First off I want to say thanks to skemble and this awesome site! Thanks to NeweggTV (Paul especially with his awesome videos), Linus Tech Tips, and JJ from Asus as well. I've been turned into an Asus fan boy...lol.
Other than gaming, I'll be using this rig while I'm in school for game design.
This build started off on a sort of whim and then became a mission, lol. After researching and researching and researching for about a month I bought the bulk of my parts. I probably watched 10 build videos before I even had my parts, lol. I bought most of my parts from Newegg or Amazon with free 2 day shipping from Shoprunner and Amazon Prime. I got everything except a graphics card initially (see below). I finished the main build about two weeks ago but I've been tinkering with it, cleaning it up, and adding some cosmetic extras ever since. The build took about 2.5 hours and went pretty smoothly (all those videos paid off). I had only 2 issues. One where the last motherboard standoff screw would not thread correctly and got stuck. I ended up having to take all the other screws out so I could get the board out with the stuck screw and standoff attached. Then I used pliers to hold the standoff while I unscrewed the expletive screw. The pre-build outside the case posted fine, but it wouldn't post initially once I had everything together. Turned out to be an issue with the RAM, which really wasn't an issue (see below). Cable management was pretty easy with the flat, black RM850 cables and the sleeved cables I got later. I'm really happy with how it turned out, but I'm not done yet though. I'll be adding a water-cooling kit from XSPC in a month or two. The computer-building bug has bitten me and I love it! I've gotten some good ideas for the future after looking at some of the builds on here and the Cooler Master Stryker/Trooper Club on overlcock.net.
Case: I saw this case and just loved it! I still looked at a bunch of other cases, but kept coming back to the Stryker. It was the first thing I bought before I even had my parts list finalized, lol.
CPU: Since I will be using the computer for editing and wanted to overclock, I went with the 4770k. I've overclocked it to 4.3GHz and run it through Aida64 and Prime95. Remained stable with 16hours of prime95 and 24 hours of Aida64 with temperatures peaking at 71 C, an average of 64 C and idle at 33 C. It seems like I got a a fairly good chip. Once I get some water-cooling on it, I'll really test it out.
CPU Cooler: I got Hyper 212 EVO free from a buddy of mine. Easy to install and does the job for now. I will be replacing it with a Raystorm D5 Photon AX240 Water Cooling kit in the near future.
Motherboard: This was probably the second hardest part to decide on. I knew I wanted a red and black color scheme and I wanted a good board for overclocking. I didn't want to spend too much more than $200 on one so the Maximus VI Hero fit perfectly. Plus with me being new to overclocking and all, the Asus UEFI is awesome.
PSU: Since I plan on adding another 780 and water-cooling down the road, I went for 850W. I had read about the coil whine some PSU's develop after some time. All the reviews I read mentioned how this was built to reduce that. I know I could have gotten something cheaper, but I really wanted a quiet PC and I am really happy with the RM850. And it really is silent!
Memory: I was originally going to buy some DDR3-1600 sticks, but these were on sale for cheaper than all the other black or red ones. Initially one of them wasn't being recognized. Thankfully after some re-adjustment it worked. Honestly I think I got lucky and it decided to just work, lol. Even when I switched the positions it still showed the one stick wasn't being read properly. Fourth time was the charm I guess.
Storage: I had a Dell gift card lying around and used it to get the 840 EVO essentially free. Talk about fast! My system boots up in 7-10 seconds. I will definitely be getting more at some point. The WD Blue is nice as well, but I want more SSD, lol.
GPU: One of my last purchases and I am very glad I waited. I went about a week using the integrated graphics, which wasn't too bad (actually it was), but WOW what an amazing difference. I was going to get the GTX 770 first then the R9 280x. I decided instead to wait since the 290x wasn't out yet. I figured the prices would change once AMD released that and boy did they! Got my Asus card as soon as it was back in stock (sold out the first two days...) I had watched several unboxings and reviews beforehand, but I was still surprised by the size of it. IT'S HUGE! Figuring out my water-cooling setup is going to be a bit tougher now. I’m an Assassin’s Creed fan too so I can’t wait to play Black Flag.
Fans: Keeping with the quiet PC theme, I got all Corsair quiet edition fans. The SP120s are on my 212 EVO. I accidently got the 3pin ones first, then ordered the PWM versions for better control through my motherboard. Just saving the other ones for later (2nd radiator for GPU blocks). They are absolutely fantastic! I wanted LED fans and luckily Corsair came out with theirs while I was still getting my list together. They look great and really move some air.
Monitor: 24" IPS monitor I got an absolutely awesome deal through Newegg. Games look amazing on it. I have it paired with an older dell monitor. I'll be replacing the dell with a 27" 1440p Korean monitor after the holidays.
Extras: The Razer Naga was an open box I snagged from Newegg and it works perfectly! There was absolutely nothing missing from the box and I have to say Rift and Tera are soooo much better with it. I wanted some more lighting so I picked up an NZXT Hue. It’s nice and all, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I may be sending it back after a few days, we’ll see. The NZXT Sentry 2 on the other hand is great! I had mine done with red sleeving from FrozenCPU (had to match, lol). I’ve just been using the touch screen controls, which work perfectly for all 5 fans. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fan controller.
Hope you guys enjoy the build. I'll be updating it as I add on. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer as best as I can.
Friendly tip for future builders! If you can, sign up for the ShopRunner trial for free 2 day shipping from Newegg. You can sign up for the 30-day trial, use it once, then logon to cancel it. If you do that it, a screen should come up saying they'll extend it to 90 days AND if you use it 3 times within those 90 days, they extend the trial to 1 year at NO CHARGE! You get free return shipping as well! I know it came in very handy, as I didn't have to wait around for one part being shipped slowly. Also ShopRunner is connected to quite a few other stores (like Dominos), so if you use any of them as well it's doubly or triply or quadruply (you get the idea) worth it.