GAMING & it works great for everything else too.
All games are set to 'Ultra' (AA & AF all the way up) - great FPS & entire system runs cool & all for less than $1600. BTW - this was my 1st build. So if I can do it, anyone can! Ha!
The motherboard is fantastic for pre-posting with LED debug, power button and it's own video ports, so no need to hook up video cards. 1st try - gave me an error code for no IDE/SATA hookup, hooked up SSD - straight past BIOS to insert OS disk please. :)
Love the case, fits 200mm fans in front and up top, and has nice area behind the motherboard to hide all cables. Good Airflow! Lots of modularity inside the case, removing and moving sections. (Although I had an issue during install with the provided brass stand-offs not fitting the provided motherboard mounting bolts)
Graphics card is a beast, it's a very powerful and reliable single core card. Plus with ACX 2.0 cooler never runs hot & is ultra quiet, and it only draws 165 watts of power!
I installed two SSD drives, one houses operating system and any non-game programs, the other SSD just games. Loads games & runs them insanely fast.
Power supply is fully modular so less cables and fan never turns on because of overall design, and it never goes beyond 60% peak wattage. My system draws less than 400 watts and it is a 750 watt power supply.
CPU cooler works great but is bulky, it's a good 6 inches off the motherboard, so that back-plate you install on the back of the motherboard is working overtime. It's also 5" cubed, so make sure to install your memory on the motherboard before installing this thing. If I was to start over, I would've gone with a liquid cooler.
This machine handles any game with superior graphics, does not even come close to overheating, very quiet & was very easy to build.
MicroCenter seems to always have a lot of deals, combo discounts, and mail-in-rebates! Also great support from their staff. MicroCenter