Before this, I used a $600 pre-built (with probably $300 worth of parts, being optimistic) to spending nearly 3k on my first build in total.
Originally, I was planning on spending maybe 1.5k at best... then everything got WAY out of control.
Using it for primarily gaming, media, and programming.
Got maybe half of them at a stellar price during various sales since October (very rough estimate).
Got lazy towards the end, have to make the front neater.
Still awaiting the final piece, the monitor to come in. Saw it on sale briefly on Newegg by coincidence and jumped at it as I saw that other monitors that I was looking at (ROG Swift PG279Q, Acer Predator X34) were out of stock pretty much everywhere (or $300+ above MSRP), as well as many complaints about poor QC on both. I got the XB271HU because for the most part, the complaints were not as bad as the other two.
Originally was going to go the Skylake route, but found an extremely good deal on my motherboard and my CPU, so decided not to in the end.
I don't regret it one bit. Have to OC this soon to see some even better results.
Keeps temps around 30-35c idle. Looks great and performs just as well.
Bit overpriced. Could've got something like a Corsair H110i GT(X) for a little cheaper and similar performance but from my experience, the CAM software is more useful than Corsair Link when I played with it on a friend's computer.
Great motherboard. Pretty easy to work with. Got it on a Black Friday sale. For the price, it's amazing, no complaints so far.
Pretty solid all around. Not much to say, gets the job done is all.
Going from an HDD to an SSD has been mind blowing. Insanely fast...
Can't tell too much difference from a regular Seagate ST1000DM003 or WD Blue, but decided "why not" at this price.
Just arrived on New Year's Eve. Through Fire Strike tests, I have never seen it exceed 70c. Idles around 30-35c. Temps are great. Scored around 16.4k so far, have to find some time to finetune the OC as I was just messing around at first.
Only complaints are that the tubing is a bit stiff. Made it difficult to attach the fan somewhere as it is difficult to bend. Also, the OC Guru software is kind of poorly designed, so you're better off using something better like MSI AfterBurner/EVGA PrecisionX
Easy to work with, spacious, looks fantastic. My terrible camera doesn't do the LEDs justice. The first picture is actually more of a white color than blue.
Bit overkill for a single-card set up (for now) but I got a great deal on it online, so jumped on it as it'll serve me for a long time.
Went from a Microsoft Optical mouse to this. Can't say too much about it. Feels great, and the buttons are nicely placed.
Just wish the LED was RGB, then it would be perfect.
Sounds okay, not bad, not amazing. Decent budget speakers. More than sufficient to just fill up a single bedroom.