I mostly use this build for gaming, some light streaming, and some light multimedia production. This is the first PC I've built, as before this, I only had a laptop. I either needed to shell out 1700 bucks for a school laptop for college this fall, or I could bring my own desktop. I decided to do the latter.
When I set out to do this build, I was looking at making a computer that looks wonderful together. I decided I'd make a black and orange build, since there's not many of them, and it's my favorite color scheme. This build is about being foxy: black and orange, and very fast and stunning.
I plan on adding a kraken x61 at some point this summer, as well as potentially a second monitor (depending on how big my desk is at college, lol). When I built this, I nabbed pretty much all of these at their lowest points on sales + rebates, so it took me a couple months to get everything.
About the fan controller: The fan controller works well. The software is a bit hit-or-miss (CAM mobile is and has been borked, the desktop program didn't see my controller until I essentially reinstalled windows), but if it works, it works really well (plus, it is actively getting bugfixes, so maybe it'll be better in the future... maybe). I think that the controller could also do with some mounting holes - it fits right into the 2.5" slide on my hdd/ssd tray, so why can't I screw it in there? (You can see it in the top hdd tray in a couple of the pics)
edit: I have 2 monitors now, but I don't have a camera, so the pics are missing that now.
edit: since building this in may 2015, the things that are new are: another 8gb ram, another monitor, a 250gb ssd, a wireless card, a new PSU, and a new headset, as well as a new keyboard.
I'll be getting a new case soon (likely a be quiet! case in black/orange, since the h440 is discontinued) since a member of my family dropped my case over the summer, which lead to the PSU dying and me needing to replace the kraken and hdd. (some of the heatsinks in the PSU snapped out from the shock... thankfully the motherboard was fine and the case took most of the hit. This isn't to knock XFX - it was a wonderful PSU - but it did die from completely unrelated circumstances)
It's really hard to beat a 4690k for under $200 bucks. Microcenter is a champ. I plan to overclock this thing [my initial tests seem to show it'll do well, but I don't want to push it much on the stock cooler.
Works pretty well, but as with the grid+, the software kinda sucks.
This is pretty much the only black and orange motherboard. It's also pretty great for overclocking (it makes it a breeze). The turbo button on the motherboard was depressed when it arrived, so after I turned everything on, the motherboard wouldn't post or anything. I was going to RMA this until I realized that I should probably press the button other than the power button that's lit up. Other than that, smooth sailing.
Also, really wish there were more usb headers. Overclocking motherboard, one header? Pretty sure most overclockers will have peripherals that need headers.
Neither stick was dead, and they both perform as they should.
Here's my benches. I actually got two of these (one for my laptop, whose HDD is now in my glorious rig), and they both perform equally well.
It hasn't died in the first month. The R/W speeds pretty much match advertised.
I can max out (or get pretty close) almost every game at 1080p60, and it only cost me a bit over 200. Here's my 3dmark result from a bit ago. I think I'd do a bit better since my case has better cooling now, but the difference shouldn't matter that much.
I kinda like this case. It's set up well, but a few things made it a pain (the psu cable managing/hiding thing is nice, but with a modular PSU, it's difficult to get them in/stay in). The foam on the back panel also makes it difficult to get on sometimes, but after enough cable-wrangling back there, it's reasonably easy to fit on [my cabling back there still looks like crap, but that's fine since no one sees it, right?].
A quality modular PSU for this price point is pretty nice, but will be a bit lacking. The hybrid fan thing is pretty nice, since that + my fan controller means that my computer is almost dead silent when I'm not doing anything intensive. However, the cords in this PSU don't really like to stay put - I first slid the PSU back into the case with no cables in, but then I couldn't connect any since the PSU space in this case is too cramped. I then took it out, firmly plugged in what I needed, and then slid it back in there... and the CPU cable had popped out of the PSU. It took me a while to get done, and probably isn't the best route to go for a first build.
They're quiet, they get good air flow, and they are actually orange! They don't quite match the orange of my case (NZXT, you make the case and the fan, come on.), but you can't tell in most lighting anyways. Their cables are also braided nicely, which is a pleasant surprise.
This has no dead pixels, and I haven't had a single issue with this yet. It takes a bit longer than I'd like for it to turn on [not wake up, or to come back on after windows blanks it, but for it to actually power on], but that's fine since that matters once every month ish. Other than that, it has great color accuracy, and bezels are reasonably slim (~1cm).
I used to have a logitech mouse, but it died while I was traveling a year ago, and this was the only mouse I could get on short notice. It works ok. It's not stellar, but it works fine, and it was like... 12 bucks? Something like that.