This machine is meant to be a television-connected Steam Machine & HTPC. It is designed to be compact, quiet, and provide excellent value-minded performance and overclocking potential.
Windows 8 was chosen simply because it's easier to see and use on a television in a living room setting than Windows 7.
Benchmarks, temperatures, and scores are based on stock speeds (no OC).
== BUILD NOTES & QUIRKS ==
This case (Corsair Obsidian 250D) is made specifically to accommodate the Corsair H100i water cooler, but this motherboard requires that things be installed very specifically. The case provides a variety of mounts for the radiator, but you must mount the radiator on the brackets closest to the front of the case. If you mount it on the rear-most brackets, you won't have enough room to install the motherboard as the pipes will hit the USB2 plugs.
There is also only one functional orientation for installing the water block onto the CPU (see photos - pipes should be facing the radiator)... any other orientation and the pipes will conflict with the RAM, CMOS battery, or motherboard outputs.
The case itself includes two fans - a large intake, and a smaller exhaust fan. The exhaust fan is not used in this build as the radiator fills the exhaust vents.
== SOFTWARE NOTES ==
The Corsair Link software that controls the H100i pump, fans, and LED is not entirely compatible with the Z87 chipsets just yet (according to Corsair's forums). It requires some registry tweaks in order to get the Corsair Link software to "see" the H100i hardware... and even then it doesn't quite behave. Hopefully Corsair fixes their software soon.
If you run into this problem, a bandaid solution can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uBCLYmgcDo