After using a Mac for a few years, I wanted to go back to a PC. I've never really owned a powerful enough computer to run games above Low/Medium settings, so I figured I'd build an awesome PC that would last me a while. I'll be using it mainly for gaming as well as programming. Visual Studio is quite resource demanding so having a fast SSD along with lots of RAM really helps.
I'm absolutely loving the speed of the SSD, really happy that they're relatively affordable these days :)
I'm using a BenQ BL3200PT monitor (2560x1440) purchased two years ago.
CPU stress test performed using IntelBurnTest, GPU stress test performed using FurMark.
It's a processor. It seems to process stuff. A+++ would process again.
Pretty good motherboard. This motherboard has one PCI Express 16x slot and two PCI Express 1x slots. If you use a dual-width graphics card, there'll be barely enough space to insert one additional PCI Express card in the third PCI Express slot, without blocking the graphics card's fan. If you'll be using more than one PCI Express device, it might be worth getting the "MORTAR" (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b150mmortar) rather than the BAZOOKA, due to the fact that it has one additional PCI Express slot.
The white LED backlighting is barely noticeable (at least in my case) so it's more of a gimmick than a useful feature. I don't really care about it that much.
Cheapest DDR4 memory available. Works well.
Fantastic SSD, super fast! My machine cold boots in seconds. For me it was affordable enough that I just used a single 1 TB SSD rather than a smaller SSD combined with a traditional HDD.
Works well along with my BenQ BL3200PT monitor. Unfortunately the box doesn't appear to come with an AMD/Radeon sticker.
Fantastic case. Looks great, very quiet, and lots of room for cable management on the right-hand side (non-window side) behind the motherboard.
My computer hasn't exploded yet.
Pressing the button results in a cup holder ejecting from the drive, great for if you're drinking a hot beverage near your computer.
Oh, it also reads CDs and DVDs. Haven't tried burning one yet.
Wireless Network Adapter
Solid connection, no issues so far. Bluetooth works well too. Note that Bluetooth requires an internal connection to one of the USB headers on your motherboard, so you need to ensure your motherboard has one spare USB header. My motherboard had three USB headers and they're all in use now - Two for the front of the case (1 x USB 3.1 and 1 x USB 2.0) and one for the Bluetooth connectivity of this wifi card.