I built this rig to play Wolfenstein, Heretic & Doom MAXED out. It's secondary function is to solve mysteries. It was't until AFTER I had put this build together (my first ever) that I learned that it also plays other titles with ease; such as Planetside2... and will supposedly also max the upcoming Rome2... so that is a nifty bonus.
I was completely torn for a long time if I wanted to wait for Haswell and the 700 / 8000 series cards or not. I started with the PSU ($100), memory, hard drives and case and then kept monitoring the news for Haswell and the 700 / 8000 series cards.... It wasn't until reading Tom's reviews of the upcoming processors performance and an article a couple weeks back that the 700 /8000 series cards wouldn't be out until 2014 that that I decided that the 10 - 15 % performance increase, a wait until June and another year of crappy FPS from my favorite titles (like Wolfenstein) that I just couldn't wait any longer. Plus, I had some pretty serious mysteries to solve, so I put on my big boy pants and pulled the trigger on the MB, processor, cooling (Microcenter) and the video card (Amazon for $425 after rebate).
I went into this build with a budget of $1500 and this site helped me work my way backwards from that (what a great resource!). It allowed me to keep an eye out for good deals and modify my build many times as I acquired parts. I came in $7 over budget, so for what I got, I feel like this build is a success. I aimed at parts for a single monitor setup that had solid reviews, high end performance and the ability to overclock and or upgrade.
** As a side note for the cooler ( in case anyone is interested): I couldn't find a lot of reviews or guides about the H110. In case others find it helpful; the thing is a is an absolute BEAST, but I must say that I was disappointed in how I was forced to configure it in my case (even though the 500r is compatible on their site). Literally the ONLY option I had was to put the fans outside, I opted for the a pull config to exhaust the hot air out. I tried to configure every other way, but it just wouldn't go. So far while stress testing at stock clocks, the machine runs REALLY cool so it appears to be working just fine, there were just several obscenities uttered as I installed and re-installed. I would have liked to put the radiator above with the fans in the chassis in a push (through the rad) although not sure if it would make any temperature difference.
SO... hope you all like it. Let me know if there is any feedback or CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. I plan to start overclocking here soon.
If you're still reading this simply because of the kickass titles that got me addicted to vids in the first place, ... IDKFA or IDDQD... you know what I'm talking about ;)