I decided to build my first PC after a lifetime of fun with PC gaming. I was raised on such classics as Fallout 2, Creatures, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, and (obviously) Minesweeper.
Being a pathologically frugal human being, I winced at the total I rang up on this build. I went into /r/buildapcsales with the best of intentions. Instead of buying the parts I originally wanted, I found impossibly good deals on parts better than I originally wanted. C'est la vie.
I was originally planning on using a 960 Evo but I couldn't justify the cost after all the other expensive parts I decided I "needed" for this machine. After all, my games aren't going to load any faster. A Crucial MX300 in Momentum Cache seems to work just fine.
Overclocks easily. You may or may not win the silicon lottery.
It's running a stable 1.425V 4.7GHz OC. I like rock-solid stability using various stress-testing tools, so I had to increase the voltage.
Some think it's crazy to go above 1.4v. Others push it even harder than 1.45. So far, so good for me.
I can't argue with the cooling abilities of this water cooler.
However, Asetek (who supplies the H115i) has pretty crap firmware and the H115i has nowhere near as good firmware as the H110i (supplied by CoolIt). You'll get exactly the same cooling results with both, but you'll have much better LED lighting control, fan control, etc. if you get the H110i.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd get the H110i, but installing a CPU block is a pain in the butt, and I'm lazy, so I won't.
This motherboard is so, so good.
Click BIOS 5 is very easy to work with. It supports wireless mouse and keyboard input. It saves BIOS profiles so you can go back if your system becomes unstable on your OC.
It has one-button overclocking for the pathetically lazy. (come on man, just learn how to tinker with voltages and you're golden)
XMP is easy to turn on.
The manual is enormous, easy to read, and gives clear instructions.
It isn't a full ATX--you won't use the rightmost mounting posts--so you might be worried about installing the plugs on the right side, but they're easy peasy.
USB type-c. Decent sound. M.2 PCIe functionality. 2 SATA cables.
This thing kicks butt.
With XMP turned on for this RAM, my BIOS finishes loading in 6.3 seconds. This memory is a great all-round performer. I use Momentum Cache on my SSD (which uses system memory) and it works flawlessly. It seated easily into my motherboard.
Good, solid SSD.
The budget beast of the 1080 crowd.
Aside from the fan profile, I don't need to tweak this card at all for it to run great. I will run an OC on this thing when it finally starts to lose ground against the next-gen cards. I set up a slightly more aggressive fan profile than the default just to be safe. Afterwards, this card never saw temperatures above 78 degrees C during a heavily modded, ENB-added Fallout 4 session.
This case is phenomenal. Cabling is so dang easy with this thing. The rubber ports to send cables behind your motherboard are a pleasure to work with. The drive bays are brilliantly placed. The design is perfect for minimalists.
My only minor complaint--the front USB 3.0 ports aren't the sturdiest.
With the SuperNOVA P2 750W, you know you've bought a premium product as soon as you've opened the box. The braided black cables match the case I bought perfectly. The protective pouches for the PSU and cables are a really nice touch. This thing has enough cabling for practically every imaginable build scenario.
I don't think one detail has been left out of this PSU. It's extraordinarily silent. It's extraordinarily efficient. It looks great. Anyone from midrange to prosumers should consider taking the plunge and spending a little extra on such a vital component for your PC.
Note: For mid-tower and larger builds, you will need to unscrew the attached PCI cover plate and screw on the larger one. Regardless, this is a great product and it recognized my wireless network immediately upon Windows 10 installation, even without the antenna.