****[EDIT!!!!:It has been upgraded! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mWRG3C This is now the first part of my chronological additions to the system as my needs grow. Please enjoy, comment and read my part reviews! Thank you all for your time, advice and input. Most of all - Thank you for your kindness!]*****
This is the first gaming computer I have ever built. It took some help from friends as I am not hardware savvy, however it overpowers the games I play by far. It was built on a strict budget with some parts I salvaged from another computer a friend had, but it purrs like a kitten and serves me well. Please be gentle as it is my first venture in pc building.
Handles well with any game I throw at it, new or old. Heat stays a bit high but overall very stable. Aside from that it's a great CPU which came at a great price. AMD over Intel.
Held up well with my overclock. I haven't pushed this system to it's max yet as I am still new to heating and CPU overclock, but this has yet to fail me after about a month of use.
Very solid motherboard. It has not at all given me any problems whatsoever. The bios comes with a beautiful interface, easy OC menu, accurate temp readings, great variety of customization on settings and exceeds my needs by far. This is an excellent board for beginner or veteran builders and I stand by it as a solid choice.
Extremely reliable HD so far. It has not given me or my system any bugs. It is perfect for OS install while you run everything else off of a larger HD. I load Windows in 3 seconds after cold startup.
Overpowers every game I throw at it so far and it's still trucking along. I bought mine used but in good condition. I don't like the plastic covering not being all that stable, but it is not worth the loss of a star when it more than does what I need it to do. You don't need to get the best video card at outrageous prices when this little puppy can cut through most everything with ease at a fraction of the cost(unless you care about bragging rights).
This case has not only been a very easy space to work in, but also is the face of my jewel. The fact that it comes with a pre-installed LED fan is already a plus, but it gave out after a few months of use. I take one star off for that, but it was easily replaced.. It has more than enough drive bay space to max out as many HD's as you want in it. The very bottom 5.25 bay has a built in door and platform for things like a fan controller (What I used it for) and it fits perfectly on the build because of that. It has just barely enough clearance for the PSU to fit below your Motherboard, but even then you can unscrew that and take out the motherboard without having to pull too much out . The clipping parts on either side of the drive bay make swapping HD's the easiest thing. I would take a star away for not having every bay with a clip option but I realize this is for flexibility in placement. I would take a star away for the stamped grates on the back of the case and also in between the drive bays themselves, but these where easily taken out/replaced as needed for pretty much nothing. Overall it's sturdy, sharp looking, easy to get into/out of and compliments my theme build well.
Solid and plentiful power supply. Very modular and solid. I like how it can be flipped upside down to draw it's own air from beneath the case if that case has a bottom vent. So far this has held up to every stress and in fact overcame it with ease.
These fans are holding strong and are not that loud at all. The lights are bright and the blue aura is beautiful in the dark. They move more than enough air to keep my CPU, motherboard and RAM nice and cool. Temps never get way to high and they seem to have no problems with the stickers flying off the center (as pointed out by other builders). I only want to point out that if you want absolute quiet running: Get a solid state drive with as little fans as possible in general. Fans will make at least a little bit of noise, and to me these aren't even half as bad as some systems I have been around. It depends on how anal you are about such things.
This fan looks great for it's bright LED, and moves air okay. I take one star off of it as it does not seem to move as much air as two 120mm fans. I could be wrong, but with my fan control all the way up on this I feel like it gets overpowered easily with other fans near it (such as my cpu fan). Almost like air is being sucked down around it while it's pushing air out. I take another star off because I feel like it was entirely too hard to screw into place with everything lined up perfectly (I work in IT and I deal with hardware alot. This is not my first rodeo with a screwdriver in a tight spot.) It just felt like the pre-made holes for the screws that came with it where wayyy too small.
Looks beautiful with my all blue LED setup on the Northwind. It is a bit weird in that it wont really adjust fan speeds by much until the very end of its turning radius. So be prepared to have the dials almost all the way up to make any noticeable change. Other than that: it does what I need it to do.
This is hands down the most beautiful, solid, reliable and value-worthy purchase you can make if you want an LED gamer setup. The price is fantastic for the quality, and the looks it portrays are of a modern professional setup. Don't buy a Death-Adder for 300 bucks when this is the same thing for 30.
So everything was working well and good with this headset until my cats got a bit playful with the long wire that it has. Now, I'm not saying the headset is at fault. It is by far not at fault. I did not stop my pets from clawing and nipping at the wire in time, however it does not excuse the fragility of the device. It only took 1 or two nips at this (that I know of) from my cats to take out the microphone portion of the headset. This means that the insulation of the wires which run from the headset into the jack was thin. I take one star off for that oversight in design for common use because that can also be a hazard.