The back story (don't read if you don't care)- I was using an old computer donated to me that had a core 2 duo 8 gb of 800mhz RAM and Asus Commando motherboard and a Nvidia 8800 GTX until that card eventually died and my budget forced me to a gt 630. Its safe to say it wasn't a great performer but for basically free it was great. Flash forward some and the house containing this computer caught fire and was badly burned. The computer and monitor and things like that still worked (while incredibly loudly) but thankfully the insurance company paid to replace it anyway. So that's what this is, though not a replacement more of a jump into a real gaming computer.
Why this?- I need another computer that is going to last me a number of years. I do game design, 3D modeling and things to this nature so I also need a relatively decent powerhouse. Now I bought most of this during Black Friday so the prices might have been significantly lower than what you see now.
How did the build go? -
It went super easy. The Fractal Design Define R4 is a great case to build it. The only problem I faced was how snug the H100I and the RAM slots/ motherboard heatsinks were. However, it fits and everything else was a breeze.
How does it run?- FREAKING AMAZINGLY, at least compared to what I am coming from. I can play all games on Ultra/High settings. My CPU runs around 7-10 degrees Celsius at idle with an overclock of about 4.35 GHz and under stress tests and things like that doesn't go over 60 degrees Celsius. (Those temps are according to corsair link, not sure how true they are yet)
Misc- You may notice a second monitor in the pics, that's the monitor that survived the fire. Also I saved my gaming mouse and keyboard along with my speakers.
Comments welcome, I hope this lasts as long as the my last rig!