Great build. Absolutely loved it. Plenty of room and modularity saved me. Keeps all my parts running cool. :) Gonna be using this for coding, gaming, and college.
College setup. I improved cable management by a lot, removed the exhaust Thermaltake 140mm fan and replaced it with a Corsair mag lev 140mm PWM LED fan connected to the GPU. I highly recommend the mag lev fan. super quiet but powerful. Also added LED strips behind the monitor, and desk, with the RGB remote velcroed to the keyboard tray ceiling for ease of use. Had to drill a cable passthrough for the keyboard for better cable management. All in all, anyone who comes in the room for the first time is shocked at the PC.
Overclocked the 6700k to 4.5ghz. Overclocked the Strix to 2100MHz, mem clock to 5508MHz.
Temps: 6700k: while testing 4.6Mhz on the i7, I got to 68C, but it could not stay stabile enough, so 4.5 it was. The STRIX will not go above 71C, and that is not even with the fans going full, under benchmark load, ever.
I switched to an Evolv ATX TG, and have been slowly working on the PC, redoing it with custom cables, a small sound card, better lighting, and other improvements. Runs a bit hotter, but I love the Evolv case. Pictures are slightly outdated, The sound card, secondary monitor, and a CPU cable have since been installed. New pictures are at the back of the album, with the exception of the hero image. A secondary GPU fan has been added to the basement, to draw cool air from the basement into the video card intake. I later got a Corsair Sabre mouse, a Steelseries QCK after retiring my pre 2006 Razer mousepad (Its polished smooth, except where pitted) and some other small adjustments.
Great motherboard. Good amount of parts, black PCB, and great specs. Unless you are familiar with advanced BIOS/UEFI, plan on red LEDs in your build.
Fair warning, it only comes with 2 sata data 6gb/ sec cords. SLIing two 1080s might be a tight fit.
Simply incredible. The fans are relatively quiet, and temps will never get above 80C, and will usually stay around 64C unless you do a very odd fan curve. (80C was negligence on my part while adjusting the fan curve, this will never happen normally.)
I boosted mine to 2,138mhz, but had to bring it down to 2,100mhz for it to stay stabile. wonderful card. The LED software needs a bit of work if you are trying to get an exact color, but with patience you can do it. (yes, there is a real red, no, that melon orange it comes with is not its real red. You need to adjust the color wheel by about 4 pixels, lol)
->Make sure you have adequate case fans. This card heats up my room roughly 10F. keep airflow going and don't have anything blocking the intakes (wires, figurines, etc)
Great PSU. Looks good too, clean and nice. Super quiet, even under load, although the fan almost never turns on unless I am in BF1 or Tomb Raider. Even then, I can't hear it. Good venting and nice build quality. I probably should have gone with a 650W PSU since my PC doesn't even get close to 850W. First time builder's mistake! At any rate, you can't go wrong with this PSU.
It's a great little sound card. Gives 5.1 audio, plus controls for multichannel audio. Helpful if you want surround sound, or true 5.1 audio for games/movies.
Wireless Network Adapter
Highly recommended. PCIe with black PCB is a plus, and its speed and range are incredible. Its v4.2 Bluetooth is also freakishly powerful. My phone detected it 3 floors down.
Sleek and nice, with great functionality. Acer sometimes has QC issues, and I had to send mine out for repairs. However, once you get the monitor set up, the status LED on auto-off, and overclocked to 165 hz (this, as well as G-sync, are actually done in Windows),it is a great monitor.
Extremely comfortable and easy to use. Its a phenomenal keyboard, especially for those just jumping into mechanical keyboards.
Shocking sound performance at a jaw dropping value. This will ruin any sound system below a 5.1 sound system for you. :)
If you are new to 5.1 audio, the instructions are minimal for the correct plugins. Consult your motherboard manual on setting up 5.1 speakers, and there are also helpful guides on the internet for identifying what each color cable does when doing true 5.1 audio. Have a game that supports true 5.1 (Valve games like Garry's Mod and Left 4 Dead 2 work great; configure 5.1 audio under settings) to test and make sure it works.