I wouldn't have touched W8 with a barge pole if the hacks weren't there. And yes, I did give it a real good shot in it's native state. In fact at the moment I'm running it purely in native state to double check I haven't missed anything. So every job I do on my flagship with W7, I repeat on my backup machine with W8 and Metro.

Not sure myself exactly why I bought it? Probably for increased speed due to stripping out of OS. But as you say, with SATA3 SSD HD, high performance CPU & mobo, 12GB RAM, and 3 SLI linked graphic cards on my W7 machine .... only real difference is boot up/shut down times. And that is not a high priority on my wish list.