I use this build primarily for gaming. Most of the components I purchased in 2014 while I was in Korea. All that is different from my original build is the power supply and GPU. When I PCS'd to Fort Hood, my power supply decided it had enough of the great place, and took a huge dump on me. I'm too lazy and impatient to mail it in and have it fixed for free, so I headed on down to my friendly neighborhood hour away without traffic Fry's Electronics and took the advice of a staff member who seemed like he didn't really want to be there. Against my better judgement and the mediocre reviews online (it is a 80+ bronze after all) I purchased the PSU. It has not given me any problems so far. Upon PCSing back to Korea, the Army decided to give me the Big Green Weenie™ via changing my household goods shipment company about 20 times. To what should be nobodies surprise, my Gigabyte GTX 770 gave me a huge middle finger as soon as I reinstalled it into my PC for the first time in months. Again I'm too lazy and impatient to wait for a new GPU to come in the mail, so instead I went out on the Korean economy and attempted to haggle with people who I cannot communicate verbally with. Instead all haggling was done through a calculator and a series of Trump-esque facial expressions. After feeling defeated and not being able to find what I really wanted, I set my eyes on this Gainward card I had never heard of. It had good enough reviews and benchmarks. I talked (or rather gestured and grunted) the man selling the card down from an original asking price of around KRW 630,000 (~USD 560) to KRW 550,000 (~USD 490). I took it home and installed it. It let off this hideous green glow that didn't match the rest of the orange in my case. Of course when I opened up the tool to change the color, what displayed on my screen was nowhere near the actual color emitted by the card. After screwing with it for about a half hour, I finally said, "Good enough, I'll live with it." Possibly the coolest quirk of this PC is the liquid cooler radiator. You see the radiator fits just PERFECTLY within the case. The radiator fan? not so much. The fan and my memory cards are like two fat men in a bath tub. They don't fit. So my radiator fan had to acquiesce an move to the outside of the case right above the radiator. Not pretty but she works.
Tl;dr as this build is right now, it works great, but the case could be a little bigger. Temps are good and I play everything on the highest graphics settings so I don't really have anything to complain about.
This thing has been chugging along and steam rollin right on through everything I've thrown at it since 2014. Awesome CPU
Never once have I ever been concerned about my CPU temps under a heavy load. I cant believe how well this cooler works with such a small radiator.
Great board that has done everything I've needed it to do.
They're a little old now, but I still have them in my PC today and I have no problems gaming on ultra.
It takes my PC less than 15 seconds to boot Windows 7 off this SSD
The hard drive itself is great. It does everything I've needed it to do. I don't know how Windows 10 is, but windows 7 doesn't like drives this big. It took some playing around to get my PC to recognize the drive as bigger than 2TB.