Specs: Core i5-750, 4GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM, dual 320GB drives in RAID 1, dual 9500GT 1GB cards, ASUS P7P55D EVO, 500W PSU, and the Lian Li Lancool PC-K56.
Edited by CTRLurself - 12/28/11 at 9:59am
Alright, all of my parts arrived today and it went together beautifully. First off, the case is the Lian Li Lancool PC-K56, and for $70 you really can't beat this case. It's nice a roomy, has plenty of cable routing, and looks very good - just like every other Lian Li I've worked with. The only complaint I've got is that the front I/O ports are very limited, only two USB ports and the audio connections. No firewire, no eSATA, just two USB ports - which for most people is ok, but I like having more connections conveniently available.
A nice picture of all the hardware for this rig nice and spread out - it's kind of like Christmas every time I build a computer.
The computer fully assembled. This case is a little flimsy, but it's not notable unless you're plugging things in, once it's assembled it feels sturdy enough. I've got the two HDDs in a RAID1, with the power cables barely visible (which I really like). The cable routing holes on the right side of the MoBo is a little short, but is still passable, and the power supply mounting bracket is a very nice touch.
This motherboard is great, it's that simple. When I put it together originally, one of the RAM sticks wasn't totally seated, and the "issue" light next to it kicked on, so I knew that was my problem. There is an issue light next to the CPU, the RAM, the PCI lanes - so you know almost instantly what the issue keeping the computer from booting is. Also, I like the style of the heat sinks on the VREG area, I think the coloring and pattern is pretty distinctive looking. Also, the PSU's 8-pin cable is too short to route behind the motherboard, but if they added about 3 inches to this cable, this PSU would be darn near perfect. All the voltages according to my PSU tester were spot on, and monitoring software confirms that it is stable even under load.
I also like the attention to detail on the motherboard. I couldn't get a good picture of the VREG heat sinks,but this picture gives you a good idea of the detail the put into this board.
Unfortunately I don't have any pretty pictures of massive monitor arrays this time around just because this is a build for a guy learning how to stock trade. He only has 2 or 3 monitors right now, and I haven't set it up at his house yet... possibly more pictures to follow.