I've wanted to move to PC gaming for a while, about 8 months or so, so I started saving up money. I got £5 every week and cleaned cars, asked for some parts at my birthday (case, power supply) and one part this Christmas (GPU). Everything else paid for by me.
At first, the machine didn't work because I forgot the CPU power cable. Apart from that, everything worked, build was fun and easy. Well, the H100i was a bit hard to install, my fault.
The original GPU was a Palit GT 730 1GB GDDR5 from my old PC. Didn't have the money and didn't want to wait any longer.
With the new GPU, my PC runs games extremely well. Everything max on GTA V except for MSAA (2x). All I can say is, my PC is a bit loud on idle, but I'm going to replace my H100i fans and maybe the PSU fans.
A capable CPU. Works well with what I throw at it (VMs, games such as GTA V, etc). Also , with the Z170 chipset, allows me to take full advantage of M.2 SSDs (If I remember correctly, due to PCIe 3.0 lanes, I think?). Would recommend to other builders if they're coming from OEM PCs with old i3s. Not worth the upgrade if coming from custom-built Haswells, Ivy Bridges or Sandy Bridges, or high quality OEM builds (lol).
Keeps the CPU REALLY cool on idle (19 degrees celsius!), and is really good under load. Corsair Link isn't the best though, most help it gave me was to change the colour. Still a great cooler though, so no stars taken off.
Don't really expect much from a motherboard. I needed a relatively cheap Z170 board (only Skylake chipset available at the time). Although I must say, a BIOS with a UI is amazing, and a big difference from something like this: [REMOVED] It's easy to use and has a wide variety of options compared to my old HP's BIOS. The only annoying thing is the red LEDs which can easily be turned off, so no stars taken off.
RAM. It works. Looks nice too. 20/10
Don't know why people aren't a fan of Seagate, this works well for me. Maybe in the future, but even then, if it does fail, I won't miss too much, because soon I'm getting an SSD and I'll only be using my HDD for things like pictures and relatively unimportant stuff. Maybe some games if my SSD is full. For now though, 5 stars.
Handles 1080p well. The fact that the fans don't spin until the GPU reaches 60C is nice as well as it keeps the PC quiet(ish). ACX fans keep the GPU cool under pressure as well, even if it's a bit loud. But that doesn't bother me, because the load I get involves explosions so I won't hear the fans spinning.
Nice case. Got the windowed version. Can only really complain about the lack of grommets, but a 350D kit doesn't cost much anyway. The window is slightly hard to look through though, because of the fan mounts.
It supplies power. Does it a bit loud though. Not much of a deal breaker. Will definitely buy from EVGA again, great company.