After about a year of buying and selling computer parts, I think I'm finally done for a while. This could be considered an upgrade, but after I looked back and realized how much had changed, I decided to post this as a whole new build.
Most of the parts are were bought at Microcenter, during black Friday, or through the Amazon Warehouse (Open box or lightly used). Keep in mind that I did sell all of my original parts to soften the cost of the new ones.
CPU - 3570k -> 3770k | This upgrade was purely to speed up video render times. Hyper-threading isn't a night and day difference, but it was certainly worth the extra money. So next time you tell someone they should have got the i5, think of me... The guy who bought the i5 and ended up needing the i7.
Memory - 8GB -> 16GB | Again for video work. Honestly would have gone for 32GB if I could do it again. Unfortunately ram is just so expensive right now, so 16GB will have to do.
Cooler - Hyper 212 -> h100i | I was looking for a cooler, quieter solution that would also be ascetically pleasing. The h100i has too good of a track record to ignore. Pretty easy choice here.
GPU's - 7970 -> SLI 770's | Sold the 7970 to fund one 770 and the extra ram. The second... Well the second I just bit the bullet on. I know most people will say the 780ti would be the better choice, but for me the SLI setup just made more sense.
Price. I was able to get both of the cards for right at $600. I couldn't justify trying to sell the 770 for a loss and paying the difference for a less powerful card.
Games. My main game is Battlefield. A game that scales well with SLI. The 770's outperform here. Also the main reason I can justify getting the two cards. Achieving 120 + FPS while having the all of the eye candy requires a lot of power.
Case - Thermaltake -> Fractal Design | My Thermaltake was a nice case, but the thing just rattled and made so much noise. The R4 is another one of those items that has great ratings for a reason. Extremely quiet all while looking amazing and providing excellent cable management. I honestly spent about 15 mins on cable management and ended up with what you see.
Monitor - Dell 60hz -> Asus 144 Hz | Once you go 144 Hz you will never go back. I guarantee it. You won't even want to go outside anymore. For me FPS > Resolution. When ever a 1440p - 120 Hz monitor is an affordable price, I'll consider upgrading. Until then, 1080p works for me.
OS - Win 7 -> Win 8.1 - Available for free through Dreamspark (School). I actually don't mind 8. Just installed classic shell and was up and running in no time. Not sure why it gets such a bad rap - works fine for me.
Everything else is from my old build. Feel free to ask about any of the other parts!