I LOVE this computer! It is by far the fastest thing I have ever used.
Pros: Max graphics on everything I play with no notable FPS drop, 5 second startup time, and all the USB 3.0/3.1 I could ever want. The 3200 mhz ram makes this thing fly!
Cons: First I should say this was built on a budget with the intention of upgrading down the road. In no way is this the final revision, just a starting point. Though this may seem like a long list, its just because I tend to want to point out all the downfalls. Overall I highly recommend doing this build, just get a different case!
- The case has almost no room for cable management, comes with very low power fans. The fan controller it comes with handles 4 fans, and it comes with 5. It has room for another drive caddy that they just decided to leave out. And the top cover over the front USB ports / fan controller is in no way attached, no hinge or anything, just kinda hangs out.
- Needs a bigger cooler to get proper OC out of it. 3.The onboard Killer NIC had some issues at initial install with driver compatibility through MSI, but was able to resolve. 4.Though the GPU makes games run smooth as butter, it is running near 100% while gaming, so I plan to run the 960's in SLI eventually. 5.Also I HATE windows 10! Decided to get it at the last minute as it is necessary for DX12 support, but it has more bugs than an ant farm!
Notes on images: Any logos on the case were added by me from the parts that came with the build. The power button and card reader picture is on the top of the computer, under a removable cover. The Blue Ray writer is also under a cover on the front of the machine, just behind the red MSI logo you can see in the picture.
I also tried to show two different internal pictures from the same angle: one with the fan controller on high, and one on low (to show the difference in light brightness), but its not all that evident in the pictures. As you can see it is incredibly bright inside that case with all the lighted fans it came with!
As i mentioned before since it comes with low power fans they will be replaced eventually, not sure if the new ones will have lights or not, but will probably add some to give a nice view through the side window.
The plate that is shown on around the rear ports is what comes with the MB, no stickers added or anything, which I thought was pretty awesome.
Still trying to decided what to put in that 3 1/2" slot in the front, just seems a waste to have nothing in it. If anyone has any cool ideas let me know! Also if anyone has any ideas for how to cleanly cut away the case to get access to the other 5 inch bay.... Thought not sure if I want to go cutting up this beautiful case!