Edit again ;) September 13, 2018. The GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition showed up on my door step. This joker overclocks like a monster and chews through the old Heaven benchmark maxed out with a crazy 2722 score at the settings shown in the last image. It actually went higher at +250 and +450, fan maxed, over volted etc. I ended up leaving the fan profile on a customized version of "agressive" and it hovers between 69 and 71 C when testing and lower depending on the game. I'm loving this blower style card. I think the Nvidia Founders Edition cards are indeed hand picked for the highest stable overclocking. I think this card could go higher with water cooling. Anyway, this was a proper surprise birthday do over present. Joe was even impressed. P.S. I've got an EVGA GTX 1070 SC now for something else. Woohoo!
Edit; Late August 2018. I purchased an EVGA GTX 1070 Superclocked GPU and 4x4GB 1866 CAS 9 RAM for Joe on Ebay. Got it installed on the old PC and he's up and running. Happy birthday son.
Edit; Christmas 2017. The SSD and the original hdd had gotten close to full. I added in a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda hdd and had Joe move over some of the files to free up the SSD and original hdd. Back in business and smooth running. Still kicking butt in 1080p.
Edit; July 2016. Had a wild hair and bid on a GTX 780 on ebay. Won this GPU. I installed it in place of the GTX 680 and my oldest son tested it. What a huge difference over the old GPU. Well my son was so excited I gave it to him and put his old GPU in his little brother's pc.
Replacement, big upgrade from Imac 27" with 8800 gts video. Primarily gets used for gaming. School work on occasion, and research. Recently Adobe CS5 and photo editing! Didn't realize I had set one of my rear fans in the wrong direction. I moved it and got the temps to go lower woo!
Had two extra fans from daughter's build, so I used my 4 1/2" hole cutter and added two portholes to the left and right side panels. one to blow directly onto the hard drive and the SSD he purchased while in Texas working with me and his sister. The other blows directly onto the inlet for the GTX 680 fan. I put Silverstone 120mm fan filters over the holes to act as covers and protect fingers from the blades. I also put in an older digital fan controller with three temp probes to test the HDD, CPU, and GPU temps under loads. It looked awful so it came back out.
Wow what a difference a SSD makes. Wish he could have afforded a 500GB ssd.
So here are the case modification pics and the DVD installed. Yeah I caved and have my son and his sister the drives so they wouldn't have to use my external DVD writer. I also cleaned the thermal paste and reapplied it in the single large grain of rice method and got dramatically better cooling results after s long prime 95 run scared me. Now get a peak of 76 for just a split second after a long run of prime 95 at 4.5 OC.
July 2016 edit. 3570k still running strong at 4.5 Ghz now with a GTX 780 SC. Still an awesome 1080p gaming machine. We noticed the Geforce experience recommending lower settings, but we ignored them and set them to max at 1080 resolution to test the card and got consistantly greater than 60fps on titles like the most recent Doom, and Overwatch. Im surprised and my oldest is happy. Win, win.
Great CPU and easily overclocked. Have had this at 4.5Ghz for 2+ years now with no issues at all.
Exceptional AIO cooling, but noisey fans come standard.
Does what its supposed to.
Pricey, but fantastic looking motherboard. No issues with it at all.
Looks good. Good speed. Low latency. 5 stars.
Fast and reliable. No issues at all over the past 2+ years.
Good low noise general data hdd.
Quiet, fast enough and reliable.
6 stars if possible. Holy cow what an overclocking machine. I'm impressed. I duplicated a stable +250 core and +450 memory overclock.
Huge desktop pc case. Easy to work in and move around. Awesome cooling and air movement throughout. Easily modified.
Great psu and cool looking cables. Very easy to work with.
Great quiet dvd writer.
Best version of Windows ever made in my opinion. Love win7 pro.
Wireless Network Adapter
Surprisingly good wifi card with dual 5.4ghz band n.
Superb directional air flow. I will continue to use these fans to blow air straight at whatever hardware that needs it. Love these fans. And they are quiet
Good little quiet fan
Well they are golden in color, spin slow, but are very quiet.
Great looking monitor. No dead pixels, or issues for 2+ years now.
Great inexpensive backlit keyboard.
My son loves the response and feel of this mouse.
Great sound, but have a buzz when ambient noise is low.