My first PC was an IBM XT. I think my first build was a 386. I've been building PCs for a long time but a while ago I switched to Macs because they had (and still have) the best laptops anywhere.
With the announcement of the Mac Pro I've been waiting for, I decided the trash can wasn't for me. I built a hackintosh instead.
My original GPU purchase was an R9 280x but it arrived with only one working DVI port. The day I returned it, the 780s dropped $150 in price so I picked those up instead. Everything went in fairly well and I'm amazed each time I load it up and look at the new screens. Previously my Macbook Air was driving two 24" on its own but with one over USB.
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS:
Q: How fast does it go?
A: I haven't been able to bog it down yet. I play Skyrim and racing games like Grid 2 at 5760 x 1200 and it is smooth as butta.
Q: Why so much SSD?
A: I like fast drives. The 1TB is OS X Mavericks and the Intel is Win 8.1.
Q: Where is all your **** storage?
A: 16TB of ZFS sitting next to it in the Mediasonic box.
Q: Why not socket 2011?
A: This machine spends 90% of its time as a Mac and the 1150 motherboards are better supported. I might change to 2011 when the Mac Pro comes out but probably not.
Q: Can you hear it when it runs?
A: No. Under load I'll turn the fans up and then it is slightly audible.
Q: Why so much RAM?
A: Because VMs.