Tl;dr: Gundam: My PC build + home theater masterpiece
This was my first build. It was completed back in April 2013. The parts were picked over several weeks in March and was pieced together in weeks following. For months after my build, I had totally forgotten to post my build on here. I felt that this was ironic due to the fact that this site and looking at many other people's builds is what helped me start out to begin with. I pretty much have to just say thank you to everyone on here. So many people don't know it, but they helped me greatly in my build's coming together. Also, I would like to give a shout out to the many forums out there, such as, but especially Tom's hardware ;D and places like Anandtech.
Through the photos, you'll see various shots of how far this PC has come. It's gone from one apartment to the next, and it's even accumulated a bit of dust through the front intake... I'm only reminded after posting photos of it so I'll get to cleaning that. But yeah, in the photos there's some highlights. Namely: Zelda and Pokemon stuff, 60" TV, a coffee mug with Link on it, a creeper head plush my sister made for me, my old laptop, an AU camelbak, a Pikachu, Zubat, a Togepi and a Pokeball. And the computery stuff like: the bench test, the BIOS screen, the modding and fusing of a HDD and the LED's controller, the adding of the LED's, the pedestal I built just for the Gundam to sit on away from the dirty floor, the bootscreen that welcomes you as a Gundam Pilot -- yeah that stuff.
I did my fair share of O.C.-ing but decided to do just a little bit of one. I decided on 1866MHz, CAS latency 9, dual-channel RAM for many reasons. The price vs performance ratio will drop the higher you go past 1600MHz, but since 1866MHz was one notch up, I went with it. The 1866MHz RAM was O.C.-ed to 2133MHz. 2133MHz is slightly more noticeable over 1600MHz than 1866MHz. Depending on what I'm doing, which has been bitcoin-mining at one time or another, I O.C. the Radeon 7950 usually around 1000MHz to 1100MHz. I leave the i7 O.C.-ed at 4.2GHz. I could do up to 4.6GHz but because it's not needed for my uses and I wish to prolong the longevity of the components a bit, I've left it at a small overclock. One day I would like to do a mineral oil based build and do a insane overclock.
The system is silent. The case definitely helps. During normal use it actually blows cool air out the back. 4 SP fans in a push pull intake on the H100i in the front and 1 normal intake fan on the bottom brings in a huge airflow of cool air from outside the case. The only exhaust is the 1 rear AF 140mm fan, thus keeping a positive pressure inside of the case also ridding the system of any hot air. Positive pressure is important when keeping dust out, and the system clean.
The NZXT LED's are nice and were pretty fun to work with, especially when sneaking the 2TB HDD behind it. I was worried about it at first but the HDD actually stays cooler than the SSD. From photos you'll notice the SSD is placed behind the Mobo. It stays at max of around 40 C back there. It's temps are around that of the CPU's, given they're near each other.
I use this PC for home theater use to simple browsing to gaming to even coding. I sometimes even use CAD and 3D modeling software for school. To keep me future-proof, I built it to be well-rounded and it indeed is. I mean come on, it's hooked up to a 60" LED TV - it's going to be awesome no matter what. ....now all I need is to do 180 inches of EYE FINITY :D Say whutt. I would break the bank.
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244 after taxes @ Microcenter)
Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($91.99 @ Newegg after $10 MIR)
Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($177.00 @ Microcenter after 2-year warranty and taxes)
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($103.49 @ Newegg after %10 off Promo)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg; comes with Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite)
Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.45 @ NCIX US)
Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Newegg)
SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg after $36 instant savings + $20 MIR)
Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.99 @ Newegg + 25 Blu-Ray Discs ($15.00 value))
ASUS SPDIF Optical and RCA Out Plate Cable Bracket ($13.58)
NZXT HUE RGB LED Controller ($32.99)
Keyboard: Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard ($68.60 @ Amazon)
Left-angle SATA 6Gbps data cables x2 $9.58 @ Newegg
Left-angle SATA power adapter cables x2 $5.86 @ PCH Cables
Fan Splitter x3 $11.07 @ Newegg
PWM Fan extender x2 $9.98 @ Newegg
10ft Coaxial SPDIF/RCA Cable $5.14 @ Amazon
Full Retail Total: $2,202.07 Total after taxes and so forth: $1,620.65 Savings if coming from Full Retail: $581.42 Estimated actual real-world savings: somewhere between $300-$400 PC Total: $1,620.65
Free or already had:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($Free from a friend) (~$140 value)
Mouse: Razer Naga Epic Wireless Laser (17 button MMO gaming mouse) ($129.99 value)
Total cost: FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Total valued price: ~$270
Samsung UN60ES6003 60" LED HDTV ($1297.97 + $250 4-year warranty + S&H = $1547.97 @ TigerDirect)
KRK RP6G2 Rokit G2 Studio Monitors x2 ($399.99 @ Amazon; comes with two stands and XLR cables)
Matrix Mini-I DAC/Pre-Amp ($315.99 @ Tam Audio) (Used for XLR balanced connection between source and studio monitors)
PC Total: $1,620.65 PC Total Full Retail Value: $2,202.07 HT Total: $2,364.78 HT Full Retail Value: +$3,000 Free or already had-Total: FREE! Free stuff's Retail Value: ~$270 Total: $3,916.83 Full Retail Value Total: $5,477.07