This machine replaces a Dell XPS 8300 with I7-2600 and Radeon HD 6700 video card. Want to be able to play modern first person shooters the way they are meant to be played. I will also go back and play some games like Doom 3 and Wolfenstein The New Order at ultimate settings and see how that changes the games.
Originally purchased an NZXT Kraken X41 liquid cooler but the radiator and fan were so thick I could not make them fit in this case, and I really like this case, so I am using the stock CPU cooler that came with the CPU for now.
Booted on the first try, very happy about that.
First 3DMark Firestrike benchmark was 11,950 but it told me the memory was not being recognized as 2133 so I went into bios and changed that setting. Next benchmark was 12,180.
My Unigine Heaven score is 1753.
These scores are with no overclocking at all - just straight out of the box.
The Firestrike benchmark is in the 98th percentile and the Heaven benchmark puts it in the upper ranges of other systems with the I74790K/GTX 980 with no overclocking.
Overall I'm pretty happy.
I will eventually add a liquid cooler and play with overclocking but for now I just want to use it for a while before I rip it apart to change it.
What can you say? 8 threads at the ready. Fast and reliable.
Looks awesome and the bios gui is really nice. The SATA connectors are under my video card so that presented a bit of an issue. Other than that a really nice MB.
It's a GTX 980. Yay!
This case is so quiet! You can barely tell it's turned on. It was way bigger than my Dell XPS 8300 case and would not fit on my desk but it looks great sitting next to it - sort of like a little mainframe. :) I am building another computer for a friend and will use this same case.
Totally modular - great PSU. Cables that came with were a bit stiff but that's probably a universal complaint.
After I figured out how to use the native windows 8.1 WIFI manager it works great.