This is my first build in about 5 years, and overall I'm extremely happy with how it has turned out.
I was getting tired of typing out assignments on my ****** macbook air keyboard, and also getting a craving to play some modern games (mostly just the witcher 3). Actually I dropped nearly $2000 on this thing just to play the witcher 3. My girlfriend doesn't stop giving me trouble about it but I don't care, it was all worth it to have this sweet, sweet, quiet, friendly little box with a fair bit of grunt.
Parts all pretty standard, I was helped immensely by tonymacx86.com, if you want to build a hackintosh and have no idea what you are doing, definitely start there.
Mobo - Perfect board, no OC needed and included PCIe port for the Wifi card allowed me to install a MacBook broadcom card to get wifi and bluetooth working on the mac side. Also the fan software on this board, while nothing on ASUS or MSI was somewhat workable, and I have the two noctua set to arond 750 RPM, to rise linearly to 1200RPM as the mobo heats up.
CPU - Good bang for buck
CPU Cooler - Originally had the Coolermaster TX3, which was far, far superior in sound and cooling power to the stock intel. After a month or two I got rid of it, because it was a bit loud under load (high pitch). The Cryorig was one of the only medium sized coolers to fit in this case with the extra side fan mod. I was really impressed by it, sitting on around 450 RPM on idle, totally silent, and even when getting pumped by Prime 95, only spins up to 1300 RPM, and is audible, but has a nice low frequency hum compared to the TX3.
Memory - Got a good deal ordering from US amazon, solid RAM
Storage - Windows 10 is installed on one SSD. Yosemite and El Capitan are installed on the other. Will get rid of Yosemite in a few months, just always safe to have a backup. The SSD's are not positioned in the usual spot (bottom of case) to allow better airflow to GPU. I just bought some adhesive velcro spots, and stuck one SSD to the PSU and another front top section of case.
On the 2TB hard drive I've got a few partitions for clones. Otherwise I've got about 1.5TB's formatted in HFS+ because I use OS x more day to day. However, Windows 10 can read it because I installed a free version of Paragon. Great program, no problem after 6 months using it.
GPU - Really impressed by this little fella, had the windforce in a node 304 before, and while it was at a slightly higher clock, this little guy plays the Witcher on Ultra at about 55-60 FPS and only ever hits 65C even on hot Australian days.
Case - Such a beautiful case, great build quality, just watch out for sharp edges. Tough to build in, but with a bit of planning and forethought (Tuck cables under mobo and behind PSU) can looks pretty handsome inside. I ended up doing a minor mod to the left hand side of this case, cutting a 140mm hole on a pedestal drill and installing the Noctua Fan. This wasn't actually essential for temperatures (It knocked a couple degrees off CPU and 3 or so off GPU). I did it to try and capture more of the dust heading for the sweet expensive internals of the computer. My last comp lived in a very dusty house, and when i cleaned it up for my parents to use the other week it was horrific.
PSU - Decent semi-modular PSU. Some people say you need to get a short cable set when working in such a small case, but to be honest, with a bit of creativity, you can stash most of the wires out of the way. Semi Modular was very helpful though.
Silverstone Dust Filters - I've got one of the bottom of the case under the GPU, and one on the side. I placed magnetic tape around the edges, as aluminium isn't magnetic enough to support them. They are removable and clean them once every two or three weeks, just a quick blow and wipe. Very fine filters, stops even the smallest bits of dust.
Temperatures IDLE - Essentially Silent. (18-20DBa?) CPU 32C CPU FAN - 450 RPM CASE FANS - 730 RPM GPU TEMP - 31C GPU FAN - 1175RPM (33%) SSD1 - 30 SSD2 - 31 HDD - 30
Furmark 15min burn in + Prime95 run Simultaneously (Max Temps/Speeds) STRESS - Audible but not offensive. (24DBa?) CPU 68C CPU FAN - 1470 CASE FANS - 1200 RPM GPU TEMP - 65C GPU FAN - 1954 RPM (56%) SSD1 - 35C SSD2 - 38C HDD - 34C