Finally getting around to posting this build. All the important bits were bought near the end of December and build was done in the beginning of January. It is a first build and it's meant to be pretty multi-purpose (games, large personal programming projects, game/web servers, file graveyard). I'm a software engineer by day and I moonlight as a superhero. Ok ok maybe not... at least not the superhero part. I've got no fancy stories to serenade you with so onto the build XD
I set a budget of $2000 for the computer itself minus additional fans and accessories. I'm happy I was able to stay under budget. I don't plan on doing another build for a couple years unless this one decides to give up the ghost before its time. I'm also not really a huge believer in future-proofing, so I didn't go all out with an i7-4930K and GTX 780 Ti.
|CPU||Fast enough for anything I'll ever be doing. Adaptive voltage is great since I leave my PC on 24/7. Overclocked to 4.5 GHz at 1.25 V.|
|CPU Cooler||Quiet and works very well. Went for the H110 over H100i for the extra fin area since I have 140 mm fans on the top. Keeps typical max load temperatures down to around 70 C on all cores. No full custom liquid cooling loop because I can't justify the cost.|
|Mobo||Solid. Lots of features and almost every option imaginable in the BIOS.|
|RAM||Great looking set of RAM. It's a nice metallic red so it matches the mobo.|
|Storage||SSD is MLC flash. Lasts longer and faster than TLC. Went with a reasonable amount of storage since it's main purpose is as a boot drive and for small programs. HDD is a WD Black series. This is for larger applications and mass storage.|
|Video Card||Wanted something powerful enough for three 1080p monitors. Only other requirements were low noise and heat. The ACX cooler is extremely quiet. Under full load the fans don't go past 60% and temps stay at 70 C.|
|Case||Absolutely monolithic. Far bigger than I imagined. Very well made and extremely build friendly. Lots of flexibility. Great cable management.|
|PSU||Quiet, efficient, and reliable. Fully modular so very easy to work with the cables. Hybrid fan mode completely shuts down the fan when under 30% load.|
|OS||Good old Windows 8.1. Planning on hosting a Linux VM as well.|
|Network Adapter||Modem and router are in a different room so can't use the onboard gigabit Ethernet. Opted instead for 802.11ac 867 mbps. This is just for quickly copying files around the network. Might get a NAS set up in the future too to stream videos and store backups so the speed will help there too.|
|Monitors||Affordable 23'' IPS panels. They are glossy, but the panel is made of edge-to-edge glass (not plastic) that sits very close to the display so once they're turned on you can't really see any reflections at all. I looked at a few similar models such as the Asus MX239h but the matte finish really cut down the vibrancy of the colors.|
|Keyboard||Nice clean mechanical keyboard. Cherry MX brown switches. No flashy LEDs. No fancy drivers.|
|Mouse||The most comfy mouse I have ever used. Ergonomic beyond imagination. Soft touch finish. No fancy drivers here either. I like plug-and-play as you can probably tell.|
Some future additions are speakers and a sound card. For the sound card, I'm opting for an external DAC instead. I originally was looking at the Creative SoundBlaster ZxR, but after learning the existence of external DACs, I realized the plug-and-play solution works better for me. Speakers are on the way. I'll update again once I have both the speakers and DAC.
Thanks for looking.