First off, I am a college student, so a workstation is a must. I originally had a laptop and one day i had software issues and i assumed that it was broken. Then I began looking into building a desktop with the money I wanted to use to replace my laptop. Long story short, 3 days after my computer had issues a friend of mine fixed it for me, but by then I had already bought the gtx 980 gpu XD and the i5 4690k. I could have returned them, but I didnt want to drive back to Micro Center. I took me about two months to get all of the parts and was exited when i could actually build it all. Sorry for the lack of pictures and the orientation of some of the pictures. I wanted to take alot but i got carried away with building.
The only games I usually play is DotA and some emulated games but i am looking into playing more. I got Assassin's Creed Unity, but unfortunately there are too many bugs at the moment so ill have to wait to play it.
Reviews: * Cougar Solution - Its tight on space but it does what it needs to do. I only bought it because it was cheap, but ill be upgrading in the near future. It doesnt have a reset button, and the usb port block seems kinda flimsy.
i5 - Good, I did alot of research and decided the i5 is more worth the money for what im doing than the i7 and i am also an Intel fanboy lol. My laptop is AMD and does well with playing Modern games but cant keep up with my emulators. So Intel was my choice and now i have the best of both worlds in my opinion.
H55 Water cooloer- I didnt like the idea of cpu fan cooling so i got a decent water cooler. Only con so far is that it took forever to attack it.
MSI SLI PLUS - I wanted a mobo that could do at least 2-way SLI, hold my type of cpu, and was cheap. Its pretty good and i like the bios.
G.Skill 2133 - Pcpartpicker gave me warning not to go over 1800 with RAM but i did anyways and changed the timings in my xmp file in my bios. I have no problems so far.
The storage is good so far, ill be getting more soon.
MSI GTX 980 Twin frozr - I got it becauase it was the last one in the store... kinda naive on my part but it ended up working in my favor.
Fans - No cons, The two jetflows have yet to come. I orderd them from SuperBiz and will not be ordering from there again
Everything else is fine.
I appreciate any comments and suggestions. I am looking into building another desktop soon or at least upgrading my current one definitely, so everything helps