Went from a Phantom 410 with a Hero Vi and a 750 Ti to this and I love it.
Tips 200mm fan orientation is important because of the tabs on the fan it only fits in two orientations You can fit the 120 Seidon with the end tanks oriented vertically The STRIX is a snug fit but there's just enough room to even keep the accessory bay. I have two SSDs and I left the traditional hard drive plastic slots empty so I could wire manage in that area. It leaves nice clean airflow through the base. With this setup and mobo the fans barely run when you aren't playing games, the STRIX is nice and quiet. You do have to remove the bottom of the screws on the Impact VII power board and replace them with case screws, I think they just keep it safe in shipping.
Install Order (at least as I remember it) Remove panels and accessory bay for max simple install PSU (w/o) cables, 200mm fan, IO panel, mobo (w/cpu, ram, daughterboards), water cooler/rad/fan, secondary exhaust fan, power harnesses, wifi antenna, hard drives, GPU
I installed the water cooler after the mobo was mounted, a horizontal mobo lets you apply thermal compound and for one person it steadied the board so I could attach the pump.
It totally processes.
At full speed the pump is loud, but not too bad with other fans at full speed. The radiator is nice and the rad fan is quiet. Haven't had any issues, keeps my 4790 happy all day long.
It does the thing it's supposed to do.
I bought this in October 2015, tracking one down at a reasonable price was *****. But it's a kick *** board with a **** ton of options, all the goodies I plan on needing at least. And it's sexy. I had the Hero VI full size ATX and it would be nice if it had the LED accent on the board, but it's a mini ITX it might have made the board weaker. Nice board.
I don't have anything remarkable to say about this memory. It's RAM, it has a speed, it has worked well since I bought it.
Haven't pushed it yet, but for minecraft and basic internet surfing this thing doesn't even run the fans, I love that. Will try to update later with more impressions.
This is a great small case. I've jammed a lot in there and it let me reuse my full size ATX PSU. Pretty happy with it, may add some custom graphics. I wish it came in white.
Worked since day 1, no issues!
Really like this big-*** fan, 110 cfm max and pretty quiet at anything but full throttle. LED looks really nice. Might look slicker with a black surround.
I may eventually replace the radiator fan of the two of these I bought with something that can do 80 cfm, but for now these are pretty quiet and look good as a pair. Corsair could improve the way that they market these though, the naming structure confused me a little.
This monitor is fast and good. The only downside is that it isn't gloss which makes the blacks seem very dull in any kind of ambient light. In low light conditions it's great.
Clickity clickity..this keyboard is good. It sometimes has it's issues and requires two USB ports to work properly. Occasionally it sets itself back into demo mode which is pretty but annoying at night. The software is not very intuitive.
This mouse was a steal, comes with weights, is comfy and you can customize the LED colors and breath/fade rates.
I actually think these leave a LOT of room for improvement. The mic is overly sensitive to ambient noises but at the same time doesn't pick up my voice well and I frequently have to use PTT to prevent feedback/echo.