This build is an upgrade of the system I put together in early 2010 -- an i7-930, 6GB of RAM, various other bits and sundries. The parts marked as a cost of $0 were pieces I'm reusing (with the exception of Windows 10, I was given that), which is a substantial portion of the computer. Primary use is building parts and FEA in SolidWorks, along with occasional strategy gaming and Kerbal Space Program.
There were no issues putting the system together, except when I had the power cables for the GPU misaligned and kept getting a warning to plug the GPU in. Easy fix, Windows 10 was a fast install, and I'm going to reuse the old parts to build a hackintosh. Should be fun...
I'm aware a number of components aren't listed--the monitor stand, the JBL creature speakers, and the Kindle. I'll probably add them later. Will also get around to doing something about the cable mess inside the machine, but I never see it.
10.27.15 Redid all of the wiring, moved the SSD behind the motherboard, took out the extra drive tray. So far I don't see much difference in temperatures, but it did make a difference in mounting the GPU to the motherboard.
This CPU is quick. Really quick. Probably a bit more than I needed, but I wanted to stick with i7s because I do more than just play video games.
A bit better than the Hyper 212 EVO I had before. Excellent design and very quiet.
I wanted a motherboard that included a couple of M.2 ports, had enough SATA ports for all the hard drives I have, and plenty of USB ports. My last motherboard was from Gigabyte and they've always been reliable for me, and this mobo fit the bill.
I don't care about looks, and higher-clocked RAM won't make much of difference for me compared to having more RAM. Going from 6 to 16 is quite a treat, I'm less inclined to close programs to free up memory.
Bought this a while back, it's reliable and extremely fast.
I have a lot of files. Could have got this for less, but I picked it up at Micro Center, so no waiting for shipping.
People dislike the 970 because of the 3.5 gig+0.5 gig fiasco, but this card has been great. I'd probably go with it even today, that or make the jump up to a 980 Ti.
Silent, fully modular, 80+ Gold rating. Precisely what I was looking for.