Decided that it was time to try and build my own pc since the pre built models generally suck, and are way over priced. Keep in mind, while I'm generally a pretty tech savvy guy, I haven't done any hardware stuff other than install new ram, and some basic networking. YouTube, and the guys over at Toms hardware really got me through it. Everything worked well right out of the box, but there were a few challenges. For one thing, the fan connectors (don't laugh too hard, I'm new at this) didn't say anything about having a protective cover on the male end. It took me a 1/2 hour to figure out why they didn't match up lol Also, the video card power connection was a little confusing, I wasn't sure if I needed to connect both the 6+2 and the 6, or only one of them. Once all of that got straightened out, I was able to install windows 8.1 pro with media center on the ssd, and format the 3tb hard drive for all of my files. I've been having fun recording a ton of movies using playon/PlayLater (well worth the money IMHO) and now I'm tackling ripping my bluray collection to the hard drive. Sniper elite 3 on max settings was getting almost 60fps, and skyrim looks amazing! (I'm coming from console games, and the difference is blowing my mind a little bit) I did try to use the overclocking tools built into the motherboard, but for whatever reason, it causes the system to become unstable. I'll do some more research on that part, but for right now, I'm totally happy with how the computer is performing! I'll try to do some of the benchmark tests, and then update this post later tonight.