Original Motherboard lasted 3 months, then died. Swapped it out for a MSI Z77A - works wonderfully! Still haven't overclocked as I haven't seen the need yet, but this board does this well should I need to down the road.
Just upgraded to a MSI GTX 980 Gaming GPU - all I can say is wow.
Next upgrade is to move into a higher resolution - 4K or considering the new Asus 1440p at 120 refreshw/ G-Sync. not sure yet.
Eventual upgrade to the PSU to something modual and higher wattage so I can add another card if I want. That's way down the road.
I also added a windowed panel (not pictured - camera broke) for the HAF 912 so I can see 'under the hood'.
I've always wanted to build my own computer and after my laptop died and my ownership on an iPad, I figured it was finally time to go for it and make the switch off console gaming. After stumbling upon this site and doing some research, this is the build I settled on while trying to stick to an $800-$900 budget. I already had the Operating System, keyboard, mouse, and monitor from work, so I threw my money at the good stuff. I added 2 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans for the case, taking out the fans the case came with. Call it flashy, but I love the blue LEDs on the fans.
After having this for a week and trying my best at cable management, I have to say I'm quite happy with it. The system is very fast and does everything I'd hope it would. From playing games on max settings to flying around the internet, I've spent the better part of the last week tinkering here and there to get it where I want it to be.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have probably tried to hold off a little longer, save a little more, and get a bit better of a motherboard and maybe upgrade to a better case. The mobo and case are more than fine, but after seeing some of the other options I could have went with, those are the two things I think I could have done a little better at. The PSU is solid, but it being non-modular caused me a lot of grief in my attempt at cable management. I'm sure you'll all give me some things I could have done better down in the comments :-)
I haven't overclocked yet, though I know I have the parts to do it if I want; but being new and all I don't want to rush into anything and will read/learn more about it in the coming months.
The process of putting it together was pretty smooth; the front 200mm fan caused the most problems as the screws didn't fit the right way, so I found a work around with other screws the case came with. First time I tried to fire her up it didn't turn on, but I'd plugged the Power SW into the wrong spot, so nothing major.
As far as games go, I can play the few I have so far on Ultra/Ultimate settings and frame rates over 45 per second, so can't complain there. Not being thrilled with the Next-gen consoles, this should serve me well in their place. I may miss a few of the exclusives, but that's no big deal.
Thanks for reading!