This is my 2010 Macbook Pro replacement. I decided I needed a desktop to use for everything--gaming, music production, and some video editing. I'm really happy with this build and I'm glad I didn't opt for an iMac.
Thought I'd share some of the difficulties I ran into and hopefully help others out and save them time...
I have studio monitors that I hook up to this and it was generating some noise every time I moved the mouse and got really loud when I would play a game. I was using a 3.5mm TRS to dual 1/4th inch connector that plugged to each speaker. The cable was getting a lot of interference. Using an audio interface (Peavey USB Audio Interface) with dual XLR outputs fixed this noise issue. I researched this noise issue and it can be a lot of things, so this might not be the fix for others, but it was for me.
I'm using the NZXT Hue+ lighting strip here. It doesn't fit in the 2.5" bays like it says it would. It's too thick and won't let you slide it forward to clip it on. There's plenty of room on the bottom with the power supply. I just installed it down there with some velcro. Also, the Hue+ requires a USB header and this motherboard only has 1 USB header. My Kraken X61 also requires a USB header. I had to purchase an internal USB expansion board (NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion) to get them to work.
I have the Kraken X61 installed at the top with the fans pushing air out. You have to install the fans below the radiator to make it fit. The EVGA 980Ti Hybrid radiator is installed in the rear with the fans pushing out. I kept the stock fans in the front and are pulling air in. I bypassed the fan controller that's built in on the Manta and plugged all the fans directly to the motherboard. Also, the Kraken comes with it's own thermal paste, no need to buy or apply any.
Old XBOX 360 controller works great. Plug and play in Windows 10.
There's a motherboard cable for the power supply that has a 10 pin connector and 24 pin connector that both get plugged in to this power supply (24 pin on top and the 10 pin right under it). They're not labeled and the manual does not tell you anything. I'm sure this is all common knowledge to most, but for me it wasn't. Again, this was in my case with this power supply and this specific motherboard, may be different for others.
I bought some white extension cables and ended up not using them. All the cables I needed came with the components I purchased.
Just want to say , this site is great. It really makes it a lot easier to build a PC and makes it hard to F up since it tells you what's compatible and what's not.
So far no regrets going from Apple to PC. Panda's a beast. Thanks for checking out my build.