Ok, I finally finished up benchmarking some apps in between installing software and just playing around. All pics are clickable. Click on the picture for the full resolution.
Here's a shot of the desktop when I started the computer up. Unlike other builders this desktop is what I'd consider clean.
Here's a list of installed software from GraVT. Most of this is good stuff. I also like the fact they preinstalled MS Security Essentials instead of Norton or some other trialware/bloatware.
With the no bloatware installed you'd expect the startup apps to be at a minimum. And it appears that is the case. Good job there GraVT. I've seen a brand new Dell have 20-30 applications in there starting with Windows.
Here's a couple pictures of Computer->Properties and the Computer Performance Ratings.
Hmm... No OEM logo or info in the Computer->Properties Window.
There I fixed it. Kind of wonder why they didn't do that themselves.
I also found this odd. It looks like they installed Windows no less than 3 times before they got it right.
Now for the meat and potatoes. Here are the two machines. My old one and the GraVT. I included a screenshot of each build.
Video settings for the two game runs. I'm monitor limited, so the results were only run at 1680x1050.
And now the results:
Over all I'm really pleased with the build. No bloatware and it came with better than most OEM hardware. Now that I have most of my software installed I'm about to load up my Agility 3 using Acronis and call it a build.
Thanks again to all involved.