This was my first build and I was able to find some pretty decent prices on parts. At first, I planned to buy a laptop that I could game and be productive on. However, I ended up convincing my GF a desktop would be a better value for the money, plus using a smaller case wouldn't have it take up too much space. So it began!
I originally was going to just use a GTX 970, but I was lucky enough to refresh the page to an EVGA GTX 1080 that was in stock. So yup, that happened!
If I didn't do the push/pull setup with the radiator, I could have saved some money. I also probably would have been able to mount the CPU cooler the correct way, but those lines are pretty stiff. I'd rather not twist them and risk damaging them.
Booting from the SM951 is pretty amazing, games are playing great so far, and looking forward to having this setup serve me a year or so. This was so much fun to build, I'm looking forward to my next build already!