This build was my first attempt at my "dream PC". It replaced a PC I had built in 2004 (3.2GHz P4 running 32-bit Windows XP with 4GB DDR2 RAM) using scrap parts I got from work. After doing a few builds for family in early 2012, I decided it was my turn! For the family builds I was working from a specific budget but for mine I wanted to take my time and pick the parts I wanted, not just what the budget allowed. I wanted a solid, fast, stable system capable of anything I'd throw at it (graphics tools, video editing, gaming, etc.) so the i7 was the obvious choice. I got the locked CPU because I don't care about overclocking but didn't pay attention to H77 boards for non-OC builds; lesson learned but doesn't bother me.
Obviously, for a non-OC build the Zalman cooler is more for show than anything. The fact that it works as great as it looks is a bonus; not to mention my PC is silent. The cooler was actually the first part I bought for the build, which led me to choose this case because at the time it had one of the largest unobstructed window panels. WARNING: The Zalman installation is frustrating and may require a cold beer intermission!
Sorry for the quality of the pics; I'm not a master of photography. The first couple were taken during the initial build and the others were taken about a year later when I made some changes to improve cable management and airflow. I moved the SSD to the backside of the 5.25" bay and mounted the HDD underneath the optical drive, leaving the HDD cage (non-removable) empty for better airflow from front to back. This case has no cable management features like the newer cases, so I did my best.
UPDATE Jan'16: Added GTX 960 and doubled RAM...next step, rebuilding in new case with new pics!