Upgrading from my 2yr old amd build I was going for something with slightly more power, but a smaller footprint all in a budget of around $1000. Overall, I'm completely satisfied with the performance.
Processor & cooler: I am really happy with this. I was able to overclock it to 4.3 no problem using Gigabytes EasyTune tool. I could go higher but have no desire to yet. With the 212 Plus, its highest temp when stressing it in OCCT is 67-75C. During gaming I haven't seen it get above 65ish.
Ram: By default it was running at 1600 but in the bios I enabled Intel XMP and it automatically switched to 1866. Pretty reasonable RAM, haven't really had a need for anything more than 8GB so I figured I'd save the 50 bucks. I had 16GB in my last build and haven't noticed a difference yet.
Motherboard: Pretty good motherboard as I mentioned, overclocking is a breeze with the UEFI bios and the EasyTune utility. Positioning is a little bit snug between my graphics card and my cpu cooler (both of which are pretty large for this case).
Graphics: A step up from my old 7870, not a big difference in performance but the price was right for me. It looks really nice, the Vapor X on the side actually lights up in a blue led.
Case: Love the case, the main fan (240mm I think) in the front originally had an LED dangling but a little plastic cement fixed that issue no problem. Good cooling, lots of intake and a nice exhaust out the front. Also somewhat small footprint although it is a little wider than I expected but I couldn't imagine building in something smaller. Even in this, it got a little bit snug around the graphics card, (1/2" space on top between the optical drive). There's some good room for cable management under the motherboard near where the HDD's sit. The SSD cage was also really neat, it opens up sideways to easily manage the drives.
Boot Time: With windows 8.1 and ultra fast boot enabled, it boots to the desktop in just under 8 or 9 seconds. I'm a little bit mind blown by this.. I disabled the login prompt for the purpose of testing.
Gaming It handles GTA 5 fairly well with some of the ultra settings enabled, but definitely not maxed out at 1080p. I play some other games like The Crew, Far Cry 3, and Battlefield 3. It handles all of these completely maxed out. Definitely a fairly capable gaming rig.
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