This is not the first computer we have built together. The first was in 2008 when my son was 9 years old. His upgrade in 2012 was an mid-range MSI laptop. He wanted to spend his graduation money on this system and the budget was $1200.
Most of these parts were purchased at JET.com using the TRIPLE30 code. My father-in-law created an account to double dip the savings. Overall saved $180.
Freesync monitor determined which video card to buy. He chose the Gigabyte to match the motherboard.
m.2 SSD is very fast and saved us cable clutter. Computer boots from off in 16 seconds. His laptop had 140GB of used space after 4 years. I figured 256GB would suffice for now.
Everything went together smoothly. The NH-L9i is the easiest cooler I've ever assembled and came with NT-H1 thermal compound.
Love the features on this board. Wifi works great and the LED's set to pulse make it look alive. If overclocking is not for you this is a great choice.
Few complaints. Plenty of room to work in and it can handle a large video card. Lots of venting with filters on the sides that pop right off for cleaning. Front panel USB cable is unnecessarily large.
Really like the picture and features for the price. Freesync does make a difference in fast moving games and was much cheaper compared to Nvidia options. Black levels are good and the OSD is easy to work with.