Although I didn’t get any blue screens while in use, I got them intermittently while shutting down. However, the USB drop-outs were still a right pain. For example, when a USB HDD dropped out, any file-explorer related window would hang for a minute or two as Windows would continue trying to access the affected volume. GIMP was the worst affected as it would completely hang once any USB drive dropped out, losing what I was working on.
My HP has some unusual model of SSD, probably something OEM specific as I find little from a web search. Even the latest CrystalDiskInfo update has trouble reading its info. This PC has certainly been used more than 2 hours since I got it and certainly did not go through those claimed read/write figures!
For a PC that is almost dead silent, I’m surprised how well it keeps the drives cool. My room temperature is 24C. Drive ‘W’ is a Seagate 4TB desktop HDD I added, which was very straight forward - Pull off the case side with its lever, pull out the HDD cage, drop the HDD in, push the cage back in, attach the cables and snap the case cover back in place. I wish my last PC was that simple! Drive ‘G’ is the Seagate external 8TB, which shows just how ineffective its case is for ventilation.
The i7 7700K is rather extreme for my needs, but I figured I’ll future proof it and the HEVC hardware decoding could come in handy later. Hopefully the Windows 7 support does not get too problematic as I do need to run Windows 7 in VirtualBox for editing older publications. I have a lot of old publications at work that don’t open properly in Office 2016 and which would take a lot of time to reformat. So I have Windows 7 with Office 2010 installed in a VirtualBox to let me edit the older publications.