1/13/2014 Update: 4 new pictures added. Corsair water cooler added, what a pain that was to try and find a way to install. Was forced to install with radiator at bottom vent and run tubing behind video card but consistently running about 7 degrees cooler now and quieter, although it's not as quiet as I would of liked about 37db in from the front of the case. Also removed the top van to open up enough plugs for radiator pump. Also added memory card reader and a DVD-ROM for those extremely rare needs to read something off a CD/DVD.
***$444+ well I had to get a liquid cooler for this unit, probably could of got away with a better CPU cooler but why not. Problem was the OEM fan on the CPU was sooo loud when playing even moderate CPU usage games, had to turn of volume to drown it out, so coughed up $75 to go liquid cooling. Will post some temps once I get it hooked up.
Use this computer as my primary machine for getting work done and some gaming. This was a complete new build with only my long living 500GB WD drive from my old machine, that drive has been working for me for 7-8 years now (it is backed up btw). Nothing too fancy, just something with enough power to get some stuff done and play some games. Oh and I had a 160GB laptop drive I had laying around that I use for Win8 file history.
Got the parts during some black friday sales. My goal was best performance for the dollar, originally wanted to spend $300 to upgrade existing computer but with some good prices figured I could just build a new one and keep the old one as a backup or upgrade my wife's machine.
Only issue with this build was, the motherboard only has USB 2.0 headers while case has 3.0 had to get a adapter. Motherboard had 3.0 on the back, assumed it would have a header too but my bad for not checking.
Running the build with Windows 8.1, was amazed how I was able to take my drive from my other machine and plug into this one and Windows 8 simply says "configuring your devices" and then takes me to login. No blue screens or having to fight to get to boot even with full replacement of hardware.
Not sure if I just got lucky or WIN8.1 finally made upgrading easier (except for the whole license key crap being in BIOS on some machines, luckily I brought my copy with an upgrade and had the key so I could re-activate).