Moving from an ailing laptop, this monster was a huge upgrade. I wanted a monster from the beginning; who doesn't?
First week, I researched computer building. 2 days after that, I'd chosen to build with the 4790K and MSI GTX 970. Thanks to some great advice from Tom's Hardware, I had my workable parts list.
Stoked was not enough to describe my transformation from my stoic self as I began ordering parts. My mother and sister heard no end to what amounted to excited gibberish in their ears.
Battlefield 4 runs excellent on ultra and it easily runs my PlayStation 2 games through an emulator. I must admit, an Xbox controller has been a great investment. Many of the games I play run in excess of 170 fps -- on silent mode -- but many of them don't have much to simulate. On MSI overclock, the rig does not exceed 70C due to the powerful H110, which I mounted to exhaust out the top. Silent Mode brings these temps between 27 idle, 35 gaming, and 50 max. Can you imagine playing at a beautiful 1680x1050 @ 60Hz on near maximized settings, yet hearing no fan nor feeling heat?
Next major upgrades will be to peripherals - I've already got a great Microsoft mouse and headset for a combined $40. It's great to be a gamer once again, and this time not having a permanent lap warmer (alright, lap scorcher).
Don't forget to comment below if you've got questions, comments or insights!
P.S. Cable management is reasonably good, but in the process of trying to disconnect the window leds (don't bother, FYI), I messed it up. Now the NZXT logo and backlight don't work, which thankfully is only a cosmetic issue.