Okay, so my dream finally became true: I built myself an awesome PC, and here's what I think about it. (This build was mainly built for video and photo editing, as well as gaming, cuz why not?)
Prototype: At first, I was going to go with an i5-4690K, then some similarly priced Xeon E3 or something like that, which then switched to an i7-5820K, along with a completely different parts list, and finally, I decided to go with the i7-6700K. At this point, I completely changed the build theme from black and red, to white, because I really liked how clean white is.
From the beginning: With the actual building and all, I had no problems with the installation of all the components, surprisingly, and everything fit in perfectly. The water cooler was easy to install, and sliding the motherboard in was a breeze. The hardest part was taking the top and front covers off the case, because I was scared of breaking them. I somehow managed to not break anything, and nothing snapped; the parts ended up being quite solid. The building process was very fun and enjoyable for me, and I hope to do more building in the future.
I'd like to say real quick that I had these Seagate Backup Plus hard drives that I used for laptop backups prior to having a desktop PC (one 1TB and one 2TB). I took them out of their cases and plugged them in my PC, so that I'd be able to access everything without having to deal with all the USB cables and plugs being used up. The WD Black (2011 model) actually came from my laptop, and I'm using it because buying an SSD and Windows would cost about $240 for me, and there's less than half of that in my bank account.
First thoughts: Pressing the power button for the first time was a lot more exciting and amazing than it looked like, and I watched in anticipation as the fans started spinning, the water cooler light started glowing gently, and all the debug LEDs on the motherboard lit up beautifully one after the other. And that incredible moment of relief came shortly after, with the "American Megatrends" screen popping up. There was a system check, and then Windows started making my laptop hard drive compatible for the desktop. After about 5 minutes, Windows booted, and everything was there, just like it had been with my laptop.
First use: Using a sixth-gen i7 is really amazing, especially after being stuck with a second-gen i5 (mobile) @2.4 GHz. When I opened the first programs and some random folders, I noticed how the i7 just plowed through everything super easily, and that "Not Responding" thing happened a lot less. There was this feel that I knew that if i clicked on something, the command was to be followed and completed, and it felt great.
Other thoughts: I've been using this PC for about two weeks now, and there were no problems at all so far. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the PSU fan which is incredibly loud. If a quiet PSU was present, the whole build would be almost inaudible. The Corsair fans that come with the water cooler are quiet, but if you manually override them in Corsair Link, they become the loudest things I've ever heard, so to speak. The stock case fans are nice and quiet, and a tiny bit less quiet on full speed, but still super quiet. There's a decent amount of dust building up on the front intake fan, as well as the small mesh in front of it (i've included some close up pictures).
Well I think that completes my adventure for now. If you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them. I was 17 when I built this.
Amazing processor. Stays cool while under heat, and smashes anything thrown at it; the processing power is incomparable to anything I've ever used before.
I seriously recommend!
This was the one and only motherboard that had a white PCB at the time of purchase, and aside from being a super awesome mobo that can overclock super easily, cool itself amazingly, and be awesome, it looks great! I had no problems at all with this motherboard, even though it was the first motherboard I ever dealt with, the whole installation and first boot executed flawlessly. There's a lot of fan plugs everywhere, which would be probably super useful in the event of making a custom water cooling loop with some 400+mm radiators. About the temperature sensors: There are a few built in ones, for the RAM, CPU, MOFSET area, and PCIe area, then there's plugs on the edges so that you can plug in your own temperature sensors. With those cabled sensors, you can put them on any surface you want to monitor the temperature of, for example a hard drive, and all you gotta do is to stick the sensor on the surface, and then you see the temperature readings in the Asus AI Suite 3. As far as I've seen, the motherboard doesn't come with those external temperature sensors.
Even though I'm sure you'd like to hear this, this RAM is not made of gold, but it's still amazingly fast, and it works great. I didn't OC much yet, but I doubt I'll need to since the performance is just insanely more amazing than DDR3-666 (or something close to that). The heat sink is solid and the whole unit is quite heavy, which I believe is a good sign. Since you're reading this, just buy it already, you won't regret it.
Don't buy it! Well you can buy it if you want to, but I don't think you should, because it's kinda really super loud. The fan just spins and spins all the time, and the noise won't stop. I saw a PSU before, and it was inaudible, and so I thought that they were all quiet, but they're not. This is the main disappointment of my build, and I'm looking forward to getting a similarly priced Corsair (or any other brand) that offers full modularity and a fan control or silent operation feature.
Rainbows, rainbows everywhere! I was going to get some random cheap as keyboard from Amazon, before I discovered they had refurbished items on Newegg. (I had dreamed of getting this keyboard for a few months, but the price tag stopped me).
So this is my first ever keyboard I buy, and I am seriously impressed. I really like it how it's mechanical, feels great, has a solid build, a lot of useful shortcut and media buttons, and an ARX dock capable of holding an iPad 2 with no problem. The sound of the keys being pressed are like music....almost. It feels a lot more dynamic typing on this than on a laptop keyboard. the only terrible thing bout it is that the keys have turned up sides, so it's quite easy to accidentally touch a key while on the way to press another, resulting in quite a lot of typos. I adjusted to this by having more of a straight up to down typing style, instead of having my fingers positioned in the proper typing position, if you know what I mean. (I still do more typos than with a flat-keyed keyboard though) I would still recommend buying it, it's great.