I will be using this machine for Windows Media Center, Plex, and other media processing tasks. Also, a bit of light to moderate gaming from time to time.
As this was my first build, I relied on the knowledge of a good friend (SiC) to get me started with the basics. I figure I may not get to build another PC for many years, so I bumped up the CPU (and respective motherboard and RAM) in hopes of adding a little costs now to keep this unit relevant in the near future.
I skimped on the SSD as it was one I had in the closet from a sale a few years back that was supposed to go in wife's MacBook (but she never let me do that...). So yeah, not the fastest there, but still just fine. I didn't need a ton of internal storage as I have a Synology NAS, so a 1TB "work" drive was also installed (got it on sale - figured it'd be fine for temporary / work usage).
Also, I work with photography from time to time, and touch is really kind of nice when flipping through pictures and showing folks the results, hence the Acer touchscreen monitor.
The Corsair case was great and is super quiet. I did swap out the rear 120 fan for a 140 (in parts list) per the recommendation of my friend on his experience.
As for the Cooler Master and no water cooling on this unit... Well, since it's my first build, I really didn't want to risk dumping water all over internals. The CoolerMaster is doing fine at this time, but may upgrade if I want to really start pushing it.
The assembled unit barely makes a noise unless I'm transcoding, and then, when all cores are firing (with slight overclocking - around 3.8 gHz), you can hear the fans kick up, but it's not much louder than when a DVD drive spins up.
Easy installation of components. Plenty of SATA and Fan connectors. Has a nice little 'Q Connector' that makes it easy to hook up your front panel lights and switches. BIOS can configure things 12 ways from Sunday if overclocking is your passion.
Works, was on hand, but definitely not as fast as other more current drives.
Works well for my needs, installed nicely easily, runs cool. Friend's GTX 760 outscored it on 2D graphics though...
Very spacious inside. Cable management system is good (my routing / wiring skills are not!). The three included 120 MM Case Fans are very quiet during normal operation. (2 in front, one in back).
Fully modular, gold certified.. what's not to like? A bit more wattage than I needed, but found at a really good price.
A very quiet fan. Installed easily.
Touch screen is great. Colors look good. I do wish the resolution was a bit higher considering the size of the monitor.