My first build. I've been planning one for two years and updating parts along the way until I settled on this one. And it is awesome! - especially compared to what I had been using (last picture), it was good but obsolete and lacked any kind of cable management.
Main uses for this build: College assignments, gaming, photo editing, playing music, procrastinating.
Assembled September 7th. I included the original performance score as well as one from last week, hasn't changed since. The drop in score for ram isn't too concerning as this computer is a beast. Nothing has let me down for the first month. Also, do those orange, green, blue, and yellow balls ever touch or anything on win7 boot? lol - it's so fast I never see what happens once they start moving (23sec boot). It runs very quiet. Under high quality gaming it gets a bit warm and a bit louder, nothing absurd. Arma3 is the most demanding game I'm playing and this rig runs it extremely well at near ultra settings. The case is great, I recommend it - holds everything nicely, fan filters, good airflow, all panels removable, many bays. Each component is of great quality in my opinion and when assembled isn't too heavy. No overclocking in the near future. No desire for 3D.
So for this build, everything went together well with minor issues. I did my best at cable management so be gentle.
The PSU is semi-modular and the 4+4 pin plugin for the GPU would not fit so it's just sitting on the bottom of the case :/ I had to run an additional 6+2 pin connector.
8pin power connector to the mobo was just short to wrap behind the frame so it went across the front.
The GPU's mounting plate(?) that attaches to the case was a little long so it didn't sit perfectly but it's in there pretty darn close and runs flawlessly.
Ethernet strength is a little weak.
Additional: It's running Microsoft Office Professional, got it for cheap. Monitor is a year old, originally at $160. Salvaged compact flash card reader, the cable is too short to mount so I manually install it when I need it, I'll try to fix that. Solid state I've had since January, originally $180. Contains the OS. 1tb drive is from the previous computer, its about 5 years old... but still going strong. Optical drive was salvaged as well. I'm waiting for a 3tb internal drive for media. I need a wireless card too. Stereo and speakers are closer to 10 years old but still rockin great volume and sound quality.