First-timer here, longtime lurker on PC Part Picker as I've toyed with potential upgrades over the years and decided with Broadewell-e it was time to pull the trigger.
I built this to replace my Dell i7-920 system that has served me well for 7 years. In addition to itching to build my own machine to optimize for visual media (I do a lot of photo / video editing), my old standby less up to the rigors of modern RAW file size and 4k video. Overall for my first build, I'd think this was pretty smooth. A few Q-codes (78, A2) that went away with a few restarts (and removal of SATA data cables from the two HDD because the Corsair SATA power cables apparently don't get along well with CaseLabs' beautiful hidden drives - will be visiting B&H tomorrow) and changing from an HDMI to mini-DisplayPort cable to an HDMI to HDMI (no idea why - both cables work) and I reached my BIOS screen.
You'll note the complete lack of cable management (please forgive me!). My goal here was to get up and running quickly, so I went with an air build and will upgrade the cable management once I can measure exactly what I need for custom cabling (looking at this guy http://www.icemodz.eu/ - anyone have experience?). I've also never OC'd, and look forward to dipping my toes in there as well. If I find I'm getting a lot of gains from OC but cooling is a limiting factor, I may very well upgrade to liquid cooling (after upgrading my cables :). I'm also thinking about trying a RAM disk for my Lightroom cache...
The monitors I've had for a few years and are high-gamut IPS workhorses. Properly calibrated, the colors look absolutely incredible. Though with the upgraded hardware, maybe it'll be time to look into a pair of 4k IPS monitors soon?
I bought the CaseLabs case on a recommendation from a friend and because I wanted a case that will last and grow with me through successive upgrades. Looking forward to giving this a real workout!
Edit: Moved my HDDs into a cage in the CaseLabs flexbay because the geniuses at Corsair only included 90° SATA power connectors that didn't work with the hidden drives. Had to then relocate my fan extension card - at least there's not quite as much empty space now!