Primary uses: photo editing in Photoshop, web development, gaming, some media storage
My last build was about 8 years ago. Since I probably won't be building another machine for probably another 8 years or so, I decided to pull out as many stops as I could. But I thought I would try to shave off a little here and there.
First, and easiest decision, was to reuse my two 22" Samsung monitors that I bought in 2010. No, they're not cutting edge, but they're still in great shape and have a sharp picture. Next I'm reusing my old Logitech mouse and keyboard. They still work and are responsive enough when gaming, so I figure why toss out something that still functions. My last, and probably unsuccessful decision, was to recycle my old Lian Li case. It's a mid-tower and in excellent condition, so I thought it'd be fine for the new build. What I didn't consider was the physical size of modern video cards. What was cutting edge in my last build, only took up half of the width of the motherboard. I was a bit dismayed to see the GTX 980 was nearly 3/4 the width of the whole case and butts up against the hard drive bay. While the cage could hold five standard drives, there's no room between the vid card and the drives for the cables so I'm limited to one right now. Plus, as can be seen in the pictures, there isn't quite enough ventilation and exhaust ports for a modern cooler. Finally, without pass-throughs in the motherboard tray, cable management is tough so please excuse the rough wiring. Because of all of this, I do see getting a new case in my future. So let this be a lesson to you kids: modern toys require a modern toybox.
Some build notes: First, I decided to go with the 2011-3 because Microcenter had a decent price for the 5820k and X99 Deluxe bundle. So I decided to just go for it.
The Phantek cooler not only covers all the memory, but the M.2 port as well. So I decided to place the fans to pull air through the cooling towers instead of pushing it through as would be expected. So far I haven't seen any negative effects of this.
I read a few reviews that mentioned having problems getting high speed cards like DDR4-3000 to work reliably on the X99 Deluxe. I was originally going to go with the DDR4-2133 but the Crucial 2400 went on sale so I opted for those. I also wanted low profile cards because I knew the Phantek was going to cover them. The Ballistix fit the bill perfectly.
I LOVE the Samsung 850 Pro SSD as my boot drive. Where have you been all my life? Finally, boot times I can tolerate. I mounted mine in the 3.5" bay with a universal drive bracket I had laying around. I'm not thrilled with it since the drive's screw holes only line up on two slots in the bracket and would probably recommend a proper tray adapter instead for the 3.5" bay if your case doesn't have a dedicated mounting point for an SSD.
I decided on a single video card for now and may try SLI later. So I decided to really treat myself and went with the GTX 980.
Decided to go with the EVGA 850 G2 PSU for two reasons: 1) If I want to run another vid card in SLI later 2) it was on sale.
Windows 8.1 pro was the easiest OS install I've ever had. I set up some of my profile information, literally walked away to make dinner, when I came back my computer was on my home screen.
My listed prices are mostly sale prices and what I paid after rebate.