Originally built this as a media storage and local backup machine, but then I thought "Why stop there?" I picked up an HD Homerun , installed XBMC and Plex to turn it into a DVR and fronted HTPC. Then I noticed that I had room for a high-end graphics card so I picked up one of those and started gaming through Steam.
*** I should note this is my first build, but I've had a lot of fun researching and piecing this together.
My future considerations: 1. Processor. As stated, this machine was just going to be used for storage, but it was just so awesome. As I continue to game I will be upgrading this. However, the i3 has had no problems so far as my frame rate is very high. Interested to see how I do for BF4. 2. SSD. My root drive is currently the WD Blue. Dumb. The nice thing is it's 1TB so I can use it for the DVR storage, but. I'm sure I ca use one of the WD Reds for that. Not sure... 3. CPU Cooler. I'm pretty packed, but for what I've read I should be able to squeeze in a Noctua NH-L12. However, all my temps seem very good and stable.
Any additional thoughts or suggestions? Specifically towards the future considerations? Thanks!