Inspired by Portal... Wheatley was MY test subject, as I put him through countless trials, on this, my first build. Six months of R&D, six days of part procurement, and six hours of building, brought this demon baby of a machine to life. WEI rates it a 7.7 since I opted to hold off on overclocking my CPU and Memory (after all, cant have Wheatley finding out he's perfect).
Decided to go with the GTX 660 Ti since it came with a free copy of Borderlands 2 steam code, pretty much giving me a $60 discount, since I was going to buy it anyway.
Next update will be to install a Ceton InfiniTV ($199 from Newegg) to add HD DVR capabilities for whole home streaming via WMC and Xbox Extenders.
The build could not have gone any smoother, not one hiccup. My only concern is that one day Wheatley becomes self aware and turns the tables on the whole Tester / Test Subject dynamic.... but what are the odds of that?
***UPDATE: for those asking about my desktops adaptive background. go here:
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