The prices include CA sales tax/shipping/handling and are before rebate, the price you see is the price I initially paid out of pocket.
This little machine was used as a birthday present to my son, it will also serve as his trophy because he won 1st place at the spelling bee in his school this year. He beat everyone at the school... even though was faced with an age/grade disadvantage. He will mainly use it for Minecraft... as well as whatever other games he adds. In the future he will do his schoolwork on this desktop. This is our second build since last "Black Friday", we had no problems... it posted up first time.
-CPU: It will do whatever he needs it to do for many years hopefully. Still unlocked for your overclocking pleasure, and still the only 8-core desktop processor around. Unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with a new architecture.
-CPU cooler: Unique, we added the blue led Coolermaster JetFlo fan for more powerful air movement, as well as inside case lighting that matches his color scheme.
-Motherboard: He wanted blue... this Asus board has all the current features with the correct colors.
-Memory: Quick, quality 8GB in blue.
-Storage: This little hybrid drive was brand new technology when we bought it. SSD w/HDD for reliable 1TB mass storage.
-Video card: Came with $80.00 free game coupon, has AMD TrueAudio & Mantle for future gaming pleasure, it will run any game a kid wants on 1080p medium-ultra sets.
-Case: Great value, basic, good looking, with excellent reviews & plenty of space for cable management. I took out the regular mounting bracket for the storage devices to clean up the inside aesthetics, as well as to provide better airflow. The hybrid drive was then mounted above the optical drive using an adapter. This uncluttered the inside of this case & made it possible to use only 1 modular power cable for both drives.
-Power supply: Semi-modular single rail w/plenty of juice for this little rig... with a bit extra in case of a future CrossFire setup.
-Optical drive: All blacked out front. This thing can burn XGD3/overburn DVD's, I use Sony products in my home theater... so I trusted that it would be reliable enough to load Windows & spin some discs.
-Operating system: 8.1 is quick & easy to use... it was an easy choice for us.
*We also added in a few 120mm case fans to keep it cool & clean. The keyboard/mouse combo from CMStorm, & the Razer headset were birthday gifts to my son from family & were received after the photos of the build.
=For a relatively budget friendly set up, we are proud of how this little PC turned out... my son is happy.=