Nothing arrived DOA, no crushed boxes luckily. I have dual booted OSX and Windows 7 on this machine without issues, just time consuming initially. Configuration and start up was easy and simple with ASROCKS motherboard, the bios is awesome to work with. I really enjoy how the board automatically installed drivers for everything right from the bios once connected to the network. The overclocked GTX 760 4GB FTW graphics card runs any game like a champ, does not skip a beat and I feel this is a really affordable card for the cost for 4GB of DDR5 video RAM. I have read good and bad about he corsair closed loop water cooling units, honestly It works fine, I have the pump and fan connected to direct 12v rather than the motherboard outputs. The 1000watt power supply is more than I would ever need, but might go SLI in the future pairing up with an additional GTX 760 4GB card..but that is kind of overkill. The 16GB RAM is kind of overboard as I rarely even hit over 3-4GB even in intense games but I wanted the machine to be future proof for the meantime. Some cable management would make it a bit cleaner inside, but maybe in the future. Please feel free to ask questions, and leave your comments!
Here is a test I did with 3d Mark, really curious to see how much it would change running a 770 instead. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/2097490
I also have updated the CPU and GPU temps I monitored while under load from 3d mark.
Feel free to pass on any advice! Is there any benefit at all in turbo boosting or over clocking the i5? I haven't really had any issues with games performing at high/ultra settings the only time FPS really dips is if I stream through to Twitch.
Just overclocked through the BIOS to 4.2ghz, running stable at 41C under load.
1/8/13 I ended up getting a 770 SuperClock from EVGA instead, ran several tests with the 760 and the 770 and the 770 definitely has nice results. I hope this graphics card doesn't get out to date to quick, but once they go down in price I think I am going to just pick up another 770 and SLI them. I have yet to try the 3dmark bench test and compare results. Overall, any game I have thrown at it so far can be played in the max quality.