Built February 2015, added 8GB of RAM and NZXT Kraken X61 in September 2016, MOBO replaced October 2016
1080p gaming all genres. 60+ FPS on highest settings for all games.
Do not buy this PSU for a similar config. The fan screams like a banshee at moderate gaming loads. I cut a hole in the back and attached a 82mm fan to assist cooling, and now it stays quiet during 90% CPU and GPU load (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online).
Love the case, and there is a revision on the market with much nicer PSU dust filter (my only complaint).
CPU is plenty for what I'm doing, ran the stock cooler for over a year until it sounded like it was throttling around oddly, and possibly dying.
NZXT Kraken X61 made such a huge improvement to CPU, GPU, and overall system temps. At idle, the CPU consistently reports temps way below ambient (not even possible). At full load I see 20-25 degrees C at the CPU, and liquid temperature never goes beyond 35 degrees C. GPU temp rarely passes 61 degrees C (fans kick on at 60 degrees).
SSD failed after about a year. OCZ (yes, it's an AMD branded OCZ drive) promptly replaced it, no hassle at all, and the new one came with a SATA to USB cable. Very nice support and a great little additional item.
RAM has super bright LED's on the top and bottom of the sticks.. nuff said.
Update 10/20/2016 SATA controller on the MSi 970 Gaming motherboard slowly died, causing almost a month of headaches before giving out completely. MSi customer service was super fast in issuing a RMA. Didn't want to be down any longer so I picked up the ASUS 970 Pro Gaming Aura on Amazon (same day shipping ftw!)and installed it last night. Machine and OS booted right up, Aura lighting looks awesome, BIOS is super easy to use. Updated photos.
Update 2/22/2017 Had some cheap RGB LED strip laying around so I chopped and soldered and threw it in my case with a wireless controller. Added a photo.
Update 5/30/2018 Plenty of changes...
Power supply changed to: Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W 80+ Bronze
LEDs changed to: EZDIY TN-01
Old storage HDD failed, replaced with: WD Blue 1TB HDD
Overclocked CPU to 4.5GHz (set to 1.4 volts, runs about 1.45 volts max, temps around 45 C at full load)
Was hearing a lot of water/air rush from radiator on power on, flipped radiator to keep air pocket away from tubes and out of pump.