I was in desperate need of a new rig. I originally built this list of parts so that I could purchase one piece from every paycheck, because nothing was over $200. I ended up going bigger for the GPU though, and I have no regrets.
The case I used was a Sharkoon VG4-W (green). It was cheap - but seems to have good airflow and the colors are just right. Everything fit (a little tight in some spots), but the cable management was a bit tricky in this case and I ended up taking a shortcut or two. There is a "filter" under the PSU, but it's really just a flimsy mesh sheet. Still not too bad for the price.
Hardware installed smoothly - no issues. The power supply is overkill even if I double my RAM and SLI the 1070 - but it was a homie hookup from my bro so I got it cheaper. This is my first time using an M.2 SSD, and I love the damn thing. If I ever grab another, I'll likely run em RAID 0, but for now, the boot and load times are still super quick.
The lights on the motherboard are subtle, and blocked in some spots by the GPU and a case fan. I still think they look good though.
I decided early on that I wasn't going to overclock this rig, which saved me a bit of money on the CPU (since I'm using the stock fan). I definitely wanted to take advantage of a Kaby Lake chip to go with the Z270 board, so the i5 7500 was a solid choice at the perfect price.
Thanks for checking it out, and let me know what you think.
TL;DR - Solid chip, great price.
Pros: Decent temps with stock cooler, good price, solid performance.
Cons: More powerful options available
Is it the best processor available? No, not even in the i5 line - but this lil guy runs everything I throw at it and doesn't heat up with the stock cooler. This chip is more of a placeholder for me - I wanted to invest in other parts of my build while still getting a Kaby Lake chip, so running the 7500 without overclocking worked like a charm - and I still have the ability to upgrade to a K-series and a better cooler when I feel like making the investment.