It's been over a year, I believe, since I built this. It's still running well though I am wishing I'd gone with a stronger video card. I had the intention of overclocking this (as you will see by my choice of CPU/Mobo) but chickened out. I may do that one of these days.
The video card is not as powerful as I had hoped; it runs many games wonderfully, but some have caused problems. Dead Space in particular looked terrible until I turned the settings up, and apparently that was a dumb move because now every game shows flickering black boxes even when the temps are low. Guess I blew something out, oh well it's a noob mistake. Get a more powerful card if you want to max out your graphics. [Update: I RMA'd the card without any issues. The replacement one is fine, but still not very strong. Fallout New Vegas runs on low, for example]
The keyboard that everyone loves is, to me, a bit awkward. The macro keys are easily confused with Esc and Ctrl in the heat of gaming. The keys are high profile and spaced far apart, which is slightly awkward when typing. Coupled with the troubles of keeping my hands on the oddly sloped wrist rest, it's hard to type on.
I love the look of the case. The blue glow is quite subtle and just barely shines through the large black grill on the front. It's an awesome effect, not too "l33t" or obnoxious, and won't distract you in the dark. If you like the look of a converse all-star transformer stormtrooper on your desk, go for it!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core||$239.99||SuperBiiz|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$19.98||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155||$80.98||Newegg|
|Memory||Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$48.98||OutletPC|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB|
|Case||Raidmax ATX-298WW ATX Mid Tower|
|Power Supply||Antec 550W ATX12V||$50.98||Newegg|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Acer G205HVbd 20.0"|
|Keyboard||Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4||$99.99||Amazon|
|Mouse||Gigabyte GM-M6980 Wired Laser|
|Custom||Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/USB Port||$0.00|
|Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|