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The purpose of this was for gaming. For years I have only had laptops which could only run on the lowest of settings and still not very well. The name came from the gigantic CPU cooler which is essentially a big brick of metal that was not needed. A wonderful Christmas gift to my self:)
CPU: Should have gone with a 4790k but oh well. I have not hit a wall where my CPU has bottle necked me yet.
CPU Cooler: My biggest but most fun regret of the whole build. Since my CPU is not overclock able I could have even gotten away with the stock fan instead of spending $90, but my CPU never goes above 40°C so I got that going for me. It is also where the name came from.
Motherboard: Could have saved a bit on a different mobo but this thing is great. Later on if I so desire it can easily be upgraded on.
Memory: Kinda hard to go wrong with memory.
Storage: I thought about some SSDs but decided on mechanical. I do plan on adding a SSD in the future.
GPU: How could you deny a 980?
Case: Amazing case. Only thing that could be improved on is a tad bit more room on the cable management side. Other than that it would be hard to beat. I am also 98% sure HAF stands for Heavy As ****...
That One Stupid Fan: I hate that 200mm fan. The housing was to big for the case so in the end I wedged it into the top to the point where screws are not necessary. Just the sight of it makes me anger (yes anger).
PSU: It was on sale at the time so I just went all out.
Other Stuff: The Mouse, Keyboard, and Headset were gifted to me. The mouse and keyboard are great. The headset on the other hand is not the most comfortable thing but it gets me by till I finally decide to order a new one.
Overall I am happy with the build. Going from unstable lowest of the low settings to smooth ultra settings has been a great journey. 10/10 would recommend again.
-Now Don't Forget- I like to squirt and eat dirt :D
Some parts have been changed from the original build. Not gonna update this list
If you plan on going with two or more GPUs then this thing is amazing. Not only is it a beautiful board but the orientation of the various connectors are great. If you don't plan on using sli or crossfire then don't get it. Save ~$100 on a board more suited to what you need. Glorious board!
Can be a bit noisy
Glorious card. Unless you are using a GPU intensive game/program it is either completely silent or extremely quiet. Occasional coil whine but never very loud. A buddy has the same card and he has never had any coil whine. (Yes I am sure it is the GPU and not something else)
Amazing case. Only thing that could be improved on is a tad bit more room on the cable management side. Other than that it would be hard to beat. I am also 98% sure HAF stands for Heavy As ****...
Quiet fan with good airflow.
The housing does not work for all 200mm fan 'capable' spots in some cases. Airflow is nearly exclusive to the very outside of the fan.
Absurd amount of airflow
If over 40% it becomes quite loud
Pretty bad back light bleed but other than that a decent panel.
Great budget headset with decent audio quality but the mic is lacking. The head pad is rather hard. After a year or so of use and several tugs on the wire I had to open it up and re solder the wire back on.