This is a computer that I put together for myself for gaming as well as general use. I don't know enough to determine whether or not the components will have a bottleneck somewhere, but it does what I want it to, and I'm happy with it. I didn't buy all of the parts listed specifically to make this build (hence the name), but instead I salvaged certain components from my old computer and others were a hand-me-down.
All in all, I'm happy with the way this build turned out and so far, everything is running smoothly. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have! Thanks for looking!
The main reason I put this computer together was because I wanted to upgrade to an Intel processor. In doing so, I needed a new motherboard, and it escalated from there. It works great for my needs and handles anything I throw at it and takes it in stride. My only regret was buying this hastily when the price dipped, instead of waiting for kaby lake.
I went with the Cryorig H7 over the wildly-popular Cooler Master due to the clearance height of the heatsink itself. The Cryorig fits snugly in my case and I'm positive that the Cooler Master would have made closing the side panel an issue. Aesthetically, I find the Cryorig cooler more pleasing and for my needs, it does it's job.
I haven't had enough experience with the mobo yet, but it was very affordable and well-reviewed, so it was a no-brainer. It has a very easily navigable UEFI BIOS that is a breeze to set up. The only thing I noticed when throwing everything together was that there are only two fan headers on the board. One is for the case fan and the other is labeled as the cpu cooler fan. If you intend to install more fans, you'll probably need to use molex.
RAM - The main reason I got this ram was because it was cheap when I purchased it. I took a risk, since a lot of reviews were saying one stick came DOA, but both of mine work, so no complaints there. It performs well and has a nice, understated look, compared to other ram heatsinks out there.
Since this is more of a custom upgrade for me, I transferred over the SSD and HDD from my old computer so I could keep all of my files and save a bit of money and trouble on the reinstalling. They aren't the best or fastest drives on the market, but they work well, especially on a budget.
The case... I wanted to stick with a smaller form factor for my computer and began my search for a mATX case. This case was amazingly cheap and looks great to me. It even comes with a window in the side panel. For a mATX case, Apevia has done a great job, giving you lots of room if you have an enormous graphics card. It can also take several hard drives and a 5.25 inch drive in a couple different configurations, to meet your needs. That being said, there are some things that I didn't like so much about this case. Apevia give ample room in the case for components, but contrary to their description, cable management is a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE! They were nice enough to have a few cutouts to run the cabling through, but between the wall the motherboard is mounted on and the side panel of the case, there is maybe half and inch of clearance to squeeze all those cables into. This is where a fully-modular PSU would've been great. Although I tried to use only what I needed, there were still a few extraneous, leftover cables hanging out. Another thing that gave me difficulty was the wiring from the front panel. The power button and USB inputs are placed on the top of the case, which makes sense in terms of ease of use, but for wiring, that proved troublesome. The mobo header for the HD Audio was on the opposite corner of the case and the only way the connector could make it was directly across the inside of the case. This issue may have just from the combination of mobo and case, but a slightly longer wire wouldn't have hurt. Another interesting thing I noticed is that the top fan mount is located smack dab in the middle of the top of the case. There's a mesh vent on the top, which is identical to the one on the front to show off the glow of the fan, but the top vent doesn't line up with the top fan mount... And this may be my fault for picking a small case, but my PSU was slightly too long, so it prevented me from installing my second fan anyhow.
Because of the draw from the graphics card, I decided to invest in a beefier power supply, and hopefully future-proof my build a little. I love that it lets me use pretty much only the cables I need, but after my experience with this particular build, I wish I had gone with a fully-modular PSU.
Not much to say, other than it works. Noctua has a great, little fan here and it's dead silent.