I've built this desktop to replace my previous generic desktop as a dedicated gaming PC. I'm fairly satisfied with it, but I'm not going to buy another ASUS motherboard so soon. Their drivers cause BSOD on startup from time to time, and no matter what I do, I can never get it to save my power level settings. It used non-fixed power levels for the AOI, which causes issues with Corsair's water cooling.
On the the external bay I've put an ASUS ROG Front Base, It's just for looks, though it is functional. The optical drive was used only for initial installation, and I now use an external one when I need. It doesn't look like I can change the part list, so I can't "fix" these issues with it.
Easy to install, trouble-free and fairly silent. And, at this price, I'm never going back to fan coolers again. Don't be intimidated! This is no harder to install and use than any CPU Fan Cooler.
The motherboard itself is fairly decent, though the orientation of the connectors for things like USB make it really hard to connect things with the board mounted inside the case. I lost use of its USB 3.0 internal connector because of it.
That said, it has 3 stars because ASUS driver and software is awful and buggy.
Not worth it. It's the noisiest part of my computer, and doesn't really add much performance. I'd definitely go with a slower memory that doesn't require active cooling in the future.
This is a dream. Everything on it is so seamless, that whenever I have to use the pretty decent hard drives I have as backup storage, it is incredibly jarring.
It's a decent and good looking case, though I prefer the features on my older Corsair case. The fan support on top is really good for water cooling solutions, though, and the handle makes it easy to move this big case around.
I can't keep the acrylic cover on the side clean or clear, though. I'm happy enough that I'd buy Cooler Master again, though not this case, but I'd pay close attention to the competition, and I'd see if there's something with a material other than acrylic.
It's nice for the cables to be optionally attached -- don't buy a PSU without that feature! This is silent, and I have to pay it the ultimate compliment; I can easily forget it even exists.
Great monitor. The only two downsides: they dropped the NVidia 3D support, and there's no easy way of switching input.