After 5 years of struggling with a gaming laptop I finally decided to upgrade. It certainly was an interesting experience building a new PC all these years after my first PC (Pentium E2160 and 9600GT).
Superb CPU for the money and with a great included HSF. Runs cool and quiet at stock with boosts up to around 3.85GHz all cores. Easily overclocked to 4GHz all cores with 1.3v. The best bang-for-buck CPU currently.
Great board for the price. Only missing features are offset voltage control and better fan control with profiles.
Decent, cheap DDR4 RAM. Runs fine with XMP Profile 2 selected (2933MHz). Managed a small overclock to 3066MHz with 1.4v, I was hoping for a little more overclockability as I couldn't get it stable at 3200MHz or 3166MHz. 3166MHz would boot but Memtest would show errors so it might be possible to get 3166 stable with some tweaks.
Decent SSD for cheap. Not the fastest but very cheap for 240GB of storage and Windows/Games load super quick.
Super cheap and pretty quick storage, never had a problem with excessive noise.
Great card, runs quiet and cool even with my limited airflow build. Great frame rates too.
Lovely budget case. Tempered glass, RGB, cable management, USB3 front ports, dust filters on all intakes, psu shroud... The list goes on. Really sets the benchmark for budget cases I think.
Well priced modular power supply. Have replaced this with a 650w power supply for more overclocking headroom.
Wireless Network Adapter
Great WiFi card, manages to max out my Internet connection from a few rooms away through some walls. Only issue I had was constant disconnects and reconnects after installing the Asus software for the card. Uninstalling this and just installing the drivers only fixed this issue and it has been great since.