I wanted to build a general purpose PC that will last me for a good while. I have not built one in over a decade. Reason for the build is because I needed a computer that was capable of rendering my gopro videos. The only thing left for me is to get a decent monitor and a house. I'm using my my 47" LG TV in my living room for my monitor. LOL. I bought mostly everything at Micro Center, except for the PSU, CPU, and Graphics. I'm looking for filters and screens to cover up all the fan vent holes so if you have any suggestions, let me know! I wasn't expecting the graphics card color to match the mobo which worked out well.
Runs quiet and boots up relatively fast. I have not overclocked it as I do not see the need to at the moment. I don't have time to game but if I did, it would probably be Starcraft 2. I loved playing Starcraft back in the days.
I picked this up for $180 off of Craigslist brand new.
Easy to install. No additional tools needed but a Philips could come handy if you want to snug things up. A puller fan can be added but it is really not necessary.
I wished the heatsinks were solidly secured. They're held in place with push-pins which are kind of flimsy. Also the motherboard extends further a few inches from the motherboard stand-offs so the board flexes a good amount when pushing in the front USB3 panel header. I'm only a couple of days into use so I cannot comment further. I'm new to UEFI Bios as well.
I picked up off Ebay for $180. The card is pretty beefy and sags a little. I have not put it through the paces yet.
Pros: Roomy I got it for $60. You can probably find better cases but I found this roomy for my needs.
Cons: Short audio header cable Short front panel indicator header fan switch: ugly green PCB, bad location, ugly short wiring case fans: 3 pin and will require a molex connector to power them. Wished they were 4 pins so the motherboard could control them. No quick release trays for drive bays--screwing them in would reduce vibrations, I suppose. Removing front case panel requires you to remove your CD drives if you need to clean the vents, filter, or replace/add a fan. Rear motherboard SSD mounts are great if you don't ever plan on removing your SSD after initial install. Otherwise, you will need to remove your motherboard to access the screws securing them. No filters or covers for unused fan vents.
I have the G2 model and this was picked off of Ebay for $100. I recall seeing a review here that these were better than the Corsair lower models so scooped it up. Loving it so far.
Typical OE quality and loud spin-ups. Should last forever since it wouldn't get used much.
Honestly it's pretty easy to use so far and that's coming straight from Windows XP.
For the price it's not bad. I could of went up a higher model but did not see the cost to benefit ratio better. Mouse is kind of small (big hands) and keyboard doesn't have the longer palm restpad (not essential).