After almost 8 years on Team Red (AMD), this is my first Intel build (except for one recently built for a friend). I probably went a bit overkill with the CPU (i7-5930k) but I decided that if I was going to build myself an Intel beast, I was going to do it right. I also figured I wouldn't want to be building another machine in the next year or so to take advantage of DDR4. So here we are.
As you can likely see, my favorite color is green. And this is the first build where I decided to buy aftermarket fans to replace those that came with the case. Through this experienced I learned more than I ever thought possible when it comes to airflow (AF) and static pressure (SP). With all 9 fans (2 front, 1 bottom, 1 rear, 2 internal top, 2 external top, 1 side) the beast is actually surprisingly quiet. And the radiant green glow it emits makes me giddy every time I look at it. In order to install the 140mm fans under the adjustable louvers on the top of the case, I had to use a Dremel to saw off two pegs that I can only imagine were included to keep the louvers propped up. With the pegs removed, I had literally just enough room to install the fans for the pull half of my push/pull config.
The Corsair H100i Cooler was my choice for probably the worst reason one chooses a cooler. It had a controllable LED light on the CPU block. It took me connecting the CPU block's USB cable to an outside port before Corsair Link even recognized the cooler at all (which includes all of the Pump/Fan speeds, as well as LED control). After that, it seemed to work like a charm. Until, however, I powered off the machine and turned it back on to find that the LED color much lighter than before (if I had done Red, it would be Pink). I did some research and found that this is an issue with the firmware and will hopefully be fixed in the next iteration. Other than aesthetics, the cooler functions great and keeps the CPU running nice and cool. Because of how high in the case the motherboard is positioned, I did have to once again use my handy-dandy Dremel to carve out pieces of the cooler's fans so that the 8-Pin CPU connector and the VRM heatsink could fit snuggly into them. Luckily the fans are still completely unimpeded so there's no airflow restriction. But be very wary when you purchase this case if you are planning on top-mounting a 240MM heatsink.
Since the MSI x99s SLI Plus board includes an M.2 slot that supports NVMe and is capable of using 4x lanes of PCIe, I decided to wait until more NVMe capable M.2 drives become available. Until then, I decided to opt for an affordable yet blazingly fast RAID0 configuration using dual Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs. I also migrated over the Samsung 840 EVO 750GB SSD that I used for storing games on my old rig. I'm using this for overflow when (more like if) I run out of space on the 500GB RAID. I've also got 2 1TB drives that I bought a couple of years ago that I keep documents/setups/pictures/music/etc. on. Once funds are available, I plan to replace these with a couple Crucial BX100 1TB SSDs unless something quicker and more affordable arrives first.