My old computer has been on the fritz lately and it was coming up on 4.5 years old so it was time for a new build! Random notes and thoughts:
-Case - I haven't been one for side panel windows or LEDs for a while now. My last case was an ATCS 840 which I love, but it doesn't have enough hard drive space for my current needs. I decided to grab a Cosmos 2 because the refurbished price was quite tempting. I would not have done it for full price. If this thing did not have handles, I don't think I could move it by myself fully loaded.
-Monitors - I have been using 2x1080p monitors for some time now. I had heard about the new rage of cheap Korean 1440p monitors. I decided I would get one to try. In doing research and reading reviews, I was curious how the cheap Korean monitors compared to the higher quality models. I happened to find an open box deal on the VP2770 and decided to jump on it. Long story short: I would definitely hesitate to spend $550 again given how close the two display qualities are, but it is nice to have a more adjustable/slightly better panel for my main gaming monitor, with the option of overclocking on the other monitor.
-SLI/PSU - Overkill? Sure. But it should last me well during my typical upgrade cycle of 4-5 years. I was a huge Corsair PSU fanboy since my last build, but it seems to me that Corsair's massive success in their expansion to all corners of the enthusiast market has caused them to start charging a hefty premium. I was very happy to find this Seasonic unit for less than $200 at time of purchase, vs. the Corsair 1200's market price of $260. -CPU/Cooler/Overclocking - I'm not a fan of closed loops (at least yet). My plan is always to have a whisper quiet machine at idle with the ability to overclock. I haven't had time to really nail down an OC yet, but the initial tests have unfortunately not been favorable, with a bluescreen on the quick and dirty 4.6GHz/1.25v test for Haswell. Oh well.
-Fans - These were my first Gentle Typhoons. I only really started buying premium fans on my last build, which I used Noiseblocker Multiframes on. I am very happy with them so far. They have a great overall noise level and tonal quality. They are a clear winner for me in a side by side comparison vs stock Coolermaster fans (no surprise there) and a Cougar Vortex (though the Cougar build quality with extra rubber mounting screws and sleeved, extra long wire are very nice). -Storage - I have always wanted to save most everything I download, thus the name Packrat for my systems. With HD video these days that fills up quickly. All the hard drives were in use with my previous system, but 4 of them were in an external enclosure): 2x2TB for general use/game installations. A storage pool made up of 3x3TB and 4x4TB. One 4TB is used for parity data for a total of 21 TB of space in the pool.
-Cable Management - Never really cared too much about cable management before since I don't use windowed/lit cases, but I had fun with this one. I spent probably 75% of my time trying to sort out this Packrat's nest of cables. Given the sheer amount of them, I'm pretty happy with the results. Because of the case's fan controller, the case wire harness had an extra 18 cables in it, one power and one LED control wire for 9 fans. Add in 10 hard drives and an optical drive and you've got one shitton of wires.