This is a build that I put together for a friend, really I just gave her instructions on what to do, and she did (most of) the assembling. She didn't really seem interested in making any posts about it herself so here I am!
This will be used pretty much exclusively for video games at 1080p 144hz (monitor on the way). For her first build this thing packs a punch w/ almost half the budget going in to the 980Ti; she should have no problem maxing most modern titles and maintaining well above 60fps.
My thoughts on the build:
As I stated before, I basically stood aside and provided some instructions at every step of the build to my friend, I thought it was important for HER to do most of the actual assembly, since it is her PC and all! I think she had a good time and seems really happy with the finished product.
We were in a bit of a hurry while building so the cable management is not stellar (could be worse though), I think if it were totally up to her we would have just tossed all the wires inside somewhere and close it up, NOT ON MY WATCH!
Seems to have more space inside than my corsair 540. This normally would be a positive thing but It was long enough that we had to use a fan splitter to extend and reach the front intakes (which we replaced with 2 corsair AF140 QE).
This is the part that I installed for her, as I had no experience with this particular heatsink and just chose it because of the great reviews; It was mostly a hands on learning experience for me and the install can be classified as nothing other than a pain in the ***. From what I observed though the temps are good and what can I expect for $20.
Didn't try the stock fractal case fans, though I'm sure they are good fans. We replaced all fans in the build, heatsink included with Corsair QE fans, 3 AF 140, 1 SP 120. These fans and this case are VERY quiet, the rig is totally inaudible unless the GPU fans really spin up.
Things I would have done differently:
Cable manage better, though she could do this at some point in the future.
Push her for 500gb SSD instead of 250, We had about 100 left over in the "overflow" budget, should have spent it.
Would have bought a different MoBo, I'll elaborate on that in the part review.
The CPU cooler is good if you are on a budget and the temps are fine but the install experience was terrible. Maybe I'm just an idiot as I haven't seen anyone else that had issues...
I suppose that about wraps it up! Some point in the future we will OC her GPU for a little more overkill @ 1080, she wasn't interested in OCing CPU hence the H97 and non-k processor, over-all I'm happy with the way this turned out.
Solid processor, all the power needed for gaming.
Though it does keep temperatures good, the fan that came with it was a little cheap and the install process was terrible. Good cooler if you are on a budget, if you can afford better then go for it.
Looks nice in person (photos had me thinking it was not very pretty), good fan header placement, good spacing on the PCI slots, great price, great ASUS UEFI.
You get what you pay for, the included IO shield is TERRIBLE aesthetically and functionally, there are A LOT of sharp metal bits that protrude quite a ways on the back. I understand this is a motherboard and it's going to have some sharp metal bits like all motherboards but damn. The PCI slots are poorly reinforced/anchored to the board, as is the heatsink near the processor. Front panel connectors are strangely arranged.
Sleek, fast, it's RAM
Great read/write speeds
No vibration, good size, good price
Waaaay overkill for 1080p, but damn does it run games well.
VERY quiet case, front panel door is a nice addition, also provides good airflow.
The drive mounting bays felt a little cheap but still of acceptable quality.
Pretty sizable case for ATX mid, had to run some cable through the front to make them reach.
Pre-"sleeved" cables, fully modular.
Sounds like a rocket ship when reading media, wish it was fully black, but a good buy for the price.