Used mostly for gaming and internet stuff. Had an old i7 920 build with a gtx 285, so figured it was time to upgrade after 7 years.
If you have any questions, comments, hints, etc. please let me know! I'd love to have some tips on how I can better manage the cables, fan placement, etc.
I haven't had much time to play around with it. Shadows of Mordor hardly uses any CPU power for a real test, so it hovers around 55C during gameplay (1920x1200, ultra, etc). Using Prime 95, it gets around 72C after about 5 minutes of load.
I'm surprised how well this not only fits my current build, but how well this transferred over to this new i5. I had to play around with the motherboard mount (not difficult) to get it to mount to the chipset, but it was hardly an issue. I'll be able to give it a better review once I run something that actually pushes the CPU a bit more.
Great looking motherboard. Wish the 24 pin connector was a bit higher to night up better with the cable slot. Also, it would be nice if the motherboard was about 1/2 a cm wider (or right case mounts 1/2 further inward). The mounting slots are toward the far left edge and the center or the board. However, the board ends up being flimsy on the far right side of the board, so connecting the USB3 cable and 24 pin PS cable felt sketchy. Other than that, ideal board for me. I'm just getting into overclocking and etc., so it has the 1-button 'Game Boost' that takes my 6600k to 4.1, but it also has the ability to manually adjust the multiplier and etc. I'll play with that a bit later.
Got the card on sale and regret nothing. At my resolution (1920x1200), it works and runs everything beautifully. I'll upgrade to something excessive when I get a high resolution ultrawide or something. Other than that, 75C during gameplay with full settings. 90+ fps on Shadows of Mordor.
I now know why so many people buy this case. I was hesitant, at first, because of the price and the size. I regret nothing. Every penny feels justified, just make sure to order the Phanteks LED strips with the case when you pick it up. The fans are superb (but plain) as it's graveyard quiet.
Cables are stiff. It was a bit of a pain to route. I think I'm going to get some white cablemod cables very soon. The cables themselves are a bit excessive with the added extensions as well (for a simple build like mine). Each SATA power cable has about 3 SATA slots. Also (more problematically), the 6 pin PCI-E cable has another attachment for larger graphics cards. However, it gets in the way, so I actually have it sticking out of that slot on the bottom of the case on a regular bases to prevent it from pulling the graphics card down.