I put it together last thursday. Was scared of posting as I've seen some harsh comments in the past. But, a lot of those comments helped me out along the way. There are numerous people here who have helped me out...by answering questions, commenting, and in general contributing to the site. Reading and research finally gave me the confidence to do this. So I figure even if I made bad decisions, I owe it to the other folks creeping on the site so they can learn from my mistakes.
Did a ton of research, couple months worth at least. Shopped for parts for a two weeks period and tried to find deals on everything. I think I did ok. I had a budget of 1400.00 just for the tower but then opted to get a new monitor mouse and keyboard. Did go over, but taken as a whole I think it was still a great deal.
The main reason for the build is gaming. I've been a console gamer since the nintendo stole me away from my commodore 64. I think its time to go back. I also dabble in some novice video editing and just general everyday productivity.
I plan on light overclocking and seeing exactly what this thing can do, but that will come with time so nothing fancy to share on that front. For now I'm just enjoying this beast and what it can do. It is absolutely everything I could have asked for. A huge thanks to the PCPP community for helping me out.
Sorry for the crappy pics. My wife took the camera when she took the kids out for the day so had to use an iPhone. Also made a quick video of the build if anyone is interested...http://youtu.be/-SBHU7GrgcE