12/7/2015: This is my first pc build and is mostly for gaming. I bought all the parts on 'Cyber Monday' and had a $1700 budget and think I did well to stay under but close to that budget with good to decent parts. I assembled the pc on the carpet for more room, but I put it on a desk after completion.
The build seemed fairly easy but the cable connections were a little tricky for me. I accidentally switched up the positive and negative at first, but works fine now. The manual was a little hard to follow with pictures only (with only Chinese writing), but online videos helped with that.
I have the Asus PG279Q monitor with little or no noticable backlight bleed and running games in 2560x1440 with 165 fps idle and 70-145fps (monitor and gpu/cpu not overclocked yet) under heavy load (though there are not too many graphic heavy games yet).
8/9/2019 My pc is still working strong with all the original parts and playing the newest games. However, the GPU usage is 99-100% (gpu bottleneck), so I could get a new gpu (and motherboard+cooler+...) or build a new one, or just overclock the gpu, which I didn't initially.
I successfully overclocked the gpu clock from default 1190 MHz (real frequency 1342MHz) to 1340 MHz (real frequency 1492 MHz), 50% fan speed.
Idle without the overclock the gpu was at 33*C.
Under load without the gpu overclock I was getting ~66*C, avg 95% usage, and ~75 FPS.
After the overclock and idle the gpu is at 35*C, 60% fan speed, 9.7%TDP, ~19W.
Under load after the overclock I am getting ~76 FPS (playing Three Kingdoms Total War at 3620x2036 resolution on ultra settings on a 2560x1440 Gsync monitor), ~67*C , and avg 96% gpu usage, 90%TDP. Seems to be the card/motherboard isn't too good at overclocking or I am doing it wrong and I might have to get a new gpu, etc.. Tested using MSI Afterburner and Kombustor and GPU-Z(for only 20 min so might not be too accurate).
Don't know if it's as good as water cooling or other air coolers but was cheap and does the job. Haven't had any problems but haven't overclocked yet.
Lots of features, most I don't think I need or use. Out of the box requires drivers, i.e Realtek, to be installed. I do not like the onboard audio so I am using a Sabrent USB Audio Stereo Sound Adapter until I can get a nice dac/amp and like it a lot better. Would have gone with Asus but this was cheaper.
Good looking ram, not having any problems.
Obviously pretty fast but I should have done more research before getting this product. It is a very good product but only 256GB just holds the OS, programs. I have other storage for the documents, music, games, etc.
I don't like red and wish there were more color options available; I also wish there was a backplate. I haven't tried overclocking yet. This was the cheapest 980 available at the time and works fine.
Nice and semi-silent fans. Wish there was more of a glow effect.
Very good value for a membrane keyboard AND a mouse and everything works as it should. Slightly annoying that the keys are mostly not visible in the dark unless the keyboard backlighting is turned on and/or using a lamp.
I don't use a mouse much when gaming, but for everything else its perfect. However, the keys once stopped responding and after taking apart the keyboard, I noticed that the metal bar was screwed on upside down and that the screw was stripped. Replacing the screw helped and the keyboard is working great again.