This build was a culmination of 2 years of planning, lurking, theorycrafting, and lusting. As a father of a 2 year old and a husband to a wife with MS, finding the funds to put together a custom computer instead of paying your custom medical bills was a pipe dream. Thanks to my wife's support and a new promotion at work, I finally made it happen! To anyone else who thinks its unfair that the "pcmasterrace" and "personal finance" subreddits sit next to each other on their frontpage...this one is for you.
NOTE: This computer is overkill for me, but I tend to ride my technology into the obsolescence horizon, so LETS DO THIS
This was such a breeze for a first time builder. Its GORGEOUS, everything is labeled on the PCB or underneath the pins so there was little confusion when building, and it has all the bells and whistles I could ever need.
10 second boot time from power button to login. I found this very affordable for the boot drive and some choice games. There were no additional drivers, so this was really plug and play.
I'm still shaking that i spent 400 on a GPU. I mean, as a first time builder switching from Mac, I don't have a lot to compare this to. I've maxed my setting in both WoW and LoL and everything is gravy. So thiccccccc it sags a little.
This was easily the best purchase of my build. All the conveniences of grommets, labeled cables, pre-cable managed, AND it sooooooo sexy. The magnetic led strip was icing on the cake for me.
Quality experience start to finish. From the packaging to actually installing it, this is worth the stars.