This build actually turned out better than I expected. I know optical drives are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, but I wanted one anyway. To get the best performance-to-price ratio I could, and keep total cost under $950; I went with a pre-owned gtx 1080 (runs great!), and a refurbished power supply. The ASRock motherboard with built in wireless connectivity, and RGB sync software was a steal at $75! You could not ask for more in a motherboard at that price! The UpHere case fans and controller are an unbeatable value, and work great! The Intel m.2 drive is just incredible! So fast!
Patriot Viper RAM is unstable at, and crashes when run at it's advertised speed using xmp profile.
The Cougar mx330-g case is great in almost every way but two: 1) The glass panel is made intentionally too large, and hangs down almost to the floor, and leaves a significant gap between the glass and the case. 2) The rear expansion slots are designed as break away, so once removed for the installation of an expansion card, they are not replaceable.
Great motherboard at a price of $75 at time of purchase. Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as ASRock's Polychrome RGB sync software. 4 DIMM slots, two full PCIe x16 expansion slots, and and an m.2 slot that does not share bandwidth with the 4 SATA ports. Can't really ask for more! Highly recommend!
This is an awesome fast drive for the price! Highly recommend!
It's a solid case, and would recommend- especially at the price of $48, but two things to be aware of: 1) If you get the tempered glass version, the glass peel is cut much larger than the acrylic panel, and so does not fit as well on the side of the case, and hangs down low, almost to the floor. 2) The rear excision slots are break-away, and so are not replaceable once removed.
It works. And it's actually pretty quiet.
Unbeatable value. Highly recommend!