This is my first legit computer build! all previous systems were prebuilt and i just upgraded their graphics cards, My purpose for this build is to be able to play the latest games and also be able to multitask and be able to edit and work heavily.
To clear confusion Xercules = xeon + hercules, the most signature part here is the Xeon i think,and i love it! it performs well and doesn't heat up at all.
My most questionable choice is the combination of a Z97 motherboard and a locked CPU, i overspent just for the looks and the board is actually decent and has a bunch of good features, also i managed to turn up my CPU's multiplier from 34 (stock) to 38 (max) so i can get a bit more performance across all cores since max turbo on all cores is 3.6 GHz not 3.8 GHz, i can also play with the Base clock and i could potentially get to 4GHz but i'll play it safe since i'm relatively new to overclocking.
Why did i get the gtx 970, well as much as i love AMD, and as much as i think their r9 390 is superior in higher resolutions due to the higher vram, i still couldn't pass up shadow play and CUDA, i'll use this PC for editing as much as i will for gaming, so CUDA helps me with the playback in premiere pro and with render times, and shadow play for various reasons, however since i started with PCs i have an unbroken chain of going back and forth to either brand and to continue this trend my next card has to be AMD.
Also i got the beautiful Corsair graphite 760t used since i was going to get a new 230t for the same price so i said well screw it, the bigger case is definitely better, and i think i made the right choice here even if the beautiful red LED fans in the front ruin the entire color scheme (which is black and white), but i'll be getting some white LED ones to replace them soon so not a big deal.
Many will disagree with my power supply choice, but from what there was in stock where i live i either get this or a 1000 watt EVGA supernova for the price of my processor, so i cut down my losses there, and it's not really that bad, it's semi modular with 80+ silver efficiency, AND the fan has a white LED for some reason but hey i'm not complaining, however either the cables are really short or my case is too big, because cable management was especially difficult because of the short cables.
also NO SSD? i really couldn't fit an SSD because i also had to buy a desk and a monitor so i had to give something up.
If you'd like more be sure to check my video i made of it!