up 3 other places, I was better off just going nuclear and starting over.
So a word of caution if you're playing with the BIOS on this board!