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Sorry for the low quality pics, all I had handy was my cell phone.

Anyways, I built this for gaming and general use. I don't plan to overclock. I already owned the headset, mouse, keyboard, speakers, and smaller monitor.

I've built a number of computers, but most were office workstations. I haven't built one in years and had a great time setting this one up and building it.

I wouldn't buy the motherboard, if I had to do it again. One of the RAM slots was bad in the first one, but Amazon replaced it quickly. The graphics card also was DOA, but the box it was in was really beat up, so I'm guessing it happened in shipping. Both were replaced, no issue.

Once the replacements came in, it worked without an issue.

I had a ton of problems with UPS's shipping, too, both with the original parts and the replacements.

As to Windows 8, I didn't have an OS to put on this box, so I decided to make the jump. I'm not a huge fan of the new Start menu, but it doesn't give me much trouble.

EDIT: I plan to upgrade to a SSD at some point in the future.

EDIT 2: Ran Prime95 for 30 minutes. CPU temp never broke 53C. Also ran FurMark's 1080p burn in test (15 minutes), the GPU temp stabilized at 80C. The burn-in score was 2639.

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice it's exactly what i want!
is the cpu fan intake or exhaust and what direction?

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Its pushing air out the back, from right to left in the picture.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the display? This is pretty similar to a build i'm putting together, except i'm going with the Asus P8Z77-V LK and a Samsung 840 SSD... Are you overall happy with everything?

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow,......for once I have nothing to say......perfect....

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I read a lot of critiques of builds here before settling on my parts list. It helped a lot.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Start8. google it, nice program for your start menu needs.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS. I've been using Start8 since probably November or December on my Win8 Ultrabook. Hardly ever touch the Win8 Start screen. Worth the $5.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

My only qualm, and this is only if you are doing heavier gaming, would be not getting a 660 Ti over the 660. But, just coming off of a budget build myself, I understand that an almost $100 difference can be scary.

That being said, the build looks relatively balanced. And I'm glad you even put a little money toward an aftermarket CPU Cooler since, while designed to handle heat better, the Ivy series tends to run pretty warm.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get the extra $100 into my budget without sacrificing in areas I wasn't willing to sacrifice in (ie - cable management in my case, name brand PSU, etc.) Maybe it could have been done, but I couldn't make it work.