Haven't built a PC ever. Last PC I owned had an AGP slot. Decided to build a PC rather than get a Xbone or PS4. Plus I want to get back into video editing.
Parts & Logic
CPU: Can't go wrong with a 6-core i7.
MOBO: Chose an Asus board in my old computer. Did me proud. This one is amazing and the LED indicator was a lifesaver on this X99 system since there's no on-board video.
RAM: I probably paid too much for this, but I don't care. Good size, good speed.
GPU: I'm on a LED 1080p TV, so a GTX970 seemed the natural choice.
PSU: Got a good deal on a refurbished modular PSU. AND since it's a 1000w and my system doesn't use anywhere near that, it's essentially a fanless system. (shoutout to GPUschack.com on that one)
Drives: Nothing shmancy. Had the HDDs laying around. Got the SSD for the OS and preferred games/programs.
CPU Cooler: Loved the first one, the Noctua. Switched to the Hyper 212 when I changed to a bigger case.
Case: The Antec P50 is a decent little case, but some fine print escaped my attention and I had to ditch it for a Thermaltake F31. Really glad I did.
Kind of a pain to mount, actually.
Easy to mount. Really feels like a premium product. My build got bumped into a bigger case, so changed to a bigger cooler, but next time I have to buy a cooler, it will be a Noctua.
This specific model has no RAM clearance issues or PCI slot 1 interference. A great little cooler if you have a small case.
Asus does it again. Great feature set. The quick-code LED indicator was a live-saver during my initial build. Especially on an X99 system since there is no on-board video.
Great timing and good size. Color is more black than silver, fwiw. Not an issue for me.
A silent giant. Sound-deadening panels are great. Cable management was a breeze. My first Thermaltake case, but not my last. It's set up sorta like an R5, but really it's more of a competitor to the Nanoxia cases. If quietness isn't a priority, you can find the same features elsewhere. If you want a silent case with a full set of features, then this is your case.
Bought mine refurbished. Not sure if the connector stiffness and troubles I had is in ALL of these PSUs or just mine. My total system draw is like <450w, so this PSU's fans almost never come on. Love it.
Love it. Docking 1 star for not being a super-range keyboard.
For a casual-ish player like me, this mouse is more than enough. Good clicky feel to the buttons.