I have a PS4, an Xbox One, and I have been playing PC games on gaming laptops for over 6 years. I always believed console gaming would suffice most of my gaming needs, and I was too lazy to bother myself with building a PC.
Then one day I decided to pick up XCOM 2. I've played XCOM: Enemy Unknown on my gaming laptop so I expect it to run just as smooth for the sequel. Guess what, the game recommended me to play it at LOW settings. An Asus ROG gaming laptop with GTX 765m, struggled to stay above 30 fps after I spent 1.5 hours trying to keep it stable at medium settings.
And I snapped. This is not why I chose to play on a pre-built pre-configured gaming laptop.
The last PC rig I built was back in summer 2006, it's about high time I join the PC Master Race.
Currently overclocked at 4.1GHz. Fast, stable, and cool, no complains here.
The stock fan comes in 3 settings: Performance (2100rpm), Balance (1800rpm), and Quiet (900 rpm). They are quite noisy when not set at Quiet, and some may even experience the weird clicking sound.
Other than the noise, the cooler serves its purpose.
The board supports Broadwell-E right out of the box, and it's been working like a dream. Very stable, easy to overclock. Although the software could use a bit more improvement, but still overall a very good motherboard for X99 platform.
Crystal disk mark benched at 2552 MB/s and 1526 MB/s sequential Read & Write. This slick little stick of SSD is F.A.S.T.
Spacious interior to work with. After dismantling the 3.5" trays this is a dream for air cool or even liquid cool builds. The only bone I'd pick would be the side doors are a bit too easy to open.
Easy to set up, great range and reception.
Probably the cheapest 27" IPS 144Hz monitor out there, and it's beautiful. FreeSync and Gsync models are differentiated with only a single letter in their model number and the price tag.
For just 2 speakers they pack a lot of oomph in the sound. Clean and glossy design, audiophile level of sound quality. Best $250 you can spend in any sound devices.