Rolled over and broke my laptop screen off, decided it was time to finally get my act together and build a pc. Not planning on doing any serious gaming (hence the older model gpu from a buddy), but wanted to build a solid base to improve on later if I want. Not planning on OC, so stock cooler is fine. Microcenter had a good deal on the cpu/mobo combination, until the end of April 2013 I believe. Mostly planning on using Windows/Ubuntu for code development and music recording.
- Found out during the build that apparently the high profile on the Corsair Vengeance RAM can have clearance issues when installing an after-market cooler, maybe should have gone with the low-profile version for a bit of future-proofing.
- Challenger U3 case is lacking a little bit in cable management options. Not a big problem at all, but you can see in the pictures that I'm still trying to figure out where to stash some of the extra.
- 140mm case fan (top) isn't working from mobo header, still trying to figure it out.
- I've heard other people complaining about this power supply
- Optical drive is quite noisy when running at high speed, not a big deal.
- Originally bought the Asus PCE-N15 wireless adapter before realizing it wasn't dual band. Returned it and bought the PCE-N53 (I'm on the top floor of my apt, need all the connection I can get)
...will upload more pictures once the build is actually done