About a year ago now (come spring I guess) I had to part with a newly built gaming PC that was absolutely fantastic after less than a month or so of using it. After coming back to my old PC with an AMD Phenom and 9800GTX I knew I had to build another good one sometime again.
With a lot of the same design philosophies in mind as last time, this is the PC that I came up with. The previous build had an InWin Dragonrider case for better cooling, which I loved, but this time I went with the Silverstone Raven RV03B. This case mounts the motherboard sideways so that heat rising from the graphics card doesn't reach the CPU. It also lets the graphics card exhaust from the top of the case (which is where the I/O shield is) and it has 2 giant fans at the bottom to help keep air flow in that direction.
I purchased a Corsair H100 cooler this time instead of the H60 (which was the first time I had used any Corsair cooler). I know some people complain that they have some whizzing noise with the corsair coolers but neither my H60 nor this H100 has had any noise problems. In fact both the previous build and this one are incredibly quiet.. almost silent.
I haven't overclocked it yet because I don't see the need to yet, so at 3.5GHz stock (which is on an Ivy Bridge, so bear in mind that 3.5GHz will yield higher performance than a 3.5GHz Sandy Bridge) I idle around 18-22C and although I haven't run an actual full load program (mostly because I don't know which one to use with the new Ivy Bridge yet) I have been able to run Far Cry 3 on Ultra while having other programs and even another game open without breaking 45C. Far Cry 3 also runs flawlessly on this PC at those settings. Not a single hiccup in FPS or anything.
Also, I chose an i7-3770k and a single stick of 8GB so I could get 3 more 8GB sticks of RAM for some extreme video editing.
My only qualm with this case was that there were 2 workarounds I had to deal with that you might want to take into consideration if you decide to choose the same case. With the motherboard rotated 90 degrees, my SATA ports ended up being in the bottom left side of the case if you were to be facing the side panel. And my SATA DVD Drive is in the very top, front of the case meaning I would need an extra long SATA cable to reach all the way to the ports. I pretty much installed my OS/Drivers with the drive outside of the case where I could reach it with a SATA cable and intend on getting a longer one later.
The other problem I had is that I don't believe the H100 was intended to fit inside this case. I managed to fit it inside the drive bay area after dismantling almost all of the brackets. I was able to get it screwed into that area for the most part, but it needs some special modification to be fully mounted. Also I couldn't get in there currently by putting both fans for the H100 on the same side of it, so if you see the H100 in one of the photos with a fan only on the bottom of it, know that the other fan is on the top of the H100 on the opposite side. This also meant that I had to install my hard drives on the back of the case (another great design by this manufacturer), as you can see by the picture with the Samsung SSD. I also have a mechanical drive mounted on the back as well, and there is room for 3 more drives I believe.
Overall though I'm very pleased with this PC build, and pretty happy I got a chance to build another one. As for pricing bear in mind that I also bought all of these parts over the holiday. I got at least 4 of them in combo deals saving me 15$ or more and I bought every other part at a discounted price. The price you see also includes a Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse/Operating System for about ~$460.