This is sort of my 3rd build, but my 2nd build from scratch. I've slowly worked my way from modifying my tiny case Dell XPS 8500, to dabbling with a mid-tower trying to squeeze two 780s in, to buying a full but skinny tower NZXT Phantom. Amazon only had the black/green Phantom on Prime so oh well for me. I would have preferred all black or maybe white, but the green accents aren't my favorite.
Problems with the build. First, as I mentioned above, the case is rather skinny (width) which I knew going in. I have a PC desk I got off Craig's list for ten bucks that has a nice cut-out little stand for a PC that is only 9 inches wide. So I had to buy the biggest case that was less than 9 inches wide (stupid I know, base my PC building decision off a ten dollar PC desk, oh well). Because the case was so thin, I wasn't able to fit the big side panel fan in with the giant air-cooled CPU heat sink I had. So I had to throw on the tiny heat sink that came with my 4770k until I could get a CPU water cooler.
I just installed the water cooler which was a breeze, but again, because of the skinny case, I had a hard time bending the tubing enough to fit the pump over the CPU. When I did, that stupid giant side case fan barely would fit in with the tubing kind of sticking out. It only pushes on it just barely so it's not an issue, and the fan blades aren't even close to hitting the tubing.
Other than that, this build was pretty much a breeze. I ended up putting an extra intake fan at the bottom of the case because I couldn't fit a push-pull configuration on my Corsair H60 cooler because again, the side case fan was in the way. I wouldn't blame the fan, I want that big intake fan on there, but the case being as thin as it is makes it difficult. Note: when I went to put the 120mm fan at the bottom of the case, I didn't realize after grinding open the screw-holes big enough for the fan screws, that the holes were not actually lined-up in a square, but rather a rectangle (I guess those holes were meant for the storage racks I took out, not a fan). So I cleverly used zip-ties on one end to hold the other two fan holes down and used mesh from an old case for dust prevention. It turned out well.
My CPU temps are great, my 3D Mark score is awesome, and I crush any game at 1080p60. Every once in a while I get a drop below 60fps on Far Cry 4 at Ultra settings, 1080p, but I think that has something to do with the game, not my build. I still need to fire up Crysis 3 to see if I can finally maintain a solid 60fps at 1080p.
I'm running this PC temporarily with a Corsair CS 850 semi-modular PSU. I'm upping to a Platinum EVGA 1000w PSU as soon as I get the extra $200. Of course I'll have the pleasure of rewiring stuff which sucks, but I'm afraid to OC with a PSU that barely makes the 800w recommended cut-off.
I run my system on a single monitor, with adaptive v-sync on. My monitor is only a 60hz monitor and I find I'm happy with 60fps. Plus, my GPUs run cooler with only having to maintain 60fps instead of having the pedal to the medal constantly.
This case has a really easy set-up and a nice built-in fan controller with everything pre-wired and if you want to add the fans to utilize all 5 controllers (7 fans total) it's easy to find the labeled fan plugs to know where to plug your fans into.
Overall, this build went well with the exception of the width limitations. I would say, if you're in the market for a bigger case and want to do things like SLI, want a lot of fans, or want to run push-pull configs from the back-top fan outlet, just get a wider case than this. It's a headache. Or, don't put on the giant side fan but if you're air-cooling your GPUs, I think the intake from the fan is probably necessary. I'm a big believer in good air flow to keep case temps down. If you're not concerned with the air-flow, you should probably get a case that has a big side window that doesn't support a side fan anyway, and show your stuff off.