Wireless Network Adapter
I work in motion graphics, video editing, photo editing, etc and also play a game or two when I can. Main goals for the build: quiet, aesthetically pleasing and well-balanced for my usage.
CPU/Motherboard - found these for sale together on Craigslist. I am always wary about buying used, but I was able to test both and verify everything was working. Don't care about overclocking, so non-K is the way.
Memory - this kit popped up on sale with a coupon code, so I jumped on it. 32GB, to me, is the minimum for a video editing rig, but it's also the max the motherboard can handle.
Graphics - found this 780 on eBay for a killer deal and it still has a year and a half of warranty on it. Will handle any game at this point, but more importantly has plenty of CUDA cores for Adobe to take advantage of. I dismantled, cleaned and reapplied thermal paste and it's running fairly cool. I also plasti-dipped the silver accents to match the gold accent theme. I'm watching ebay for a backplate to go up for sale, and that will be the final touch.
Power Supply - this unit was just recently released by EVGA and got a good review on JonnyGuru.com, has ECO mode for low-load silence, semi-modular cables, a 5 year warranty and it's 80+ Gold. Got it on sale plus rebate. My main complaint is that the branding on it sucks. I don't know why, but EVGA doesn't seem to give a rip about decent-looking branding (I've used many of their units, low and high tier). I removed the side sticker (which came crooked anyway) and made it an SSD mount. Works.
Case - The Enthoo Pro M, to me, has all the things I want in a case: psu basement (while maintaining view of the power supply itself), excellent cable management, open design, plenty of expandability, and an enormous window. The sheet metal was a bit thin all around, noticed just moving around the case that there is a lot of give to the various panels. I'm ok with it, but it's not my favorite for a ~$100 case. I still give this case a 9/10, it's really, really nice with a lot of primo (pun intended) features. It comes with two 3-pin 140mm fans that have good reviews, but I opted for PWM Fractal Venturi fans as a replacement.
CPU cooler - there aren't a lot of black cpu coolers. I like that this has full compatibility with tall memory and also looks really clean with the fan sandwiched between both towers. I was pleasantly surprised how easy installation was. Replaced the stock fan with an Enermax PWM fan for aesthetics. I realized that the included PWM 140mm has removable blades, so I might get around to plasti-dipping the frame black at some point and using it in the future.
Fans - they're PWM, black and silent. My only complaint is that the mounting corners instead of having rubber covered corners instead are completely rubber. It's great for sound dampening, but not great for a secure mounting job; since they're fully rubber, the screws don't tighten down at all. I chose the Enermax fan specifically for modding, as almost the whole thing disassembles. We'll see how it performs since it's not a static pressure optimized fan. I may end up throwing the Phanteks fan back in eventually.
OS - I might make the free upgrade to 10 down the road, but I'm still a Windows 7 guy. I bought the Refurbished Builder DVD on Amazon at a great price.
HDDs - WD Green from my old build, Deskstar was bought used with the CPU/Motherboard combo.
SSDs - Got the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB because I wanted a big SSD for OS/Adobe/Games without having to redirect downloads/docs to other drives, etc. This drive is basically the best you can get, and I didn't want to trust mission critical to another manufacturer. The SanDisk Z400s was free with a separate, qualifying purchase, can't say no to that. The two Samsung 840s are from my last build.
Wireless Adapter - brought over from last build and plasti-dipped to match my theme.
Extensions - went with some kinda pricey (to me) sleeved psu extensions from Silverstone. Wanted the look, but I didn't wanna do it myself.
Mods - I did a bit of custom plasti-dip modding to get the look I was going for. Black plasti-dip on the I/O shield, gold plasti-dip on the graphics card accents, Phanteks case badge, PCI slot covers and the wireless adapter. I didn't want to spend bookoo bucks on the hdd/ssd trays, so I used 3M double-sided tape to mount 3 of the SSDs inside the case.
Cable management and clean appearance was/is a high priority, so I spent quite a bit of time. I'll probably add some LEDs at some point, but the big window let's a lot of light in at this point.
Thanks for lookin'!