This is my new gaming/schoolwork computer. Gaming works very well, I haven't found anything that I play that really taxes this thing yet. I was planning on overclocking, but now that I see just how well this handles everything, I don't think I'm going to need to overclock. I don't think I ever stuck my ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 or i5 2500k processor back into the build list yet.
The CPU cooler is great, keeps the processor nice and cold. All cores are between 25C and 35C (which is only a few degrees above the ambient temperature).
My RAM has not arrived yet, I'm using a cheap 4GB stick I picked up from a store to get by until it gets here, although I really like the way this cheap stuff looks.
Edit: Actual RAM has arrived. Now have 2x4GB sticks in. Don't really notice much difference since I've moved up from 4GB. However, I haven't really done anything memory intensive anyway. I still like the way the heatsink looked on the cheap RAM better.
The hard drive is nice and fast. It stores stuff. Pretty happy with it.
The GPU is awesome. I can't think of a better way to put it. It chews through anything I have thrown at it without breaking a sweat.
Edit: I caused it to overtemp once by trying to run a benchmark and forgot to turn up my case fans so the GPU was just circulating hot air. Oops. At least it seemed to shut itself down before any damage was caused.
The case is great for being only $30. However, the front LED's don't seem to work, and there were no dust filters in it. Also, the drive bays were a little tricky to install drives in, but aside from those gripes it is a great case. It has USB 3.0 on the front, a painted interior, watercooling holes if I ever wanted to do that.
The power supply is only semi modular even though it is specced as modular. Again, it fulfills it's purpose, however, it took some creative cable management to keep the case neat. A couple of the wires were just a hair too short for comfort. Also, the SATA drive cables could have been laid out a little better. I had to run from the power supply, to the top of the case, and back down to use one cable to connect both the optical drive and the hard drive. Each SATA power cable has 3 plugs on it.
Optical drive is optical drive.
The monitor is pretty good. Nice colors, nice size, DVI, but no HDMI, but that isn't too much of an issue for me. Settings are a little weird though.
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The keyboard is great for not being a mechanical. It feels nice, also from a few days of use it feels like I don't have to slam the key all the way down for it to register even though it is a rubber dome. The macro keys are very easy to use, and having 18 keys that you can program on the fly for each application is great. I wish the palm rest were a little bigger, and that it were mechanical still.
My mouse is wherever my RAM is. Not sure what is going on with USPS.
Edit: Mouse is also here. Nice and comfortable. I would like it if it were about a half inch longer, but it is shaped very nicely. Love the free scrolling wheel. Looks more or less like the wireless one I was using if there were a cord coming out of it.
Oh, I almost forgot the motherboard and processor. I like my i5. I haven't maxed it out doing anything yet. Not even a poorly optimized game pushes it very hard.
The ASRock Extreme 4 is great. The power and reset buttons on the board were great for testing and trouble shooting when I forgot to hook the 24pin cable up. Also, the LED error indicator let me diagnose that my RAM had a poor connection the first time I installed it within a minute or so. I also love the black and gold color scheme it has let me try (Boiler Up!). The case fan headers were in a weird spot, if you look closely in the second photo of the insides (the one with better cable management) you can see that the case fan wires have to run to more or less dead center on the board. That was fun trying to find a way to route those so they were mostly hidden.
I have two pictures of the internals to show how much of a difference just an hour of messing with cable routing can make.
Edit: Also, the power LED suddenly started working right around the time I put the new RAM sticks in. I have no clue what is up with that, but it looks very nice, kind of a bluish white ring around the power button. It bleeds over the HDD activity light a little so I'm not sure if that one is working or if it is still out.
Edit 2: I have added a second monitor. It is just a tiny (think 13" or 14" widescreen), low resolution flat panel display I had laying around. I managed to get a display port to VGA adapter for it. It may be tiny, but it is nice just having that extra space to put stuff on.
Edit 3: I have added a second HDD. It is a Seagate Barracuda 500GB at 7200 RPMs. I stuck my documents, pictures, music, and videos on it. Games and OS remained on the 1TB HDD.