Planned on using this rig for gaming (CoD, WoW, AC4, Skyrim, LoL, Volgarr) as well as general usage such as email or web browsing.
It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to put everything together and then maybe twice as long downloading all the updates, drivers, essential programs, antivirus, blah blah blah.
The part installation process went flawlessly, it was slow and laborious but nothing went wrong. I'm sure I will be able to do it again much much faster now that I have a feel for where everything needs to be. No POST problems to report, however I did have a slight hiccup with my storage HD not being recognized. No big deal since I have an SSD as primary storage.
I discovered that there was a malfunction with the quick swap drive bays on my case. (Cooler Master HAF XB), for some reason or another the drives would power up but would not register to disk management. I ended up just taking the quick swap component out completely and then plugged in the HD the old fashioned way - works perfectly. Not really upset about this malfunction considering I don't need the quick swap capability.
After booting up and installing everything I went into Asus AI Suite III (which I downloaded from their website) and had them automatically overclock the cpu. Being a noob to building and an overclocking virgin this was pretty awesome, the program set me up with a "stable" 4.3GHz overclock no problem. Always been an Asus fan, just another cool feature to be impressed by (for me atleast).
All in all I am very pleased with how this turned out, I put up a picture of the Windows Experience Index that this thing recorded. 7.7 Overall with 7.9's on most of the scores. I don't know what exactly goes into the ratings but this rig tests 3 points higher than my old computer so I'm sure its all good.
Now I'm just waiting on my games to download so I will have to post an update after I get a chance to actually play on this thing. Until then, please leave a comment, suggestion, question, criticism, or whatever.