This is my first Intel build after building two AMD rigs and being very happy with them. But as we know, Intel offers very efficient processors so I decided to see what all the hype was about. I still will advocate for AMD's price for performance marks, but the Intel processor is simply able to do more with less energy and fewer cores. This setup can handle nearly any game I own on ultra without many problems at all. The only one that struggles a bit (Read: drops below 45 FPS occasionally), is Assassin's Creed Unity. Beyond that, I am extremely pleased with the build and I know that it will serve me well for some time to come. I think this build turned out pretty well, and I love the black and white theme I was able to keep going throughout the build (The blue LED fans will be replaced shortly, they were leftovers from another build) and I plan to add some LED strip lighting for added effect.
I chose to go for this rather than the new Skylake based I5-6600k for a couple of reasons. It's $40 cheaper (and every dollar counts when a budget is set), and in many cases, it outperforms the 6600k while maintaining a lower TDP (Dont believe me? http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-6600K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4690K). Additionally, I have this chip overclocked at 4 GHz currently, so the performance is more than what my games are demanding at the moment. Simply put, this processor will be able to keep up with gaming demands for some time to come, and I could not be happier with it.
This cooler is incredible! I have not seen tempatures go above 62 degrees C even when stress testing. This definitely is the best CPU cooler in the price range.
This board had all the features I needed, and maintained the black and white theme I was going for, so naturally it was the perfect fit for me! I have always trusted MSI products and never had a problem with one yet.
Solid RAM, I have used it in the past with no issues. And it comes in white which was just another reason to spring for it.
Cheap, fast, and reliable. What's not to love?
This card is a strong performer, indeed. While it won't exactly hang with a 980, it definitely can play any game I own on ultra with little to no stutter (The 4GB of VRAM helps with this). Despite what many people say about this card, the BUS is actually quite capable of using the extra VRAM, and as said before, I have not had many issues with frame rate stutter whatsoever. This card compliments the build in a lot of great ways (one of them the color scheme of course!), and is a great choice for 1080p gaming.
Update: Now running two of these cards in SLI. The difference is pretty amazing, these cards scale at around 80% in most applications, and 1080p gaming is absolutely amazing with both cards running together!
A truly beautiful case. I love that it has a PSU shroud and easy cable management options. For the price, you cannot go wrong with this case. Just be sure that your build won't use any 5.25" drive bays, as this case has none at all.
Bought refurbished from Micro Center (with a 2 year warranty) but this PSU seems to be working out well thus far, and it has an 80+ gold certification with fully modular construction. This pleases me.
Much better than Windows 8.1, and I got it for free from my school. It's a win-win.