After a huge mistake of buying a several thousand dollar 'gaming' laptop a couple of years before knowing to research before buying, I was really disappointed with the price-performance per dollar. The laptop was my first major purchase a few months after getting my first job, so I rushed it and bought the top end model with 32 gigs of ram, several PCIE SSD's, all before knowing the real difference they made (not enough to justify the price, at least not for my needs, I understand some people buy these high end laptops for mobile editing). I sold it at a loss obviously, but with the money I did get back, I set out to make an actual pc. It was nerve wrecking when I heard that CPU crunch and stopped everything to spend nearly an hour searching up whether I had screwed up before ever getting to turn it on! Otherwise, it was as easy as everyone said it would be, like Lego’s for adults! Couldn’t be happier with my first build, getting amazing performance with stable 60fps with any game I throw at it, and I haven't overclocked anything yet! I can see this lasting a long time. Installed some led fans and strips to pimp it out :D (I know the pics are super low quality, my phone sucks and my actual camera got killed by the ocean)
Cooler fans are barely audible under load, not much more I can say, 970's a great card, love it. If you need the extra brand push, EVGA has good warranty coverage. Back plate would have been nice though.
Cable management heaven. Super clean look and elegant. Breeze to build in.
Bright and quiet, looks badass :D