Having had a pre-built Dell for the last few years, I decided to get back to building my own, inspired partly by this wonderful site.
I don't do much gaming, but I do a bit of 3D modelling and rendering, and I wanted something that wasn't going to drive me mad by its lagging.
I also wanted it to be as quiet as possible when not doing much. Still working on that, but it's much better than the Dell.
I'm sure people will tell me that 32Gb is overkill, and indeed, I haven't got close to using it all, but it's very nice to see all four slots filled!
Having built with a Gigabyte motherboard, I found that there were serious problems, and having returned it, I decided I liked the sound of the Maximus VII Gene. I haven't regretted that decision. I also traded the video card for a different make, but there was nothing behind that beyond availability and price. I have a hunch all the NVidia cards come off the same factory line and just get different badges. They certainly look it. Anyway, that's why the pics don't quite match the final set up.
UPDATE: Replaced the stock Corsair fans and the single Bitfenix case fan with Orange/RED Cougar fans, and it's waaaay quieter.
My one gripe is the power switch, which may just be my model. There's no room for routing cables out of sight, which is why the build has so many on display, but that bothers me less. A nice compact case, with little space wasted.
So far, it's a huge improvement on W8.1...
Wireless Network Adapter
Having just installed a new dual band router, I got this thing, and couldn't believe how fast it made my download speeds. Quite awesome.
The ones I have are actually orange. They come with little rubber grommet things as an option for the screws, supposedly to reduce noise further, but these things are remarkably quiet, even at high speeds. The rubber feet are impossible to get in anyway, and I was quite happy to use my existing screws.
Lovely piece of kit. Very large though... It will auto rotate if you swivel it around, and has a four button flying console that you can use to change the colour prefs and enter the menu. Only trouble is, it makes the 1080p Hanspree look rubbish in comparison.