Things have come a long way... RGB all up in it, simpler and better cooling options.
System is rock solid. CPU on OC Level 2, GPU at 1850/14800, RAM at 3733 16///36. My goal was to push it a bit, but not go down the rabbit hole of voltages, timing, cooling, etc. With some tweaking of temperature curves, it's pretty easy to get a dead quiet system under even decent load, and still stay pretty quiet under gaming loads. Doing Furmark's 6500MB benchmark and the CPU blaster at the same time will get the fans pretty close to max, but even then the GPU will hover steady at 2.05GHz and the CPU at ~4.2GHz.
The case is very well laid out, and I love the elegant minimalism.
The $0 items were things I already had on hand. I haven't needed the extra storage of the SATA drive yet, and I upgraded an old OEM Windows 7 license to Windows 10. I already had a Logitech G502 mouse and Apple keyboard, but looking for something like the Razer Huntsman TE or GMMK.
I use it only for gaming, and some SDR.
For comparison, this was my 2007 build:
- Asus P5N32-E SLI
- Intel QX9650 (3GHz, 12MB, 1333MHz) [was DOA and had to RMA with NewEgg]
- This crazy CPU cooler
- 4x1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800
- BFG GeForce 8800 Ultra (128 Cuda cores!!1 630MHz!)
- BFG 1,000W power supply
- Some huge Thermaltake tower case with a solid aluminum front door and a side window with small fan. Which ironically had bad cooling even with ~7 fans. :-P
- Quake Wars for free (for what that was worth...)