Everything is now new in this build for 2016 except the 840 EVO.
Use this rig mainly for World of Warcraft and the occasional steam game.
Had a i5 2400 before this, kind of regretted not getting the 2500k instead, but i have remedied this now by getting the 6600k. Plan to use this CPU for the next 4+ years, as even in 2016 the 2500k is still a decent CPU, i would expect the same in 4 years from the 6600K.
Works great, cheap, reliable, easy to install, paired it with MX-4 thermal paste, keeps things cool.
Took me a while to decide on the mobo, looked at ASRock (previous brand i used), ASUS, Gigabyte, even looked at the reasonably priced Biostar Racing mobo that is probably very under-rated because of the fact it is from Biostar. Eventually decided on this MSI mobo, it has everything i want, only thing that would make it better is more USB ports.
It's RAM you cant go wrong, unless you get that Avexir Raiden RAM, but to each their own.
use it for my OS and games.
Use it for games and storage.
Bought it used off Amazon for $288 back in March 2016, works great, plays high-ultra at 1080p, ill be keeping it for 2-3 years. The 3.5 RAM issue is annoying, but it's still a great card, Dishonored 2 is giving it a run.
All the reviews for this case make it seem like it's perfect, especially for it's price. The downsides of not being able to top mount a radiator dont apply to me as i dont have any plans to ever go water cooling.
As for noise, im somewhat disappointed, the rubber grommets in the front dont stop mechanical HDD vibrating hum, as the front of the case touches the desk and it doesnt have any rubber on it. So i took some tiny pieces of noise dampening material i had that was sticky and put it under it.
And fan noise can sometimes sound like you took a bunch of fans and stuck them in a plastic garbage can. Think i prefer an open air case with soft fan noise to this, and all my fans are at the lowest speed, the 3 corsairs and the 2 phanteks that came with the case. My previous case a CM Elite 431 Plus.
Still need to order the 1m phanteks LED strips.
Works great, though it has a bit of coil whine after the system is shutdown, weird. Being semi-modular doesnt help much for cable management honestly, though this is my first PSU with a modular design.