Long story short; this computer was initially an ebay purchase that a friend of mine made a couple of years ago. It came with a Biostar TA970 board, some sort of Gigabyte GPU (I'll find out which one eventually), and an AMD FX-6300 3.5 Ghz CPU. There were some other bits as well, but the wad of cable was the most notable feature of this creature. Although there was a back panel to store cable on this case, the original builder made no attempt to utilize it. I should also mention that the case is actually an NZXT Guardian 921. I believe it's the original version, but there are current models under a different name. I just used the Tempest as a price point reference. The first major upgrade this computer received was the GTX 980 ti. All went smooth during install until we realized that the power supply was insufficient. I replaced it with a Shark 1000W PSU, which will be mentioned later. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to rewire it in a proper manor so giant cable mess remained. I know, I know. This is terrible for ventilation, but that's all I could do at the time. Fast forward a few months and the CPU is starting to show weakness under the strain of The Witcher 3 on ultra settings and a 4k resolution. It's time to beef it up a bit. She ordered an i7 6700K combo from Newegg and it seemed more than adequate for this application. At this point the computer is in my house so I can finally dismantle this beast and rebuild it from the ground up. I stripped everything down to the case shell and found a few more unusual things that the original builder did along the way. After a good detail cleaning, all the new parts fit very nicely, albeit snuggly, back into their spots. The computer passed POST very quickly and installing Windows 10 was a breeze with the exception of a partition goof. After waiting for a kabillion years for the Nvidia driver downloads I played a few rounds of CS:GO on ultra. All was well until I heard a strange whining noise from the PSU. She said it would be fine as it had made that sound a few times before so I shipped it back to her. Surprise; the PSU failed a little while after booting up at her house. facepalm She sent it back and ordered the EVGA 1300W. That PSU is easy to install, thankfully, and now everything is good and the whole rig benched in the 93rd percentile on 3dmark. Woohoo. May it never sit on my desk again!
We all know what this is. Nothing needs to be said.
Yes. Absolutely yes. If you have the room in your case, this is the one for you. Fans can be a bit tricky to pop on and off, but this setup is quiet, efficient, and very cool.
Still good. Always has been.
No problems with this board. I just wasn't fond of all of the SATA ports being turned 90 degrees away from the board. It hides the connectors, but is hard to work with sometimes.
Pretty good for the price.
Even in light of the 1080 release, we all know that these are still competitive.
Easy install. Very quiet. Plenty of power for SLI configurations. Just be sure to account for the extended case of this one.