Cables really bothered me. I've untied and tied them up multiple times.
Goal of this build was to get the best CPU and GPU for an overall budget of about $1000. Kinda wen't over.. This will be used for school, graphic design work, and occasional gaming.
Another 8gb ram, SSD for OS, and some case fans to fill in the slots.
Monitor: Dell S2340M IPS panel
Keyboard: CM Storm Devastator
Mouse: Logitech G602
Speakers: scavenged Dell A425
Tablet: Intuos4 Large
Desk: Ikea Micke Desk
Silverstone SDP10 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter
20 March 2015 Drive cage removed, HDD mounted on optical bay drive. Re-did the wiring; taped it so it wouldn't bulge the side panel
10 May 2015 Added another 8GB stick
30 May 2015 Successfully installed Yosemite + Windows 8.1 Dual Boot
Definitely, I wanted an i7 for the workload but x99 platform, 6 to 8 core intel cpus are way out of budget.
Best bang for your buck cpu cooler. The fan can get loud. Installation was okay, just take your time.
Got this in combo with my CPU and RAM. Board looks nice. All black with some red highlights. Recognized all my parts right away. Layout of the board is nice. The fan headers are in ideal locations for easy reach. The only thing is Ethernet does not work out of the box, drivers need to be installed first. Packaging is very nice and feels very premium. Includes numbers of accessories, even has padding on the I/O plate.
Combo with the CPU. This ram looks really good. I wish it was red to match the motherboard. It was plug and play, didn't need to manually set the speed.
To stay on budget, I didn't go for an SSD this time. Read good things about WD Caviar Blue and it was fairly cheap. This is fast enough.
It was a tough call choosing which gtx 970 to go for. But I narrowed it down to msi and gigabyte g1. Sadly, the G1 has always been out of stock on the time of purchase. Scored 9963 on Fire Strike and haven't played with an overclock yet. It stays relatively cool while gaming (36-40C on idle passively cooled) My only gripe is that this card sags down a little; it's not that bad. A back plate could have been nice too ^ It's like the thing now for gpus. After reading about the memory issue, I just laughed it off. This card performs really well.
I didn't need anything fancy. I was also trying to keep things under budget. Found this case on sale. Cable management area is a bit small, but I managed. Nice things about this case: 8pin cpu cut out. All-black inside an out. Black front I/O cables. Tool less bays. 3 included fans, which are silent. There is a bit of vibration noise coming from the HDD cage tranferred to the side panel. I've fixed it by fiddling with it. Wish the front fan filter was easier to access; you need to take off both side panels to take the filter/the whole face just to clean it.
I was fortunate enough to get this case for cheap. But at its regular price of 70$, it's a little expensive for the quality and features you get in this case. NZXT S340 dominates at this price point.
I don't plan on adding an extra gpu (at least for now, my needs are met) I read many reviews and found this one at jonnyguru. The 24pin cable is a bit stiff. Fan is silent. The modular cables are flat/ribbon style. Would be nice if the cables all looked the same.