this was my first build and i use if for everything you can think of. Gaming and homework, programming and using virtual machines on it. i have had a few problems with the vrm and northbridge overheating but if i can't get it fixed i plan on rmaing the board or replacing it with a better board, i hit the 5.0 ghz mark, i can keep the 5.0 stable for longer periods of time because i moved the cooler and improved the airflow in my case but it still overheats. Im able to keep my computer at firstname.lastname@example.org 24/7 stable with no risk of the cpu being compromised or damaged. ive had this build run everything i can throw at it and it hasn't had any real trouble. This desktop has been through 2 moves so far and it will go wherever i go in terms of where i live. this system will last a few years without any problems. I haven't had much time to test the new cooler and i will put new pictures and benchmarks up when i get a little more free time. What does everyone think?