Needed a solid setup for productivity and gaming. I also wanted to step up from the i5-2500K to a modern i7 chip. My last build was fairly loud under load so a major goal was to quiet things down a bit on the new one. Also, my old rig didn't have a window and I felt like I should show off the guts on this one. I am a big fan of white cases and landed on a pretty nice red/white color scheme. I paid a premium on several parts for it, but overall I am very happy with how clean and easy the cable management was on the Phanteks case and it's super quiet.
This was my first experience with rigging up an RGB LED strip and it shows a little. I have a problem with the wiring after the 3rd and 4th segments. Usually I will leave it on and set to white and occasionally I will look down and those segments will be yellow or blue while the earlier strips in the chain remain white. I may have to solder the wires to the strips instead of using the clamp ribbons or replace those sections or something.
The motherboard is solid, easy to OC (after a quick BIOS update). I initially had trouble getting the RAM to run at advertised speeds using the XMP profile. The RGB LEDs are a nice touch and the color scheme fits the build. I didn't have much trouble getting the CPU fan installed. I had some inconsistent temps on the initial thermal paste application on the test bench, but after reapplying no temp issues whatsoever.
The case dampens noise very well the Corsair V8 GTS has some loud fans and at idle they are a faint whisper. The graphics card is silent it is amazing I was playing Doom maxed out @2560x1080 and the average GPU temp was 57C with a max of 63C. No problems with the GPU so far, I really dig the speed, aesthetic, and silence of it. From where I sit if I glance down at the PC I see the reflecting light off the back plate decal and it looks sick.
Very happy with the way this build turned out it has exceeded all of my expectations so far. The only things left are to fill out the RAM slots, get an M2 boot drive, and some custom sleeved PSU cables into this bad boy . Thanks for checking it out!