This is my new gaming/photography/programming build.
If you wish to checkout larger versions of the photos, I have a Flickr set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/martcatnoc/sets/72157640408071324/ with upto 1440p size images.
I purchased the parts around Black Friday deals week through New Years 2014 from Amazon, Newegg, NCIX and TigerDirect. I added the second video card around mid January after noticing less-than-satisfactory frame rates in current titles such as Metro Last Light.
The final part I added was the cold cathode red light. I wanted the light to have the same hue as a darkroom safe-light and also look something like molten magma in places. I think the cathode light worked great for that and I prefer it to the light of LED strips which look too bright and uneven to me.
There are a few additions/mods I would like to do in the near future - add a closed water loop, add video card backplates, remove top hdd bays and improve cable management etc. I would also like to attempt a more aggressive overclock atleast for the CPU. I can't seem to go over a 42x multiplier at the moment. I don't know a lot about overclocking but i suspect I might be stuck with a middling cpu overclock due to a bad hand of silicon lottery. The RAM is low latency CL7. I don't know how much difference that makes but its about the fastest I could find for a DDR3-1600.
I have heard great things about the onboard audio on Asus X79 ROG boards but I prefer to have my audio removed from the case entirely. I'm running the audio through a usb to spdif converter and out through a dac to a pair of studio monitors. The display is a Korean 27" S-IPS panel I purchased last year on eBay (Achieva Shimian).
The parts marked $0.00 are mostly things I already owned. I got enough credit card cash back with my parts purchases to cover the price of the blu ray drive, so its marked $0.00 even though I bought it new on Amazon.
The Define R4 case has a great minimalist aesthetic. I wish it had more room to fit in the radiator at the top more comfortably but other than that it looks sophisticated and is nearly silent. I have the h100i fans hooked into the case fan controls and at 7V the SP-120s go dead silent; I can basically hear myself breathing.
Overall, the build was great fun to put together and everything appears to be working great. I recently got myself a 60mm m43 macro lens. The photos of the sli bridge were taken at 1:1 macro. If you like them you can grab larger versions from my Flickr page. They are all CC licensed.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$289.99|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$109.99|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$7.87|
|Motherboard||Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150||$202.24|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$99.12|
|Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$99.12|
|Storage||Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD||$0.00|
|Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$209.99|
|Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM||$119.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX||$509.99|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX||$499.99|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower||$99.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V||$149.99|
|Optical Drive||LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$0.00|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm||$25.99|
|Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm||$18.99|
|Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm||$22.99|
|Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm||$22.99|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Stealth||$94.99|
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical||$49.99|
|Speakers||M-Audio Studiophile AV40 40W 2ch||$0.00|
|Custom||Logisys Dual 12" Cold Cathode Kit - Red||$8.62|
|Musical Fidelity V-LINKII 24bit 96kHz USB to SPDIF Converter||$189.00||(Purchased)|
|FiiO D3 (D03K) Digital to Analog Audio Converter With Micca 6ft Optical Toslink Cable - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC||$29.94||(Purchased)|
|Canon CanoScan 4507B002 LiDE110 Color Image||$58.54||(Purchased)|
|Brother HL2230 Monochrome Laser Printer (HL2230)||$75.04||(Purchased)|
|Professional Individually sleeved DC Cable Kit, Type 3 (Generation 2), WHITE||$79.99|
|Individually Sleeved 24pin ATX Cable (Generation 2), WHITE||$19.99|
|Achieva Shimian QH270 S-IPS panel with LED backlight||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||45.0° C|