This is my first gaming rig, well, basically, ever. And I love it.
Benchmark results: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/623998
My main goals were, that it should be
- Silent on idle
- Quiet under load
- Open for future advancements
- Capable of playing current games at or near ultra settings with at 2560 x 1440 p
- Capable of playing a fully modded Skyrim at 1440p&60FPS
I failed in the last step, I have around 55fps with a moderately modded Skyrim (moderately as in I don't use 2K textures for things in the distance), but it does everything else brilliantly.
I keep it inside my desk, and the idle temperatures are still great. It is true that it is a specially made desk with fully open back and ventilation channels on the bottom. Under load I can pull Monolith out (it has its own drawer), and I can see a 10-15°C difference between being in a wooden box and in the free, but there's no surprise in that. (Temperatures are in open, "gaming" mode.)
Drawbacks: As the case weights 11kg, the PSU 3.5 kgs, it's not a build you will take with you for a walk.
Update: I upgraded with a 250GB Samsung 850 Evo M.2 for my gaming drive and a WD Red Pro @ 3TB for my background storage. I'll eventually phase out my Seagate as the OCZ-WD-Samsung Trio is more than enough.
Update: now I have a System SSD: the 850, a gaming SSD, the 860, and two background storage WD Reds.
When it comes to cost/value, the good old 212 EVO is unbeatable
1600 MHz, low profile, a CL of 8. And at a nice price. Need I say more?
Buying two of them is an overkill. Don't do it, unless you know why you need them.
After hours, days, weeks of checking reviews, benchmarks of the different 970 and 980 cards, I went with this one. And it was a great choice. Silent, fast, cold. All you need from a card.
Simplistic, elegant design, all around awesome case with great growth potential inside. I use classic air cooling at the moment, but I might upgrade to water-cooling as the case is begging for it. Thanks to it size and configurations, airflow is great, noise is nigh nothing (the only thing I ever hear is my optical drive checking out itself). If you prefer shiny illuminated extravagant rigs, this might not be the best choice. However should you want a polite beast, with excellent cable management, go for it!
Oh, and on an important side note: the case is heavy. 11 kg on its own. It's not for travelling types.
All around brilliant. Helps cable management being fully modular. Helps silence with the passive operation at low loads. Brilliant performance. The corsair link software needs further improvements, but it is useful as it is. It's 3.3 kgs, together with my Fractal Design Define R5, that means the build is around 15 kgs.
Does it's job. Bit loud while booting up.
If you want to buy a 27' IPS screen, and you have the power to run games in 1440p, this screen is a great choice. For graphical works, it is also brilliant. However, if you can wait a year or so (I guess early 2016), I think you'll be able to get 27' IPS 144p screens with g-sync at a similar price.