General home use, primarily gameplay.
Here are the notes I've attached to the build - not sure if others can see them:
There is no graphics card listed in this build since my current card (nVidia GeForce 9600GT from BFG) is not listed on this site. It is several years old. It still operates quite well, but will be replaced at some time in the near future - the card is undetermined at this point, but will likely be a Radeon card - possibly a Titan. This will be necessary when DirectX 11 becomes the norm.
My DVD/CD combo optical drive by LiteOn is not listed either - and the exact model of my power supply (STS-ST750ZF) is not available, the one I listed is the closest model.
Additionally, one of the Western Digital Caviar drives failed - and has been removed from the system.
The system runs very fast and cool. The CPU averages around 25-27 degrees celsius, with the GPU at approximately 30-32 degrees celsius.
Benchmarking unfortunately only comes in at approximately 4400 only - due to the graphics card being older. I'm ok with this right now since I do not see any issues at all during gameplay.
As promised I have added more pictures of the build.
I know that folks are sure to point out at least 2 things:
1) The cabling job is not the best, mostly due to the power supply not being modular - so I have a bunch of extra unused cables to manage. I've wrapped them up and placed on the bottom of the case next to the PSU.
2) The mass of yellow/red and black SATA connections going to the drives is rather ugly, I totally agree. Normally I would have the drives turned around and cable from the other side of the case - thereby hiding the cables and moving them away from the visible side of the case - but the large majority of work I do in my case is on this side, so it just made more sense.
Not pretty, but FAR better than my previous case that was just cramped. I will take any suggestions on how to improve it though...gladly.
I currently have the top fan pulling air in past the memory and out through the front fan. I'm considering reversing the flow to see if it cools the GPU a bit better. The only other fan in the case is the back, which feeds directly into the radiator for the Seidon 120M liquid cooling block. I'm also thinking about adding a 120mm fan on the side panel, which would blow directly on to the GPU - I'm not thrilled about the idea though, since it means the side panel is somewhat harder to remove.
Temperature-wise the system is running very cool under normal load - CPU averaging around 24-27 degree celsius, with the GPU somewhere around 30-33 degrees celsius. I have not run any temp tests under load, I plan on doing that this evening...any suggestions on good benchmarking tools I can use? Keep in mind that this video card doesn't support DirectX 11 -- too old :(
I welcome any and all comments or suggestions.