Client Build 1 - Ditch the Laptop
This chassis deserves more attention from the community! Before I get into that, lets start from the top.
Objective - My brother in law needed a killer rig (within a reasonable budget) to replace his Alienware laptop. As expected, upgrade potential in that once powerful system is difficult to achieve. Damn you DirectX! NEVER AGAIN, we say! A budget was set and not long after, we ate, drank, slept and dreamt of PC parts as we scoured the daily deals while barely paying any attention to our significant others.
CPU - Poster child for gaming on a budget, but you already knew that.
MOBO - This sweet motherboard has everything we need and nothing we don't. How can you beat the price point? Plus the color scheme just looks too good!
RAM - Purchased a single 8GB to reduce the upgrade cost down the road. We did run into an issue when attempting to drop it in as it took a few attempts to get a solid click. Could it be the body, or perhaps the mobo/ram combination? Either way, we're locked in.
SSD - Best SSD ever! Samsung 850 evo? I like having some cash in my pocket.
HDD - Great build quality with expected reliability. Long live WD.
GPU - MSI has a winner on their hands. Purchase one for yourself and you will understand. We wired this build with a second set of power pins so all we have to do is drop in another card. What is FPS? Is that important? ;)
CHASSIS - Ahhhh, the real star of the show. This chassis blew us away after getting our hands on experience at Fry's. To sweeten the deal, we got it on sale for even less. I'm honestly surprised that no one else has a completed build with the V31. It's a cute little case that's designed with the builder in mind. We had a great time building in it and when it came time to tie down all the cables in the back, we flew through it with ease. Notable features: extended back panel, plentiful tie down sections, permanently attached thumb screws, dust filters for every intake/exhaust and a sturdy frame with great craftsmanship. Would have liked to see: removable front dust filter and a better scratch resistant window.
PSU - Silent as (insert noun here).
CD/DVD - It gets the job done just fine.
OS - Some people hate it, but I love it.
NZXT Sentry 2 - I prefer this model over the Sentry 3. I own both but can barely tell what my temps are from the side view when looking at the Sentry 3. The Sentry 2 is visible via almost any angle.
MONITOR - We struggled to find a 27in monitor with a 1-2ms response time and 144mhz refresh rate that fit within our budget. We did it though!
KEYBOARD - The keyboard is on it's way. Thank god for Pedram Afshar.
MOUSE - This mouse has a great feel to it. I love the weight and "sniper button".
It's all about the experience. We had a ton of fun when building and we're happy to share our experiences with you if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.