I built this as my first gaming machine, though I also wanted it to be able to handle an array of virtual machines (hence the 32Gb of RAM). Overall this machine makes me super happy, it never runs hot nor loud, and can run almost all games at ultra without breaking a sweat (X: Rebirth is the exception). The 2 SSDs are in a RAID 0 configuration which makes the R/W speed of this beasty crazy fast. So far I haven't had any reliability issues with that and I've had it running for a year now. While I did have to mess around with a few configurations inside the case regarding the rad I ended up settling on putting it in the front of the case with the 4 fans arranged in a push-pull configuration around it. Then there are 2 fans on the top and 1 on the back as exhaust and another on the bottom as intake. This works well with the filters that come with the case which are in the front and bottom of the case. The only part that I would change if I had to do it over would be the liquid cooler. The Corsair part is a huge pain in the *** to install and doesn't fit properly in this case as it uses different measurements. So now it is only held in place with half of the screws it should be. Oh well, you live some, you learn some.