So this is the new beast. It's been a long time in the making. I've been looking at parts for over a year. My wife is amazing and started putting aside extra funds from my deployment. As I was nearing the return home, I started watching prices and when something went on sale, I jumped on it. Pretty freaking stoked. I finally went to bed at 3am, lol.
All of the parts and pieces came together pretty well. The only issue I ran in to was the RAM heatsinks are slightly too tall to fit under my Corsair A70 tower cooler when in the 1st channel. Moving them over to the second set of slots worked (just barely, as you can see in the photo).
The Define R4 is an amazing case that came with more screws, pads and features than I could have asked for (which is why I got it). I didn't really need to remove the middle drive cage, but since I didn't need it, and I'm a minimalist when it comes to design, it got the boot.
I've been loading drivers and downloading Wildstar this morning. Once that is done I'll probably install a couple Steam games and start bench marking it. I'll likely OC everything a bit since I have a good cooler and cuz, you know... reasons.
Questions and comments are welcome.
EDIT: First and foremost, thanks to all the supportive comments. It's humbling.
Second, changed the name to something less cliche. I hope this fits.
Third, replied to a couple questions, so feel free to peruse the comments section for answers.
Fourth, Wildstar. Max settings. 60-70 fps out in the wilds... haven't tried the main city yet, but daaaang it's purdy.