So... first build in a couple years and it was interesting reacquainting with the market! My dad's current desktop is probably 6-8 years old, and just doesn't have the ability to keep up with modern software requirements. I thought this build would be a nice update for him on a big day in his life. He does light gaming, and heavy multitasking on his computer. I know it's overkill currently, but I'm hoping it'll last him another 6 years if he's lucky. Put this rig together in about 3 hours, and it went extremely smoothly. Never used any of these products before except the fans.
**If I could give one outstanding complement**, it would go to the Corsair H115i water cooler. I've done air cooled rigs, and custom water loops, but never prebuilt water cooling, which I was a little hesitant about. However, installation was a breeze, just as easy as most air coolers I've worked with! I did order 3rd party fans (the AF120) instead of using the stock fans it came with because I read that the stock fans were very loud, and I wanted to keep this build as quiet as possible for him. It worked like a charm; the entire rig is about as quiet as a soft whisper.
**If I could give one outstanding complaint**, it would go to the Corsair 450D Mid ATX Tower. It happens to be a phenomenal case at a great value, but there was one big flaw that drove me crazy: cable management space. I counted only TWO cable anchors to zip tie cables in the back, and they already had the cases default cables strapped to them. I ended up redoing the default cable layout, and removed the SSD brackets to use their mounting clasps as makeshift tie points for cables. I used pretty much the minimal amount of cables possible in a computer, and while I don't consider myself that bad at cable management, it was STILL a squeeze to get the side panel on.
**Overall**, this build was a joy, and the computer works beautifully!! Super fast, quiet, and easy to modify and update parts in the future. The pictures don't do the rig justice (Just used a point and shoot with a flashlight), but I hope they can show you how well everything worked together. Lastly, I'm always open to criticism about how I can balance parts better for future builds, how I could manage the cables better, or anything else. Thanks!!!