Updated: ADDED SSD, keyboard, headphones, speakers. (when the 300 gpus come out and the prices drop on the rest will update to a 280x 0r 290 or grab a 2nd 270x for crossfire. Also, want to get the 9370 in time)
Me and my 8 year son have been playing Minecraft, Mario, Kirby and games like that on the Wii and PS3(I also play God of War, Resident evil, any FPS game.). I started telling him about how I use to play on the PC (haven't since Unreal & half life - original release!). He got interested in PC gaming which got me interested again but our family PC could not keep up. So we decided to build a budget PC (budget set at $750). We came in at $768 if you do not factor in the OS or monitor which I had not even considered. He has caught on the PC gaming and I have found out about Stream and all the games I have to get caught up on (Far Cry & BioShock right now). This also doubles as a home office PC which entails a lot of cloud work and presentation writing.
Solid, overclocked to 4.4 and stable. Had up to 4.5 but was worried about the amount of voltage. If I went water cooled and had a more OC friendly board I bet I could get 5.0 on this thing. Was going to get a 6300 but this was on sale at my local Micro Center so I jumped on it. Next upgrade will most likely be the 9370. (wanted a 8370 but it is so close to the 8350 in benchmarks).
Speaks for itself.
Decent, no complaints Asus board highly rated. However, not the best for OCing and I wish I would have gone with the 990 socket and thought more about overclocking. Then again when we built this I had no idea about OCing we have learned a lot.
If you do not have the money for a SSD get this. It takes a while to learn which programs you run the most and slot them in the SSD portion of the drive. Pretty zippy but not a true SSD. This will be the storage drive when the SSD arrives.
Love it, mid tower, clean design good air flow as the hard drive bays and CD ROM, fan controller bays have nothing between them so your front fan hits the GPU and mobo. The price is unbeatable for the case. Only downside is no window. I may cut one out.
Another respected brand. Semi-modular does what I need it to.
Buy this monitor you will not be disappointed.