This is a dual-purpose machine I call the Dreamstarter. It runs Hackintosh for graphic and web editing, and Windows 8.1 for gaming and LAN party purposes. I just received my new cathodes (the first ones I ordered were slightly too long) and uploaded new pictures with those installed.
I may potentially overclock at a later date, however right now I am incredibly stoked and surprised at the performance. This rig boots in seconds, does nearly everything instantly, and rips through every game I've thrown at it, including Battlefield 4 on absolute max settings with an 80FPS low. What's more, it's a foot tall! Though probably just as heavy as most rigs, it is extremely small and therefore convenient to move around. I can't imagine being more happy overall with my purchase.
Unfortunately my motherboard featured many of its ports on the top left, and some of my cords are very hard pressed just to reach, let alone be properly hidden from view. I'm going to see what I can do about some of them, maybe getting extenders and wrapping them up to the right of the mobo and around. But I don't think they sell an extender for the bright blue usb 3 cord, so I'm trying to think about whether there's much I can do on that one.
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CPU - i7 screams. Not much to say. Haven't had any lag in any operation so far. Haven't tried editing yet, but I'm sure it will kick ***. I want to get a new cooler early next year and maybe try OCing a bit, although I'm not sure how much I can get away with on a 500W PSU.
Mobo - Gigabyte was required for Hackintosh. This was the only Haswell, mini-ITX case besides the non-OC H87N. Not pleased with the location of USB 3 header, and some of the other pin locations. But no problems other than that.
RAM - No issues with this RAM. Giving me OCD that I only have one stick but I doubt it's affecting performance. When I start editing I will grab another 8.
SSD - First SSD. Screams! Boot time is ridiculous, and the games I have on their load nearly instantly. Very nice.
GPU - Wow. Wow wow wow. This thing is insane. I've yet to find anything that can bring it below 80FPS at 1080. I'm looking forward to picking up my 1440 monitor and seeing how it does with that (and, if it will let me, 3 monitor gaming).
Case - Absolutely loving the case. Was a really easy build, I'm pleasantly surprised with airflow and temps, they are very good. This thing looks sick, and it is absolutely tiny. Such power in such small space! The built-in 500W 80+ Gold PSU is extremely quiet. The inside is fully painted unlike some of the review models. Great build quality. They do get you with the proprietary parts -- $50 custom slim DVDRW and the included custom 80+ gold GPU -- but it really is a high quality case and the PSU is completely solid, if a bit overkill.
Monitors - I had the Hanns-G before and got the BenQ with this build. Just recently also picked up a Qnix QX2710 1440, my plan was to use my other two 27 inch monitors and do some triple monitor gaming. 27 inches is huge when multiplied by 3 lol, I can barely see the full range without turning my head. It might be too big. HOWEVER, I wasn't able to do any 3-monitor gaming because for whatever reason the QX2710, even though capable of running at 1080/60hz, doesn't show up as a 1080/60hz capable monitor to nvidia control panel. :( Might send the BenQ back if I can now that I know this.
Peripherals - Got all this Razer stuff a while back before the build. The colors match my new build very nicely :) Unfortunately this keyboard gives me extreme headaches with the driver software. Also, Razer has a bunch of dicks for support. The hardware is pretty good, but still I won't be buying any Razer products in the future. I'll probably replace these peripherals with Roccat or something some time down the road, but for now they work well.
OS - I run Hackintosh on a partition of the SSD and Windows 8.1 on the other. I am liking Windows 8.1 better than prior versions of Windows (never tried 8.0) but still not a huge fan. So many illogical design decisions and driver nightmares. It was literally easier to get OS X Mavericks working on this PC than it was Windows 8.1. Mavericks worked right away while Windows 8.1 required tweaking to get it to see my DVDRW so I could install drivers. But it's all good now. (I just hope I can figure out a clean way to not go through the entire process again when I get another SSD and have to shuffle things...)
Speakers - I got these Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers maybe a year ago, and they are ridiculously good sounding. The bass is booming, but can be turned all the way down. The treble is incredibly crisp. I love these speakers, they're the best I've ever owned by far. In the price range, I doubt you can beat them. If something happened to my speakers I would go right out and buy them again.
Well that's about it! Please ask any questions, and share any suggestions!