I built two of these for a friend who was looking for some quality business PCs to last a really long time in a small business deployment without a dedicated IT consultant. They needed something that could take a beating and still run like bat out of hell with business tasks for as long as possible. This thing seems to fit the bill for about half of what you would get from Dell or Lenovo.
I admit, the processor and memory choices were a bit overboard. If it were my business, I would have saved a bit by buying a Pentium G4500 and only 8GB of memory. The application they run isn't heavy on the client resources, however, they tend to use some pretty big Excel files and the owner likes to run Chrome with about 30 tabs open at a time. I needed to ensure that these could take a resource beating where it would count. The M.2 SSD flies and boots in less than 20 seconds. The GSM (Gigabyte Stable Model) motherboard should last as longer than they expect with extended parts & driver support for whatever comes in Windows 10.1, 10.2 etc. Who knows where desktop will be in 4 years but, this should at least be able to last them past then for a pretty small investment. Hopefully Gigabyte's trackrecord for ULTRADURABLE SOLID CAPS marketing holds true.
For the build, one issue I had was with the Seasonic TFX 350 power supply. I knew this ahead of time but it isn't "modular" at all. Sure, the cables plug into it like a modular PSU would but ALL of the cables are bundled together--even both "plug" groups. Even worse, this made the bundles stick out further and more rigid. I was OK with this until he decided that they wanted to have an optical drive added in. Well, the ODD is literally as tight as it could be up against those cables. The drive cage almost doesn't swing down as it should. This alone would make me never want to go with this PSU ever again despite its price, efficiency rating and quietness. I was pretty annoyed by this... Also, I always thought it was silly when people have a tendency to complain about sharp edges inside cases but this cannot be understated for this case. Some spots are downright sharp and the first build when I wasn't being careful, I didn't notice for a bit but my hands came out with a total of 4 huge gashes and ended up getting blood all over. It's isn't a huge problem since I was much more careful on the second build and managed to complete it cut-free.
Other than that, everything else build-wise was phenomenal. M.2 socket SSDs are no-brainer now with price parity in line with 2.5". That left extra room in the case to add a data drive down the road should that need change. I could have also gone ITX with a different board but this case was just what they wanted. Size wise, it is fantastic. The quality is great and dispite it being marketed to HTPC builders, this gave a real professional look to the package, especially with the Intel i5 stickers on the front and the guide for a Windows 10 CoA punched along the rear side just like Dell does. It is a fantastic desktop or HTPC case for anyone who will never need a full-height PCIe card.
After shipping and tax, it came to $1350 for both (or $675 each)--well under their $1500 budget before my consulting fee. I can't see any places for improvement other than getting a Dell or Lenovo with a generally pretty useless 3 year warranty since they can't handle the kind of downtime associated with shipping for service. I could get a replacement part next day (or even price-match at Best Buy) and get them back up and running should something fail.
They seem happy and I love how the build turned out.