This is my gaming rig so far. I'm waiting and saving up for the GTX 780 Classified or MSI Lightning. It's my 2nd official build. My first was a little project I did for my girlfriend. This is also my first time building using an SSD and I must say it is a huge difference in terms of startup; extremely fast compared to hdd. I love this build so far and can't wait to get the gpu put in! Liquid cooling is great too but keep in mind your ambient temp has a huge effect on efficiency.
Future plans: First, get that gpu! After that I'll take my time and upgrade the SSD and HDD. I really also want to upgrade the RAM to 32gb. I now have a solid foundation from which to build and look forward to further diving into refining my pc building abilities! Also, I'm just waiting for the demciflex filters to come in and I'll update with new pics once those are on! Also, once I feel like this rig is 100% complete I'll work on my cable management. She's a mess right now (I know) but it just doesn't make sense till I feel she's configured perfectly but we are getting close!
Update 7.26.2013 2:33pm PST: I just added 3 new pics with the Demciflex filters! I love them! I think they look like they came with the case! My girlfriend has a cat and I am cleaning this thing all the time but now this will make the job 10x easier and it looks awesome! I'm so stoked!
Update 8.24.2013: I just installed a new storage drive 4TB Desktar 7.2krpm 64mb cache 6gb/s. I actually had a 1tb that was filling up (games etc.) and use that now as an internal backup (I have a 2TB Seagate external backup as well; cannot ever have enough backups right?). I used Acronis True Image Plus software to clone and move the 1tb data to the new 4tb drive. If you haven't done this before (transferring to hdd larger than 2tb) there are some details to pay attention to like using gpt as the format vs mbr and proportional partitioning vs "as is" or "manual". If you have any questions please ask! I spent hours this morning researching before buying so I wouldn't get stuck and it is a success! Next up - My GTX 780 Classified! I will keep you posted! (It was next up but I had to pay for a few things unexpectedly so I went ahead with this little upgrade for now instead, gotta wait another month now but I'll be all good then!).
Update 9.5.2013 Just made my first attempt at cable management (see latest pic added). Not quite pro looking but a definite upgrade from my initial mess! My car is suffering from the heat waves here in San Diego and has delayed me getting my gpu. Now there's clear space to easily put her in though, sooner than later I hope!
Update 12.2013 I bought the EVGA GTX 650 Ti 2GB; it was on sale for $100 on newegg. I built this rig with the intention of putting in a GTX 780 right away with sli later but finances would not allow. I am now saving to pursue such a gpu upgrade by the end of this year again. I am looking forward to it!
Update 5.2014 So after nearly a year I finally got the GPU I wanted! I thought several times my choice would change but with being that I'm only using a single monitor this was the best fit for my current needs. I plan on getting the Asus PG278Q unless something better comes along in that price range but for now I couldn't be much happier!
Update 6.2014 I just got my sli pro bridge in today and it's quite small but looks awesome! I'm waiting on ordering a backplate when evga restocks them. It will be a while before I can get my 2nd GTX 780 Classified but I'm really excited about saving up for that!
Update 7.2014 Just installed the backplate on my 780 classy and it looks great! Added a couple of new pics!
Update 8.2014 Just replaced my RAM with Corsair Dominator Platinum! They look great! I will update my pics soon!
Update 9.2014 Added white sleeved cables and some white led corsair sp fans. Really cleans up and finishes the build's overall clean look I think!