Well.... I got my wife into PC gaming, lol, so I gave her my older machine. FX8350 and 1060, and built myself something new!
Only unfortunate part about it all was the shop I ordered my components from went ahead and took the unwanted initiative to assemble my rig themselves when I never asked them to... At any rate, of course they installed everything all wonky and in no way how I wanted it to be. Especially since I'm doing custom PSU sleeving.
So for the time being It's operating just fine for me to game with but the temps are higher than I'm aiming for with the configuration I have planned.
Once it's all lit up it should be a thing of beauty, but for now since they used 2 different types of corsair LED fans, I don't have them all working as desired, and my Radiator isn't mounted in push/pull yet, but soon!
She's all finished!(minus the custom sleeved cables still being made) Got the rad mounted the way I want it now, the right fans with the commander installed, shes ready to go to war!
Painted several of the mounting screws for the glass panels orange and the back plates for the pcie slots I also painted orange! The next plan is to disassemble the system and drill out the rivets on the PSU shroud sp I can custom paint it. I've chosen a pirate flag style kraken/jolly roger type image to paint on being as it's the power supply so all the cables always remind me of an octopus, and its situated in the "deep dark depths" of the bottom corner of the case.
Added an updated photo with the screws painted visible! And one with the back plates also visible! I even painted inside the front lower corsair light to make it orange!
Amazing CPU for a fairly reasonable cost. Often on sale, great for streaming and gaming with 6 cores and 12 threads.
Good AIO for the money. Nothing fancy. Little room for customization with rgb and colored logo plates.
Hands down best performing thermal compound i've used. Solid 7 degree difference between stock thermal paste (4W/mk) and the Arctic Silver 5 (8.9W/mk) 1 applicator is enough compound for about 3 applications.
Blazing fast speeds as a boot drive. from power on to windows login it's about 11-14 seconds. Not the fastest M.2 but for the cost difference (almost $300) I feel the performance increase in the 512gb 960 evo pro is negligible and not noticeable.
Beautiful case with wall to wall tempered glass to show off the RGB and beautiful components. My 3 biggest issues (not exactly really big issues) were
A. Power supply shroud is riveted into the case, which makes things aggravating to custom paint and reinstall as a customizer.
B. Power supply shroud comes with NO COVER (even though corsair offers one that fits for $4)
C. The RGB Fan controls in the case are only conducive to the SP series RGB fans. So if you want to upgrade to more powerful RGB and better bearings, the case controls end up being non functional for controlling RGB/Speed/Mode for the fans (although still controllable through corsair link or iCue)