Its my main pc, so its mostly used for gaming, reddit and web browsing. We also use it for a media server and video streaming as well.
I didn't need to go as big as i did on the cpu, I have yet to put it anywhere near its full capacity yet. Got it through the Intel retail edge, so the price was right.
The gpu has seen its share though, but it puts out max settings reliably, but with much heat. Planning on buying an evga gtx 670 4gb in a month or two and long term add another for sli.
Had a blue screen a few months ago shortly after building it. Found out it was a bad driver and it was fixed.
And I couldn't list my zalman cooler as it wasn't a choice, so I picked the other one because it was the same price.
Going to re do the cable management, it is a bit sloppy. the only problem I have is, the power cables for the gpu, if ran behind, are to short and end up pulling on the gpu. So I'm hoping I can find some extensions for that.
Built it at a buddies place with their help. When we turned it on it was a lot more blue than I thought it was going to be. and one said I finally broke my pc cherry. So they named it blewcherry
My back up is a g73-jh rog with a kingston 128gb ssdnow v200+ as the boot and windows 8. Plays games on high with no hiccups.
With this being my first build I know I cut some corners with the gpu and the amount of ram, but after a few pieces I needed to tone it down to keep it within my budget. I just wanted to have a pc that was kind of future proofed. I feel a sense of accomplishment doing it myself and hearing that glorious post beep. My girlfriend now has an itch to get a lower end desktop and I cant wait to build it.