So this is my first build I've ever done. I have a history of purchasing computers from places like iBuyPower (Never again). I've always been nervous to build one of my own, but I finally got the ambition to build one after my last computer died a week before I built this one (8/5 - 8/6/2015). Because my wife and I game together, we decided that I should build one asap. So the night after my last computer died, I found myself coming to this site (can't remember how I found it) to research some ideas for builds as a safety net. This is what I came up with. I have no particular rhyme or reason behind the parts besides reading reviews and talking with a buddy of mine for suggestions, and of course reading about other's experiences on this site. The only thing I KNEW coming in to this was that I was going to use Intel and nVidia for this build as I just happen to be a silly fan boy.
Built over two days. Everything except the PSU and RAM came in on 8/5, so I used the PSU and ram from my other pc to test the build, and finished the job on 8/6 when the PSU and ram came in. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and am happy with how it turned out.
I know the PSU is overkill a bit, but I wanted room for expansion as I plan to run SLI within the next few months as well, and with my wife and I doing photography as a side job/hobby, I may or may not get a few more HDDs.
Mainly a gaming PC, will use it for browsing and image editing as well.
I had so much fun that in a few months I'm going to do a build for my wife. She saw how much $$ we saved and so she's going to move away from gaming laptops to her very first, and very own desktop.
Ask any questions you may have.
Added 2 pictures to show inside of case behind HDD bay wall. I left all the bays out to help aesthetic, and albeit VERY little, airflow as well.
Added temp images. One for Furmark and one for a 10 minute 100% CPU load. Note: Everything is stock. No tweaking.