As my G73jh faded away into the night I decided to go for a new build.
This build is used primarily for Gaming and as a workhorse for my GIS student work.
I completed this build early September, and this is actually a 100% MicroCenter build. I was really aiming to get as much raw power as I could for a (roughly) sub $1000 machine. Fortunately I was able to snag some great sales during their BYOPC month. This is my first build and it was slightly nerve wracking. Once I completed the build it was nonfunctional-massive bars on the loading screen and it crashed on OS install. Ultimately it turned out to be a faulty motherboard, and since I bought it all in store I was able to swap it out for a new one. Overall I'm happy with performance, but I haven't had a chance to dabble with overclocking yet.
Feel free to comment, I would really appreciate any feedback.