First time build after buying lower mid-range laptops for years. Not a "gamer," but I do like to play semi-regularly -- so lag free gaming pushed me to buy something a little overpowered for the other 95% of the time I am surfing the web and using Office.
Nothing special here in this build. i7-4790k processor, Z97 board, 16 gigs of RAM, GTX 970 card. I suppose the Kraken X61 cooler was a bit of an overkill, though. Oh, and the 3 SSDs in RAID 0. (Never going back to mechanical drives! And yes, they are backed up locally and online.)
Went with lower end SSDs to save a few bucks, and they still push the limits on the motherboard's data transfer in reading data. Space and speed were both important to me. Also have an old 500GB laptop HDD in there for backup/storage.
Confession: I did the X61 instead of the Corsair H100i simply because it was 140mm, and the slot for it was 140. (I had ordered the Corsair H110i, but it was recalled due to leakage in sub-freezing temperatures.) Besides that, I could not justify spending any money on aesthetics beyond the two white LED fans.
It was fun to build a computer. I definitely have to thank PC Part Picker and all the geeks on YouTube... I could not have done it without ya'll!
Everything besides the Kraken X61 (see my review) was super easy to install, configure, and working great so far. Love the Gigabyte network card -- cheap and works great. Also really love the Phanteks case -- they did a great job for a great price.
Even though I already knew how to install it, the installation instructions were terrible.
The software was terrible. I could not even change the colour of the pump LED. Luckily, NZXT had just posted a beta of their next software to dropbox.com 42 hours BEFORE I hit the technical support forum, which solved the problem.
And, the pump is already making noises. I can hear it grinding from across the room in bed.