This is my second personal rig. My last one was a mid-range PC that a good friend of mine helped me put together. This time I wanted to go from start to finish myself. A good deal of the parts I bought during some kidn of sale or promotion, so the overall cost is lower than my $1500 budget. For a college student it's a bit high, but I work as a freelance graphic designer, and I needed something more powerful for applications like After Effects and Cinema 4D.
I worked on the parts list for a few months while I was still away at school. When classes ended, and I had a part time job I started buying all my parts. Newegg's daily emails saved me maybe $30 in sales and deals over the 2 months that it took to purchase everything. And a trip to MicroCenter in Cleveland, OH (I live in Vegas) got me the 6700K for a pretty good price.
The Air 240 is a beautiful case. I love it. It's the reason I did a mATX build in the first place. My only complaints are the side panels, which are rather flimsy, and the lack of space for fans with the H100i installed is rather disappointing. I knew this going in though so I can't be too upset.
My only issue in building was installing the H100i in the front, since the tubes aren't the most flexible ones available in terms of AIO coolers. Also a note: Don't plug the fans into the H100i. The pump starts making sounds for some reason. It seems to cause an issue. I read about it but I'm not entirely sure what the deal is. I plugged the fans into the mobo and I haven't had an audible issue.
Everything else was a breeze. Getting Windows installed on the NVMe SSD was effortless. I had heard about BIOS issues with the Gene and NVMe SSDs but everything showed up perfectly on the first boot and installed flawlessly. Cable management in the Air 240 is pretty easy with the dual chamber design. But if you're like me and really into management then I would say there really isn't much you can do with the nest of wires that collect behind the scenes.
If I could change one thing I'd want to have Samsung put the label for the 950 Pro on the other way. It really bothers me that it's upside down, even if you can't see it behind the GPU D:
EDIT: 8/31/16: I ordered and received 3 Noctua nf-f12 iPPC 3000rpm fans to replace the stock SP120 and the one AF120 fans that came with the case and cooler. They're dead silent. Unless I've got them ramped up to max. And they move so much more air. I'm so pleased.
Wonderful CPU. Zero problems with installation and function. My After Effects renders are much much faster compared to the FX 6300 processor I was using before. zero heat issues since I got my fan profiles set up right. Idling somewhere around 35 C.
Thanks MicroCenter for hooking me up with such a good deal. ;D
Overall a nice cooler. fits perfectly in the 240 (why wouldn't it?) and the included SP120 fans are good. Disappointing that the corsair link cable has its angle going to the left, rather than a straight or right angle cable. Also the pipes touch the window panel because of how stiff they are. The fan controller also causes a weird noise when the fans are plugged in. Not sure what that's about but I can't argue with the performance of the cooler while the fans are plugged into the motherboard so 4 stars it is.
Gorgeous motherboard. I love the aesthetic. Shame I can't really see all the LED's with the 1070 in the way. The fan headers are well placed (for me at least with only 3 fans for now). Some of the extra features like Keybot and AI Suite are pretty nice. I love it.
No complaints. RAM is RAM. It does what I need it to do and looks good doing it.
Blazing fast SSD. Love it. I haven't experienced any thermal issues with it sitting behind the GPU.
The elusive butterfly. I love the card. It's beautiful and handles everything I throw at it perfectly. No overclocking yet as I haven't seen the need to. White LEDs go with everything. Just wish it was in stock more frequently at the time so I could have built sooner. And preferably for a lower price.
For the most part this case is aesthetically wonderful. I love how it looks. Cooling options are limited though, and I wish it was a little bigger if only to make more room for more versatile cooling. The rubber grommets inside are also placed rather absurdly since a few are covered my mATX boards, which kind of defeats the purpose of this being an mATX case?
Also wish the power button would rotate like the Corsair logo. One of the few things keeping me from having it sit on its side.
Small, silent, delivers power to everything. Cannot recommend this enough. The cables that come with it are also very nice. Love it.