First off, The eagle eyed amongst you may recognize this build. I'm reposting it since some things have changed since last time.
This was my first ever attempt at building myself a gaming PC - it's something I've wanted to do for a while but always put it off in case I messed something up. Luckily I never ran into any problems, and I feel that part of that is down to the instructional videos posted on Youtube - without them I doubt I would've done it!
I bought the case in August 2013 - at the time I never had any idea what I was going to put into it, just that I wanted a gaming grade PC, and that it should be quiet in operation. I decided early on that I wasn't going to set myself a budget, but I had to be realistic about things. I don't like the look of heatsink coolers, which is why I went with the H100i - I didn't feel comfortable enough attempting a whole water cooled set up, and I liked the fact that the H100i is minimal maintenance and was very easy to set up. The motherboard and the RAM were both picked because I liked the look of them - no other reason! My initial feelings were an all black build with silver accents, however I felt it may look 'too' dark, hence why I picked red to go along with it. Whilst doing my research, I was told that 16GB of ram and an i7 were overkill, but I went with them anyway as I believe it'll perform better into the next generation of processors over an i5. Originally I had a bluray reader/writer in there, but I've recently removed it as I never use it. A 250GB SSD sits behind the motherboard tray, and the two mechanical HDD's are in the bottom two 5.25" bays via adaptors. I chose the GTX 780 Classified originally when it was over £500, before the price drop, because the silver and red would go perfectly with my build. The top card has an EVGA backplate fitted, I haven't got around to ordering one yet for the bottom card, but when I do and it arrives, I am going to change the PCI power cables - at the moment I'm using the pigtail ones and I dont like the bunched up look, so I will be changing them for standard 8 pin cables, and run two of them to each card.
It took me a long, long time to decide on a monitor set up, I didn't want a Korean overclocked monitor, I felt that they were more trouble than they were worth - to me at least. Which left me with either 3x1080p gaming monitors, or 1x1440p monitor.
After doing some measuring, it seemed that triple monitors would take up too much room unfortunately, so I picked a large 1440p display, I liked the Samsung because of it's auto calibration and the fact that all the connections are in the base of the monitor, making the cables look clean and neat.
BF4 looks beautiful, with everything ultra and the resolution scale at around 150% I get around 70FPS, so having a 60Hz monitor does not bother me.
At the minute, the GPU's and the CPU are both stock - I went for the 'K' version of the CPU to give me the option to OC in the future, but at the minute, I am more than happy with the performance of the machine, so I am happy for things to stay stock.
Thanks for reading.