UPDATE: Almost year i sold my 960 for almost what i paid for it (which i don't get but hey it worked out for me!) and bought a 1060 for a net after selling fees of $50.
This case was much easier to build in than my last build (a Rosewill Redbone) This build fit into my current budget, once i made it through the holidays. and so bam! my present to myself, and my old pc as my present to my girlfriend, moved the gpu, (i built it for her but had been using it for 2 months... budgets.)
Basically all parts were decided by price, with planned upgrades for this rig, the next one most likely being another HDD, i currently have a WD 320 gb that is from 2008. Then I want a Samsung 950 Pro SSD or comparable alternative, and then i will replace the GPU and move it back into my other build. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4xJV3C).
The goal was to build two new computers for my girlfriend and myself, and keep upgrading mine and moving my old parts to hers since she mostly uses her pc for streaming, browsing and word processing, and I tend to game and watch live sports (simultaneously sometimes!)
Case 230T is big and easy to build in, the HDD and SSD are put in so that the cables are towards the side of the PC motherboard attaches to. cable management went much better than last pc. Front is plastic and not metal so i had to (this was done after pictures were taken) twist tie magnetic fan screens on the intake fans in the front.
CPU I have to spend more time testing but I got the OC to 4.2 and things went really well for a while but then it got buggy and so slowed down a little from there, but i will spend more time on this, or maybe i lost the silicon lottery.
Cooler its the part everyone has. it does what it is supposed to. at 4.2 ghz the cpu was only in the low 40s at its worst and most of the time was in the high 20s and high 40s while under heavy use.
GPU If i had $150 more i would have gone differently, but since i bought this and originally put it in a pc that including it only cost $700ish, it works for me, and allows me to get great results while gaming. I dont own a 4k monitor, so it works fantastic for me. NOTE: i am not using stock fan curve because i want my case to be cooler, so i have the fans set to kick up to 10% at 40C and slide up to 20% at 57C and then slide up to 100% at 84 (though i have my temp target set to 80C) but the card never gets much above 75C even with the stock fan curve and no extra intake fan near it, at the SSC clock. But with my fan curve, and just 1 intake and 1 exhaust its only gets to 61C, but normally i run 2 intake, one exhaust. With all three intakes, including the delta fan in the bottom of my build (at its lowest setting where it will spin (probably still over 100 cfm)) the card only gets to 56C (and my cpu only hits 46C, and the hottest point on my motherboard only hits 43, but i dont run the pc in that set up normally...)
MOBO overpaid by $20 because i built this last week and got a great deal from where i was thinking i was going to pay (157, and i paid 140, now its 118 after MIR) but it works great, easy to use, I had a really hard time with the I/O shield, but other than that everything was a breeze.
Cooling I moved the fans around from where the manufacturer originally had them and added some news ones, and the fan controller, the case has lots of holes, so i feel to help keep dust out i almost always run my front intakes at almost full blast (still quieter than my DVD drive though... which i don't even know i put in other than i have 4 of them from old pcs lying around) and i can feel small currents of air streaming out of all the holes in the case which I find quite nice. The case stays cool. I have the exhaust fan in the back connected to the MOBO and the other 4 fans on the fan controller. I have a 2nd exhaust behind the cpu cooler in the top, and a Delta jet engine fan in the bottom as a backup since i own it and don't need it and when people come over i can make my pc as loud as a truck. But seriously if i saw my temps rise that fan moves tons of air, and with all the holes in the case i could use just that fan and i can feel air coming out everywhere.
Keyboard I got the ez eyes over a year ago because it was a dollar (Dollar Tree). i bought 2 and gave one to my mom. I should have bought 10, even though i have many 3 dell free ones and a lenovo, and they are basically the same quality, this one is the quietest. it sound is just a litttle dampened, which only really matter when i finding myself jabbing a single key over and over and it sounds like a machine gun. Not so here, except the space bar has a noticeable report, but just the normal noise level of a keyboard, and did i mention i paid one dollar and its YELLOW! with big letters!
Most extreme use i do: Sundays during football I watch 2 games at once (i have 2 usb atsc tuners) and if the games are bad or teams i don't necessarily care about I game while watching because i think i can pay attention to both (that is why they have pause buffers so i can rewind when i hear the announcers get excited!) most other days i just game, stream, and watch tv.