Please note that prices below are spread out over a 6 month purchase period. Yes I know the 770 is much cheaper now, but I bought it in July of 2013.
I have added and replaced a few parts including the PSU and a couple additional drives
I plan on using this build primarily for CS6, Lightroom, Premiere (photo and video editing). I opted for the 4770K for hyper-threading and the 16GB RAM should be very helpful. I went with Micro ATX since I wanted a slightly smaller form factor and I don't have the need for all of the PCI slots on a regular ATX board. I play a lot of Battlefield 4, Farcry, Warthunder, and Kerbal Space Program with this rig.
Building was not as easy as I thought it might be, but it was very enjoyable! Installing the H100i and fans in pull as an exhaust was a giant pain in the ass, but it should be very easy to clean now (I just have to point a vacuum inside at the top of the case and vacuum off the radiator surface). Mounting the pump and block to the CPU was super easy and I love how Corsair designed it. By far the hardest part of the build was cable management. I tried as hard as I could to keep it clean, but the SATA power cables were just awful to work with; I finally found a solution that looks okay, but I plan on improving it soon with full sleeving.
My previous computer for the last 41/2 years has been a 13" Macbook Pro with a Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD and some low-end laptop Nvidia card. The difference between using the two is astonishing; I have never used anything this powerful before. Games look incredible with my 770 and I might not have to add a second one for a while. My 4770k's idle temps are around 27-30C and just above 50 under loads which is awesome, and the 16GB of RAM and my SSD make applications lightning fast. (My boot time is around 6-8 seconds with some tweaking!) Windows 8 is awesome, and with some tweaking and customization I really love the MetroUI for simple stuff, but the whole OS feels super fast and slick; I love it.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$329.00||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150||$169.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$114.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 850 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$109.00||(Purchased)|
|Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD||$129.99||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM||$120.00||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$66.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX||$419.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower||$104.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$119.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||$20.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Acer H236HLbid 23.0"||$129.99||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0||$15.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Silverstone AP123 31.4 CFM 120mm||$13.00||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K70||$119.99||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Logitech G9x Wired Laser||$70.00||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||Sennheiser HD 380 Pro||$130.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Schiit Audio Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor||$99.00||(Purchased)|
|Schiit Audio Magni Headphone Amplifier||$99.00||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.9GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||27.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||55.0° C|