This build was assisting a friend's son getting into pc gaming. Went with the z97 platform to save some money that it could get put back into other components, don't think he'll miss too much with avoiding skylake just yet. Ended up returning the M9i and getting a H7 cooler instead for the same price (have not seen this price again, so placing the m9i in the build list).
Most of the prices shown are actually a bit higher than when they were purchased, and availability prevented the usage of some preferred parts (PSU for budget, ram, etc). While helping out, I also provided a WD Caviar Blue 7200 1tb data drive, a 23.5" TN panel samsung monitor, Cisco AE3000 USB n900 wireless adapter, and the discounted copy of windows.
Was hoping to jump on the Asus turbo video card, but supply/price was not in our favor, second choice was the MSI white and black card, also out of stock upon purchase week... the EVGA card however is great, and he's happy with how it looks.
Ran into several issues with the usb wifi adapter NOT getting along with upgrading from win 7 to 10, ended up getting an asus 300mbs pcie card instead.
The PSU is probably going to be getting replaced down the road with a seasonic or evga superflower unit, just waiting on a sale. I also want to braid the cables in white and black for him down the road as well to clean up the cable management, or get him to purchase the sleeved extensions ... for visual.
Last hiccup is the extremely resistant front panel on the noctis that will make installing top fans and cleaning the dust filter rather annoying, decided to NOT force the panel off and risk breaking something at this time. He absolutely loves the case, and the budget actually revolved around this component (not usually the conditions i'm used to). cable routing and management was easy as pie, even got the IR receiver for the led kit to mount under the one ssd tray.
This is the first time i've used EVGA ram, not exactly sure where they source their chips from, but so far they're okay... MCenter was running a sale that couldn't be passed up on when he went to get the mb and cpu (another great deal). Would have loved to get avexir cores, corsair dominators, or even crucial tracers into it.
Installation of everything else went smoothly. Im okay with the part selection as the draw on the psu isn't high enough to worry me in the immediate future, plus the 5 year warranty on the unit has me SOMEWHAT at ease... the cryorig tower cooler has probably the easiest installation method for intel (utilizing a backplate) that I've used so far, beating even phanteks and noctua- it literally installed in 4 minutes due to the noctis' huge tray cutout.