( old version of build for more pictures - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/XKrH99 )
This was my first ever build and i did it for my senior project. I built it towards the end of december and now its been about 6 months and i've made various changes to the build. Ive also added in all the components to my setup even though they are things ive had before i built the computer like my speakers, headset and so on.
CPU - still at 3.5 ghz. considering overclocking it, but since the mobo doesn't have any vrm heatsinks I could only do relatively minor OC. Other than that it performs great, only time it gets close to full load is video rendering.
Cpu Cooler - very quiet, performs very well, i've seen my cpu hit 13c-19c while idle
MotherBoard - Inexpensive, fit my color scheme, had what i needed and better yet, Asus. Though i wish it had a USB 3.0 header and vrm heatsinks.
Memory - went with ares since it was more low profile than most which i needed with this cooler and it fit the color scheme. got it at a fair price. though i did order the 1600 version, i was shipped the 1866. not going to complain here. the most i've seen used of the 8gb is 5-6gb while playing planetside 2 maxed out and recording gameplay.
Storage - The SSD performs perfectly, getting 6-9 second boot times with it. the red drive is slower but fine for most programs. it runs very cool and quite though. I also added a 320gb scorpio black from an old laptop for long loading games like battlefield skyrim, and planetside 2. i also removed all the extra bay slots for better airflow
Video Card - perfect for me, runs cool and quiet, for an older gpu i haven't found a game i can't max out other that Antialiasing and still get good fps.
Wifi Adapter - Cheap and what i needed, great signal since im too far away to use an Ethernet cable in my house with our it being ridiculous.
Case - absolutely love it still. though i do plan to buy the windowed side panel from nzxt soon as an upgrade.
power supply - I head good things about Seasonic and it was modular. what more could i want. though the 4pin power cable is way too short as you can see in the pictures.
optical drive - simple, nothing special. i rarely use one so i didn't need much
OS - got windows 8.1 free from the university ill be attending in the fall. love it after i made a few tweaks to it.
nzxt hue- love it, still not a single regret, great way to add more style to a build for a cheap price.
speakers/headset - i love both of them, the speakers have great sound quality and the included subwoofer adds a ton of bass when needed to movies, games and my music. i use the head set at night to not disturb anyone. they're also great, noise cancelling and good quality, just want i want, they're also comfortable for extended periods of use.
keyboard - great keyboard, blue backlight, LED display built in for useful info and has quite a few apps, good typing experience, and 46 possible macro keys. works for me, though i do wish the backlit keys where brighter.
Other changes - i moved one side fan to the front spot to help make a better airflow and keep the HDD and SSd's even more cool. I bought a ton of zipties to go crazy on cable management, when i first built the computer i was in too much f a rush to care but its been bothering me so i went back and fixed it all so it looks good, i use the second smaller HDD cage as a cable storage area now as well.