I had planned to build a desktop for a long time now, since about early 2014. The fact that my laptop was starting to fail and was a bit of a potato for what I was asking of it (1GB+ sized images and photoshop can be a bit interesting with it), made it an easier decision, especially seeing as I managed to save up a bit of money. I was originally planning on the i5 6600k with a z170 motherboard and the fractal design core 500 but I had a bit less to spend on it than I thought ( rip)
Getting the parts was a bit of an ordeal though, I placed the initial parts order on the 15th of August. That day the case went out of stock at CPL online and it wasn't until the 23rd that they told me about it- they were supposed to get more stock in on the 30th so I decided to wait as the case is hard to find in stock here in Australia currently. On the 3rd of September I call them to find out what was going on, it turns out that they still didn't get the case in and it wouldn't be until the 30th of September that new stock was going to come in. I cancelled the case that day and the rest of the order shipped out that day and arrived on the 6th. I had to wait until the 13th to get the case which is when I finally put it all in the case.
The day that everything apart from the case arrived, I built it and used a cardboard box as the case for the week whilst I waited for the case to arrive to put everything in. I felt pretty ghetto whilst using it that way :D I enjoyed this build, it was a lot more of a challenge to do than the ones I've done in the past for family and friends, mostly due to the size of the case and lack of space for cable management. That cable spaghetti was really packed in there and there is no way I'd suggest using anything less than a semi-modular power supply for this case unless you don't plan on having a GPU in there. Apart from the cable management, I love the case and it works really well for what I want.
The GPU is really good, I have it running fanless up to 55° C and when it is under full load, it isn't too loud at all. I do like it that I can turn off the LED logo as needed/wanted, or even set it to change as the temperature changes.
This machine will be my gaming, photo editing and thesis writing machine and what I have done with it so far has fulfilled my requirements and well and truly passed them. This is a major improvement over my laptop, especially in the graphics department.
Also, sorry about the photos not being great, I only had my phone camera to use and it isn't fantastic
Powerful enough for what I want
The motherboard is pretty solid, the wifi can be a bit spotty at time, but it was easy to set up and the BIOS is easy to use
It is low profile and isn't too flashy, so I can't complain
This is my second 500GB one and it is a very quick drive and I'm happy to use them in builds over and over again
I was surprised how fast it is after dealing with a 5400RPM laptop drive
Fast, cool and quite, it is a very nice card and you can switch off the LED lit Sapphire name if you wish
This case is good, it is a pain to cable manage though if you wish to have a GPU, as you lose a lot of space to shove cables into