This was built as an all-around performer with a special focus on high-fps 1080p gaming.
I tried to get the best value for a 1500-ish budget, monitor included. I knew I wanted a 3570k / hyper evo / ssd / 770 and space to upgrade (eg. more RAM, 2nd 770, 2nd SSD)
128GB is enough for me right now, as I have plenty of data stored externally in a variety of ways
The plan is to overclock the 3570k in a year or two...that way i'll actually notice the speed boost then. right now, this system is ridiculously fast and i can't really imagine needing anything faster for a while.
I ran some benchmarks but didn't take screencaps...was mainly just pushing the system to see that it all worked at the right temps. I'll try to get around to testing again and posting screencaps. Any recommendations?
Right now I've got Prime95, Crystal Disk, Belarc, Unigine Heaven 4, and 3D Mark 11...what other benchmarks should I run? I could do the research myself, and will eventually, but if you have any recommendations in particular...
System boots in under 10 seconds, which blows my mind coming from a 7 year old dell laptop with a 5400rpm HDD.
Case is a tad noisy with its two cheap fans, but it's predominantly cool, and I should probably move it under my desk where it's cooler and going to keep quieter. Concerned about dust under there, though...
Oh I should say, this build was amazingly satisfying...after 3 days. Day 1, couple hours in, I had a built system (I didn't breadboard) and when I tried to turn it on....a variety of failures occurred. Spent all day (14 hours) building and taking apart (with many, many BIOS resets) only to eventually realize that my original motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, was defective. Day 2, went to get a refund and bought the Asus listed now. Day 3, a couple hours later, and system is built up again, this time running smoothly. It was really really stressful, but after all that, so so satisfying!
Thanks to everyone out there in the internetz, and especially everyone here at PCPartPicker, for helping me choose parts, find the best prices, and build this lovely little machine!