I've finally been able to put together a relatively high-end build after many years of being a poor student and working/gaming on various laptops without discrete graphics! I wanted to keep my build under $3000 CAD. As you can see, I failed, but I was so close :S
This rig's utilization will be 75% gaming 25% CATIA with F@H in its downtime.
Part choices and justifications:
4770k: moar threads for moar ppd :D but I didn't want to go with an LGA2011 hexcore because that would catapult this build into the next tax bracket.
NHU14S: I wanted compatibility with the dominator platinums and wanted to keep with the 14cm fan theme. Call me crazy, but I kinda like the Noctua color scheme. As you can see in the above pics: the memory fits, but just barely.
Maximus VI Formula: I wanted the ability to add a couple expansion cards if the mood struck me. Integrated wireless, sound solution, ROG features, and awesome looks pointed me to this board.
Dominator Platinum: I just plain like the looks of these :P and I wanted to be able to upgrade to 32gb for large CAD assys, RAM disk, and virtual machines. 1866 because the price difference was negligible vs 1600.
840 EVO: good price/performance ratio. Might get another and RAID0 them if I can find a good price on a second one
3TB greens: I had these laying around from an old NAS. They're mirrored because data redundancy makes me smile.
780Ti: When I was planning this build I originally budgetted for a 780 which at the time was ~$660. An extra $100 on the budget to get to the bleeding edge was a no brainer. I ordered the ACX cooler'd model. Now just need to get EVGA to ship my damn card!
Fractal R4: I wanted a quiet case with lots of HDD bays, decent airflow, reasonable cost, subtle design, and dust filters. The Define R4 checked all those boxes. I've got the Fractal case fans in the back and bottom positions and the NF-A14s in the front two positions. You can hardly hear this rig running, even when folding at full throttle.
PSU: 860w platinum is way overkill for this system as it sits but I want it to run cool and quiet and be able to SLI in the future if I get the hankering.
Shine 3: I tried this at my local NCIX and fell in love. I haven't bought it yet though, suggestions for other KBs (white backlight only) to check out?
G602: Wired mice are the bane of my existence, Logitech makes good stuff. (Haven't purchased this yet)
COP's: These are my do everything headphones, comfy and they sound good. Might upgrade to a proper gaming headset eventually.
U2713HM: I was originally planning on a 24" high-refresh gaming panel but this went on sale and I couldn't resist. It bumped me over my $3k cap but I think it's worth it. 27" of 1440 IPSy goodness. So purrty.
Will update with more pictures and info when the GPU shows up and gets installed. I'm kicking around buying the Corsair pre-sleeved PSU cable kit but it seems kinda expensive and relegates the stock cable kit to the overflowing cable drawer. I've read some tutorials for sleeve-your-own. I understand it's time consuming, tedious work. Is it worth it to sleeve myself? About how long would it take a person with slightly above average technical ability to do them up?
Comments, likes, and suggestions are appreciated!
*Update 27 Nov 13*****
Tidied up cable management and snapped a couple fresh pics! Looks much tidier IMO.. Just need to fill up that gaping hole at the first PCIE slot O_o
*Update 22 Dec 13*****
Graphics card showed up at the beginning of the month and got installed! Also bought a blu-ray player on Black Friday for ~$50. Finally snapped a picture with the 780ti. This thing is a beast, it maxes out everything with great fps. Super happy with my build. Glamour shots of completed machine to follow after Christmas!
*Update 1 Feb 14***** NCIX finally got the Shine 3 back in stock in the switch/backlight combo I wanted. Brown switches, white LEDs. It should show up next week!