2013-12-15: This box will be used for silent photo editing. The Dell 2713HM sports a native resolution of 2560x1440. The Zalman CNPS9900ALED CPU cooler was a bear to install. Note that its box doesn't list socket 1150 CPUs but it works with them. For the video card I got the most powerful fanless (for low noise) card I could find - an ASUS Radeon HD 7750. I followed the motherboard instructions and installed the motherboard into the case before installing the CPU and CPU cooler. That was a mistake - the Zalman back brackets would not install onto the backside of the motherboard with it screwed into the case.
The monitor is real nice. I like the higher resolution of 2560x1440. I would recommend this monitor. (2014-01-04 update: please note that the 2560x1440 resolution is only available when using the monitor's display port input. When using HDMI the max resolution is 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 - I don't remember which for sure.)
Running Windows Pro 8.1. Real hard to get used to new way of doing things. I didn't try hard and found a 3rd party application to make windows 8's start menu more like that found in Windows 7. The application is Start 8 by Stardock.
I am a bit disappointed in the Rosewill Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express WIFI card as the most throughput I could get was about 100 Mbps. I haven't troubleshot this problem (?) yet. Instead I ran a long ethernet cable to a gigabit port and went the wired route.
I installed Window 8.1 Pro and Microsoft Office 2013. They were $35 (Windows) and $65 (Office) through the Microsoft Friends and Family program. I know someone that works for Microsoft in Redmond, WA.
Newegg let me down on my Seagate 600 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD shipment. I ordered that on November 30 and still haven't received it (it's December 15 now). They said they are going to have to file a "lost order" claim with the warehouse and that would take 3 to 5 business days to resolve. This forced me to go down to the local BestBuy and pick up a 128GB SSD so I could get on with the build. That sucks as I spent $108 on the BestBuy SSD.
Once I was up and running, I did the driver download thing and flashed the motherboard's firmware to ensure I had the latest. That all went fairly smoothly. It did take some time though. I almost flashed the wrong FW too. It turns out I downloaded the FW for the H87-PRO FW instead of the H87M-PRO FW. Luckily the little FW loading utility in the BIOS told me that my FW was failed its security check before I flashed it in. Once I had the right FW it loaded up no problem. They make it real easy as they have a little flashing application in the BIOS. All you have to do is place the FW on a USB thumb drive and have it installed in a specific USB slot and then enter the BIOS settings and pick the FW flashing utility in the BIOS program under "tools."
CPU temperature idles at 33 deg. C (91 deg. F). After 20 minutes at 100% CPU load temperature is steady at 47 deg. C (116.7 deg. F). I used Prime95 to run the CPU at 100% for 25 minutes.
Update - Prime95 has been running continuously for an hour-and-a-half now and the CPU temperature has only slightly risen since last check. After 1.5 hours at 100% utilization, it is at 48 deg. C (118.4 deg. F).
Update - Prime95 has been running continuously for three-and-a-half hours now and the CPU temperature is at at 48 deg. C (118.4 deg. F). I am calling it good and shutting down Prime95. (The CPU temperature is actually toggling between 118.4 and 116.6 deg. F every few moments.)
2013-12-16 I heard back from newegg on my botched SSD order. They have filed a lost order claim with the warehouse and asked for it to be expedited but it could take 3 to 5 days to resolve. Whatever. Anyway they also gave me a $30 credit toward a future purchase. Woohoo. I am underwhelmed. I also completed a mail-in-rebate for the Cooler Master 620W ATX12V power supply. It's all in a stamped envelope ready to go in the mail tomorrow. Mail-in rebates are a pain. This rebate is worth $30 in the form of a prepaid VISA gift card.
2014-01-04 I added a sound bar to my 27" Dell U2713HM. By default this monitor hasn't any speakers but Dell makes a sound bar that fits nicely to the bottom of the monitor. This monitor even has a DC connection for powering the sound bar so you don't have to run a separate power connection to an outlet to power the speakers (sound bar). Instead, for power, the speakers simply plug into the DC out of the monitor. The sound bar was $37.65 (including tax) directly from Dell. They shipped it UPS ground at no charge. The speaker are adequate for my needs - hearing the various sounds the computer makes (email notifications, adding and removing USB devices, etc. and watching the occasional online video). If you are a gamer, big movie buff, or audiophile you will probably want something a bit nicer. But for the price and clean integration into my system, this sound bar fits the bill nicely. The part number for the sound bar was AX510PA. Note that this part number included a "wall-wart" power adapter but since my monitor model includes the DC output for the sound bar I am not using this wall-wart. The sound signal is provided through the DisplayPort 1.2 cable that I am using. Sportster out