This is now my primary machine for coding; it is super fast (12 sec boot time in Win 7 64-bit) and quiet.
In retrospect, I should have gotten a more powerful CPU that supports overclocking since the MSI mobo does a nice job at configuring voltage, fan speed, frequencies, etc.
Installing the massive CPU fan was a pain since it required assembling the fan (which is configurable for 3 socket sizes) and it does bump up against RAM that isn't low-profile (I'm currently using only 2/4 slots, so had I installed 4 that would have been problematic). I'll eventually swap it for a water-cooled unit with a sleeker profile so I can add 16 more GBs of RAM. Any suggestions?
I got the CPU and motherboard as a bundle for $247 at Fry's, so I saved $60 had I bought them independently. I absolutely the red/blue lights on the fans, and the red cathode light.
Originally, the PSU was a Raidmax 730Z, so I swapped it out for a Corsair RM650 that's more reliable ($78 from Fry's), and completely modular (new pics coming soon).
One of the best deals was the 120 SSD for $60 (I bought 2 of them during Black Friday in 2012 and had been saving them until a moment such as this). The cherry on top was the ultra wide 2560x1080 monitor for $400 during 2013 Black Friday from Amazon (it had been hovering around $550 weeks before). This is absolutely crucial as a developer, and soon I want to get 2 more monitors to complete the full immersion effect.
Nov 2013: "I'm waiting for the graphics card prices to drop after the Litecoin frenzy to get a Radeon HD 7850 or better."
April 2014: "I just bought the Radeon HD 7950 OC'ed 925 MHz for $210 from Newegg."
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core||$200.00||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Vortex Plus 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$25.00||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150||$47.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$140.00||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD||$60.00||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$140.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB||$210.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower||$35.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$78.00||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer||$22.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Dell U2913WM 29.0"||$400.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Aerocool Shark 120mm Red 82.6 CFM 120mm||$13.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Red LED sunlight stick||$6.98||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||40.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|