My third gaming PC build, and I think my sixth build overall. None of which are on here since the last one was in 2010 and I don't think this site existed then.
Last PC is still running fine enough, it's AMD based and I wanted to switch back to Intel, so that meant not a lot of cannibalization could take place, nor should it for some components that are nearing 5 years in age. As such I took a new SSD and HDD from it, the HDD is actually the same on used in this build and amusingly I didn't realize that until I was install them. The SSD is a two year old Mushkin one that I forget the model of, it's 240gb. Also took the wireless pci card, monitors, speakers, and keyboard. The mouse was an MX518 that had started to misclick, but it was 12 years old or more so that's pretty good. Gonna to use the old PC for living room gaming and/or as a media center when I get around to it.
This system was primarily built with The Witcher 3 and other newer games in mind. I plan to upgrade with SLI in a few years, maybe get some larger/better drives, and possibly more ram.
I waited for Memorial Day weekend to capitalize on sales, as such the total price was about 60~80 bucks less than what it shows now (so just shy of 1300) including tax. Micro Center had several combo deals that weren't listed on here that applied, the only thing that changed was the ram, went from low profile to regular. I actually didn't realize this since the models are so close, but it ended up not mattering with this motherboard and the H7 cooler.
Installation was mostly smooth, first hiccup was getting the motherboard in the case and lined up with the I/O guard, I actually stabbed my thumb on the guard in the process, blood all over the bathroom while I patched that up. It might be prudent to fit the guard on the motherboard prior to putting it in the case, maybe not.
The second hangup came with the sata power cables, stretching up to the optical drive from the lower cage in the R5 isn't doable with this PSU, neither is doing from the SSDs mounted behind the motherboard. So I had to remove the lower drive cage in put the upper one back in despite not needing that many slots right now.
Third was the GPU needing both 6 pin and 8 pin connections. The instructions were a little vague, made it seem like one or the other. As a result of this I wasn't able to route that power cable through the side of the case, so it's just going straight up from the PSU to the card. Anyone familiar with more modern video cards is probably already aware of this. You can see the screw up in the photo, didn't have another that wasn't blurry after the cable was corrected.
Was sorta worried I might need more fans but the system runs at about 30~35c idle and between 36~46c under load. It's also really quiet with the Fractal Design R5 case, which I can't recommend enough, it's a fantastic case.
The computer is named Dark because I have a theme going with "D" and haven't thought of something better yet (phone is Diversion, tablet is Distraction, a bunch of other things are named after The Endless from Sandman, etc).
A great alternative to the CM 212 Evo, slightly easier to install, and it's sorta angled in a way to allow more clearance for RAM.
I love this case. It has several configurable options, mostly for airflow, that I really appreciate and is really easy to work with. Great for cable management, comes with instructions for the entire PC build if you need it, and has properly labeled and organized case cables for all the front i/o and such. It's very sturdy and super quiet, just a really great case.
Coming from what some have deemed the "Holy Grail" of mice, the Logitech MX 518, I have to say this is an impressive mouse that has a very similar feel with additional features to sweeten the pot. The extra function buttons are handy and wildly configurable, and the weights actually do affect the balance (didn't think they would initially but I tested it out a bunch). This is just a really solid mouse.