My first build!
I've had an interest in building a computer for a long time now, and I finally got to do it.
Upgraded to the Noctua cooler, and this thing performs so much better than the stock cooler, and it's so much better than the DEEPCOOL cooler, since i didn't catch hell fastening the cooler to the motherboard unlike the pin clips i had to use.
GTX 970 is a BEAST! Thing can run GTA V like smooth butter at high settings! A ton of other games also get me a steady 60 FPS, and that's great.
Upgraded the PSU to a 750w PSU, since i felt like i needed a bit more power to support the beef that is my 970. It should be okay to overclock so i choose now too. :3
My Mobo, the MSI Gaming 7, I found on sale at newegg for $151, so it was about 30 dollars off. Sweet Deal, with all the USB 3.0 ports, I just couldn't say no. Perhaps a bit overkill, but eh.
But yeah, building this thing was hard work, but felt very rewarding when I finished putting it all together!
So, my main gripe with this board is the fact that whenever i connect cables to it, some of them refuse to budge. As I've said on other spots in these reviews, i'm not quite sure if it's the cable or the board that gets so clingy to the cable to the point that it refuses to budge and i have to fight it.
Otherwise, this board's plenty good, with plenty of SATA plugins, a M.2 slot, and plenty of USB 3.0 ports.
So, the case used in this build is the blue edition shown in the pictures, but it was a really nice looking case, and it wasn't shown here on this site at all.
Regardless, the specs are the same as it's black and white counterparts, making it equally as good and easy to build in and manage your cables with.
There is ONE con i can think of, and that's the USB 3.0 cable. I don't know if it's the cable itself, or the motherboard's USB 3.0 connection port, but it REFUSES TO BUDGE whenever i need to unplug it for maintenance.