* Mail-In Rebates:
I built this as my dream build. I've built many computers before for many other people but this is the first time I have built a rig for myself (finances were the holding back factor). I intend to further expand it in time. I will eventually be moving from a closed loop cooler to a custom loop. I am intending to use this machine for audio production, gaming, digital design (web, graphical, etc.), and video rendering.
I've refreshed this build with a new chassis and GPU (ROG Strix NVIDIA GTX 1080) from the GTX 780 that I had. I also added a Deepcool RGB 360 LED Kit to it.
I do plan to add a hardline tubing custom loop soon though.
The performance out of the box is great! I've not had quicker rendering times than when I've got this CPU. With audio production, even the most CPU taxing VSTs hardly load it! I am disappointed, however, as I wasn't able to overclock at all with the one I received.
I love the quality of this motherboard! Asus continues to create quality products. The software features are a nice addition and I really like having the ability to easily replace my UEFI firmware chip. The UEFI firmware interface is great and user-friendly.