I built this to replace my old build, Jormungand, which had a 750 Ti and an Athlon 860K. It couldn't really keep up with more modern games, especially games that require a good CPU, like online games and such. My goal was to build something that would last for a while, and also still be able to play new games later on down the road.
UPDATE: More pictures! :D The cable management isn't the greatest, so apologies! Also, I played some games and was blown away by the performance boost. Battlefield 4 I was get 100+ FPS with max everything, and in lesser demanding games like CS:GO and Heroes of the Storm I was getting 200-300 FPS with everything maxed! I even decided to start playing Batman: Arkham Knight, and, after changing the FPS cap to 120, I got ~70 FPS average, and surprisingly no issues with it after about 2 hours of gameplay (fingers crossed). Very happy with this machine so far, blows away Jormungand 1, and especially my PS4. Idles in the teens, and load temps have yet to break 40C.
Lightning fast, great performer in games, and hyper threading is surprisingly useful while recording gameplay. No complaints here.
It works great so far, and I'm using 2 Noctua NF-F12 fans instead of the inculded ones on the radiator. It's silent, and keeps my temperature below 20C at idle, and have yet to break 40C while gaming. Great cooler for the price.
Works as a Z97 board should, the BIOS is beautiful, and the red LEDs on board are a nice touch.
Using from Jormundgand 1. I put it in the slot and it worked.
Using from Jormundgand 1. Using this as my boot drive, and my boot times are less than 5 seconds. no gripes here.
Using from Jormundgand 1. Hopefully this lasts, because where i had to take the drive cage out to fit my PSU and radiator, the only place to put it was on the top of the case, screwed upside down to the top fan spot. It'll probably be fine.
Bought this first when it came out, and I'm glad I did. It's faster than a 970, and for cheaper than most. It doesn't get really hot, and it stays pretty quiet while gaming.
Only complaint with this case is that I wish there were more places to put drives and SSDs, but if you're not using a 240mm rad it's fine.
Good price, 80+ Gold, Modular. It's a bit long, but most modular units are. It's a fantastic Tier 1 PSU, and the 10 year warranty is great also.