This was my first build, and thankfully it was almost entirely problem-free. The only issue I had was with a broken HDMI cable (which was previously working) leading me to think my board wasn't posting - silly me. Several calls to the supplier later and a tear-down and rebuild, and finally it was figured out... And I was embarrassed.
It took many hours of research and deliberation for me to settle on the parts. I chose my parts based on best bang for buck being a poor uni student. My intention for the computer was for it to be adequate to play recent games easily, while also being capable of more CPU intensive tasks such as 3D CAD work and engineering computations for my studies. Most importantly, it must be be reliable enough to use as my daily computer and Facebook timewaster. It has fullfilled all criteria better than expected.
I didn't originally intend on overclocking the CPU, as I expected 4Ghz would be more than enough (which to be fair it is) but Asus' built-in overclocking tool was too simple (and tempting), so I setup a 10% overclock which has proven reliable even under an intense stress test on a warm day. I put this down to the watercooler doing its thing. I know the auto overclocker is not ideal but I'm not yet confident in setting up a manual overclock. It's something I'll play with in the future.
This computer should last me a while as I can't see myself requiring anything more powerful in the near future, however I do look forward to my next bigger and better build!
Let me know what you would do differently or any recommendations for my next build.
Edit 13th June 2016: Successfully hackintoshed my build with almost everything working as it would on a Mac except for Messages and App Store. Dual booting alongside Windows 10. Why? Because why not? So for anyone thinking of hackintoshing, I can confirm my hardware is capable, however it takes a lot of time messing around to get it working right!
Edit 14th June 2016: Messages and App Store now working with an easy fix. Also my wifi card arrived today and worked natively as soon as I booted into El Capitan, but I had to download drivers for windows. How ironic. Also discovered my USB3.0 headers are not functional, so will have to try to fix that at some point (they work in WIndows).
Very happy with my purchase of this. Easily overclocked to +10%. Very powerful, eats everything I throw at it.
Works at keeping my mildly overclocked i7-6700k nice and cool even under loads. The adjustable colours on the pump are a nice touch. The CAM software makes fan control and colours easily tuneable.
This MB has been super reliable, even when I downgraded BIOS to an old version to allow me to hackintosh my build. Never had an issue with it, would recommend this as one of the best MBs for this price bracket.
Good reliable RAM, much cheaper than when I bought it though! I would probably recommend going faster ram since prices are coming down. But still does its job perfectly! Doesn't seem to hinder my system in any way.
Super fast SSD, waiting to find a discount to buy another one or two of these for my laptop and to reinstall my hackintosh install on a SSD rather than an old HDD.
As expected, does its job well. Reliable and cheap, and good for storage of movies, games or backups.
More powerful than I had expected, really good card but obviously not the best. More than enough for what I need, and I doubt I'll need an upgrade anytime soon! It would have benefited from a backing plate, as the card itself is a bit flimsy. Its not too bad once installed, just needs a gentle touch. Hasn't impacted its performance.
Nice looking case, generally well built. My only issue is with the power button which feels quite cheap - it wiggles side to side in its hole, but I've started not to notice it now. Otherwise top quality case, especially for the price! Also to anyone buying this and planning to use the Kraken X61, it fits but is really tight and you need to be careful when installing the kraken to not damage the case's USB header/audio jacks/power button which sit directly above where the kraken fits. I would still recommend.
This PSU has been very reliable, powerful enough for my build. The modular setup is very handy for cable management. It would have been a mess of cables if I didn't have a modular PSU! Would recommend.
Wireless Network Adapter
This was a later addition to my build, so far seems good - although it did randomly drop out once in Windows 10 not long after install but hasn't happened recently.
Funnily enough, it worked natively in my El Capitan hackintosh install, however it needed me to download the drivers from manufacturer website in Windows 10. Quite ironic. Regardless, it has better wifi reception than my Macbook Pro. Would recommend.