My main goals for this build are to assemble a fast, cool, and quiet gaming rig that has enough headroom to allow for moderate overclocking as applications become more demanding, all without completely breaking the bank.
I spent a little over a year reading tech articles, reviews, and forums to figure out what I "needed". A huge THANK YOU to PCPartPicker for their wonderful website. This site along with my own patience allowed me to confidently purchase nearly every component at its lowest price of the past 180+ days. I'd like to say this resulted in savings, but the reality is these "savings" funded my fancy GPU! :-)
I've haven't performed any overclocking or benchmarks yet, but the eye and ear tests have been stunning.
I'm currently playing Crysis 3 at max settings and 4xMSAA at 1080p without a hint of stuttering and incredible load times. Same thing with Star Citizen (which is saying something considering the level of detail and current lack of optimizations). Also, I can barely hear anything (tower is two feet away). Star Citizen is enough to turn on the fans, but I really have to put my head right next to the tower to notice.
I was especially excited to run across the ICY DOCK FLEX-FIT Trio 5.25" drive adaptor. I was looking for a clean way to install my 3.5" traditional HDD so that I could completely remove the lower drive cage. This accomplished my original goal while also keeping the 2.5"SSD from having to go on the back of the motherboard tray. It still has another open 2.5" slot. So, I can add and/or remove any of my storage drives without having to completely remove the motherboard from its tray (all while keeping the case as open as possible).
Though I could have just gotten lucky, it's worth mentioning that I haven't experienced any form of coil whine from my Gigabyte G1-Gaming, though I haven't run a benchmark or played any old games yet.
I'll add a few more pictures and benchmarks in the near future.