Much needed upgrade from a Core 2 Duo, using it for gaming and some light video and audio editing. Loved building in the Define C case. I used to work for a local PC store and have had my share of experiencing building and fixing over the years. This build is so quiet, it is remarkable to me each time I use it. The audio is much cleaner even though I am using my old headset through the same USB sound card I was before. There used to be some noticeable white noise behind the audio, but that is now gone. So far I love everything about this build, I hope it lasts as long as my previous workhorse.
Bought mine from Monoprice's eBay site for a nice discount, so far so good. I have not had time to really sit down and do some in depth overclocking, but it went to 4.7 GHz with a simple multiplier increase. If I have a hard time getting to 5 GHz, I may consider delidding and replacing the stock TIM.
I bought this cooler primarily for aesthetic purposes, and maybe other than the newer Kraken models, I think this is the best looking CLC available. There is almost no noise at idle, and the stock fans are tolerable even at full RPM. Mounting is very intuitive and easy; my only complaint, and the reason I took off a star, is that it is not possible to front mount with the hoses at the bottom of the radiator without seriously twisting the hoses and risk kinking them. I have heard that orientation is easier on the pump and quieter as air will not be sucked through the loop.
I really like the looks of this board, minus the kinda cheesy writing on the top of the IO ports, but my rear case fan mostly covers that from view. It is a good mid-range Z270 option and I do not really miss the bells and whistles of the high end motherboards. I do hate the red LED that is present under the PCI-E port and have not figured out a non-warranty voiding way to turn it off. The UEFI is a bit clunky, but I am more used to old school BIOS settings and that may just be me. Overall it seems solid and I never felt like I was going to break a port while installing everything.
I did not really intend to get the LED version, but it was the cheapest option for DDR4 3200 at the time. Memory recognized and clocked correctly right off the bat and, well, it's RAM so....
My first SSD and it really is a revelation compared to HDD performance. I am nervous about the inevitable failure due to the nature of the technology, but it seems things have been getting more durable recently.
Waited for the 1080 Ti cards to come out before pulling the trigger so I could get a little discount. Probably over kill for what I do, but it is nice to have some future proofing. Probably the best price to performance 1070 card and very neutral color wise so it wont clash with other components. Some lament the missing backplate, but you can always buy or make an acrylic one if you really want.
My absolute favorite piece of my build! I initially balked at the idea of not having external drive bays, but the more I thought about how little I use discs these days and how much space those bays take up, the more I liked the idea of not having them. Might be the first time I did not cut myself on a sharp edge while building a PC, everything is rounded off and smooth. Very easy to route wiring while maintaining a small footprint. I enjoy the timeless minimalist design, and the case is surprisingly light for such a sturdy frame. Chose this over the Define S due to the PS shroud. Only thing I would add is a front USB C-type connector.
Solid, good-looking and so far reliable. The packaging really makes it feel special when you unbox the unit, even coming with an EVGA branded pouch for unused cables. Speaking of those cables, I really enjoy a fully modular power supply more than is probably logical. There is really no way you would ever remove the 24-pin or CPU power cables, but I don't care, I can if I wanted to!