I just wanted something that could handle any 1080p high-setting games that come down the pike. I built it for my mother and she has grandchildren who like to game when they visit for extended periods. I also wanted high-utility multi-threaded goodness for whatever apps may come. I went with the 2700 because the price had dropped down to the $220 range from the $290's. The only over-clocking done, if you can call it that, is enabling D.O.C.P. on the motherboard to get the RAM up to 3200 mHz so I stuck with the cooling fans that came with the motherboard and CPU. I messed up on the 2 TB SATA drive. The case has a place for internal 3.5 inch drives, and I managed to put it in backwards, causing the clearance from the SATA cable to be insufficient, damaging the SATA connector on the drive when I closed the case. You can see in the picture, the SATA connectors should properly face AWAY from the camera. Doh! Otherwise a very smooth build. I really like the feel of the RedDragon keyboard. I hope nobody misses the 10-key pad. I went a little high on the RAM thinking I may want to host a test VM. The whole thing is at my mother's house, I will put in some temperatures when I visit. Overall though, very quiet and cool-running.