Hello, [your username], this is Merkava. Merkava, this is [your username]. By tradition, I used to name all of my Linux systems after various tanks. In a search for a fine fitting tank name, my roommate stumbled upon 'Merkava', Hebrew for "chariot". This stuck, because long live The Chariot.
This machine was built for some light gaming and for use with virtual Linux machines and programming. I would play more games, but I'm a student without enough time on my hands to really get into any.
So there's a bit of imbalance in my parts list, which I will explain. First of all, the 32GB of memory certainly needs addressing. First, I got an incredible deal for 16GB of RAM (the red sticks) for $88 off of Amazon. However, the shipment had issues and Amazon told me my package was lost in the mail, so they sent me the black sticks as a replacement (they no longer stocked the red RAM). However, the red RAM mysteriously showed up. Upon contacting Amazon, they told me to keep both sticks because they no longer stocked the red RAM. Good guy Amazon. Secondly, I was looking at Seasonic's 620W power supply at $60 and managed to get another 230W for just $10 more. My excuse is future proofing, which is clearly bull.
My budget was the $900-$1000 dollar range, and managed to get it all for $965 after rebates. If all of the parts were purchased right now (November 17, 2013), PCPartPicker claims it would cost $1300. I'm very happy with the value I got out of this build. I might note that I owned the monitor, mouse, and keyboard prior to the build, so they are not included in the final price.
I only have two short concerns. First, the audio-out on the front/top interface appears to be borked up. I've checked the connection, and it's secure, so Fractal Design is sending me a new interface. +1 to them for that. Secondly, I don't like using that yellow PCI-E cord that came with the Seasonic power supply for the graphics card. It's a pretty stiff cord, and bending it in the way that the picture shows made me pretty nervous. It's held tight by a zip-tie so that it isn't pulling the ports on the actual card apart.
She performs great and meets all of my needs. The entire build was a blast, and I'll certainly be building more machines in the future. I have Philip from PCPP to thank for creating PCPP, and the good guys at /r/buildapcsales and #reddit-buildapc thank!
This was my first build. Any questions/comments/criticism appreciated.
This PC has since been updated a bit. I now run
2x Acer H236HLbid 23" monitors
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR
1x Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan
1x Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 Pro PWM 57.0 CFM 120mm Fan
3x Arctic Cooling Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan