started building this back in the summer of 2014, I just recently finished my build. The main reason why it took so long was because I was going to switch my GTX 770 from my main gaming rig to this rig once I upgraded my main rigs video card to a GTX 980.
The processor I was originally going for the FX 6300 but after reading a paper online talking about issues with certain apps that I use crashing if you overclocked at all made me change my mind to the fx 8350. I also thought this was great because of its 8 cores.
The cooler was another spare part, it gets the job done fairly well to be honest, my HWmonitor app showed the 8350 only hitting a Maximum of 43c under full load for about 3 hours while I was doing some of my work.
The motherboard I was originally going to cheap out on and get the cheapo gigabyte 7xx chipset board, but after learning about how important power phases are for AMD boards I decided to get this one which was the best deal at the time since I have no desire to go SLI or Crossfire, 990 was not needed.
The memory was one of the cheaper kits at the time for about $120, I went with the Black/Silver kit, because I thought it would match my PC well and I also liked the way it looked.
The storage is just a 1tb WD blue drive, I was looking at the blacks but after seeing some of the benchmarks done by various people online that I trust showing the blue actually out performing the black I was sold on the blue. The speed of your drive is also something to factor in when choosing a drive if you do something on a professional level like me in VM's. My next upgrade will be a 1TB SSD once I get together the funds and a 3TB drive, not sure of model or brand of either atm.
The video card in my workstation is pretty much just for the CUDA part of what I do, I bought the card back when it was over $400 USD and to this day I still think I overpaid. It performs well, it isn't the most silent or coolest, but I love EVGA and their warranty.
The case is the windowed version of the 200r, I always saw people using them in builds, I love the room and just the black on black clean look of them. This case is very easy to work with, I think this was my fastest build ever because of just how corsair implemented the tooless design.
The power supply was originally just going to be for a r9 270x. but now it is powering a gtx 770 which I think is kind of funny. If I would of thought about putting the 770 into this pc when I bought it I would of gone with the 650w just to be safer, but really solid performance from Seasonic, no issues at all. I have found the 44amp single 12v rail to be quite good enough for my whole system.
Optical drive? yes it is an optical drive in 2015.... So why not.... because it's an optical drive.
I had some really nice photos of it on my Motox but it died so I just used my old burner phone to take one picture, I have more pictures coming once I fully charge my moto