Hello! So, after months of preparing and pouring over components and reading reviews and watching videos, it's finally done. We, my husband and I -- and I have to say "we" because my husband helped me install a lot of the components into the case... First rule of thumb should be: don't build pregnant. You get very scatter brained. Especially late at night. Anyway, we finally received all the parts and put my new machine together. Honestly, the process was really simple and I don't think I'd be buying a store bought/pre-built machine again.
The build is basic. I'm not into overclocking, so the CPU is not unlocked, (I know, I know. It makes the motherboard I got a bit of a waste, but it was pretty. I'm a stickler for an aesthetically pleasing look and that motherboard looks awesome. Performs just as well, too.) but for the kinds of games we play and the day to day applications we use, it exceeds my expectations. Installation was a breeze. The most difficult part was getting the heatsink figured out, but after that everything was easy. I had to get the new GTX 960 for my graphics card because, though the specs aren't going to work for 4k gaming in the future, I have no intention of leaving the world of 1080p any time soon. Maybe when we upgrade next, but not now. The price for the card was right and the performance was right where I wanted it. So far the card performs superbly. Runs very quiet (the whole machine is quiet, in fact) and the NZXT S340 case has amazing airflow, so none of my temps have been high.
Overall, I'm happy.
(By the way, the idle/load temperatures that I listed seem a bit low to me. I'm using Speccy to monitor temperatures, but I think they may be off by 5-10 degrees. Any suggestions on better programs to use to monitor my system temperatures?)
The only issues are getting the power supply and hard drive in the bottom compartment. Definitely want to install the hard drive first, as it will need to be screwed in from both sides if installed in the hard drive bracket.
Definitely have to fiddle with the colors and brightness when you first start it up, but otherwise I have no complaints.
I'm officially in love with this keyboard. Just saying. Typing on this makes for a fantastic typing experience and the backlighting makes night time use less of a headache.