I upgraded my hardware to the following:
-ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+
-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 CPU Cooler
-(2)GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Crossfire
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
When I got around to put them together, I could not find my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Bummer. Sure, I could have ordered another copy online only but I didn't want to wait.
So, I stopped by the local office supply and picked up a copy of Windows 8 Pro.
The install went easier than I anticipated. However, I was shocked, yes! seriously shocked, at all the new things I had to learn.
One thing I can say is.. I have not had any issues with games I have played.
BTW, I have been shopping for a good HTPC case and I have found a beautiful ATX case. But it is missing an external 5.25 drive bay for an optical drive.
It is the Fractal Design Node 605
I have emailed the company asking for a version of this case with an optical drive bay for a bluray burner. So, if you have nothing to do, could you email the company asking for a 5.25 external drive bay also? LOL--
Oh, praise the one who paid my debt;
And raised this life up from the dead.