I acquired parts for this build over the course of the summer, mainly via craigslist. The parts that I bought new include both SSDs, all the fans, and the case. All parts work perfectly. I use this machine for software development, gaming, and homework. I was originally planning a build with the i5-4690k and GTX 970, but then I discovered the wonderful world of Craigslist. I bought the CPU, MoBo, RAM, and PSU from the same person for $360, this opened up room in my budget to get a $400 used GTX 980.
I started planning this build when Fallout 4 was announced as I am a huge Fallout fan and wanted the ability to play the game when it was released.
Here is a link to my Firestrike extreme score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6115283
If you have any questions, or want other pictures, please comment :)
EDIT: added more photos, mainly those with the side panel of and the LEDs off.
EDIT 2: Just added 2 1 Tb hard drives in RAID 0, also added my peripherals
EDIT 3: added my OC for my GTX 980, 110 MHz on the core and 438 on the memory, not too shabby.
EDIT 4: added an NVMe SSD, 3 TB Hard drive to replace my 2 1 TB drives, a 360 mm cooler, a water cooling bracket for my GPU, and a GTX 1070, which is OCed to 2050 MHz on the core and 8300 MHz on the memory
Awesome CPU. I never have to worry about my computer becoming unresponsive due to CPU load :P From what I gathered, I have a pretty baller chip, it is running very stable at 4.8 GHz with 1.281 V
Not the best cooler out there, but I bought it used on craigslist for decently cheap. Even under load, my CPU stays cool, but I would have preferred a dual fan rad for even better cooling. Oh well, I plan to be building a custom loop in a few years.
Basically the standard for thermal compound. Dropped my temps by a few degrees compared to the stock corsair compound.
Brilliant motherboard, looks beautiful with the thermal armor and the backplate. USB 3.1 is a nice touch, even if it isn't really widely used yet. Their are 2 USB 3.0 front header ports, but neither one works comfortably with my case, which is annoying.
It's RAM. The green PCB is pretty ugly compared to the rest of my components (the guy I bought it from removed the heatsinks to be able to fit his massive Noctua air cooler).
Not the fastest SSD out there, but definitely the cheapest. I already had my 850 evo and was shopping around for secondary storage when there was a Newegg shell shocker on this SSD. I keep my steam library on this drive.
Gold standard for SATA 3 SSDs in terms of price and performance. Keep my most used programs and OS on this drive
Awesome case. I have heard that people had issues with LEDs on it, but mine work perfectly. the side panel is a little dark, but an $8 LED strip off of Newegg mounted in the top fixes that. There is plenty of room for cable management. I really like the PSU cover (even if it makes it hard to plug in cables) and the SSD mounts on top of it. My biggest issue isn't necessarily with the case, but my motherboard has 2 USB 3.0 headers, neither of which works well with this case. This case has plenty of room for radiators for when I build a custom loop in the future. the drive cage area is also very open when you remove the drive sleds since there are no rails for the sleds, so that should have room for a radiator and pump.
Another slight issue is that it is impossible (AFAIK) to get positive air pressure while filling all of the fan slots.
Docked a star for having a fan hub instead of a fan controller, I will either get a fan controller, or add a potentiometer to the fan hub.
EDIT: I recently got 2 1 TB hardrives and discovered that a radiator mounted in the front can potentially interfere with the mounting of the hard disks and that a lot of the cable management room is taken up when the hard drives are in place.
Top tier PSU, 80+ gold, fully modular, quiet. It is surprisingly small.
Very fast OS, a few issues with older games, specifically Rome: Total War and Fallout 3, although a few hours searching on the internet fixed that.
EDIT: Ok, now I am having issues with Fallout NV, which I have not resolved
Bright LEDs, the rubber rivets are odd and the fan comes with no instructions on how to install them, so that took a bit of research.
PCPP doesn't say this, but this is a 2 pack. I have them set up in push-pull on my H90's radiator.