I built this machine to use to process my photos as my D800 files were just killing my old machine. I will also play a few games like PCars on it. I only have it OC'ed to 4.5ghz right now and its rock solid and quiet. The Thor case is massive but nice and the cpu cooler works beautifully though can be a bit noise at full fan speed.
Chose 3770k for Lightroom and Photoshop work (Paid 319.99) Chose Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro cooler as I didn't like the review on the corsair products and still wanted H20 for OC'ing (Paid 62.99) Chose OC Formula MoBo due to great reviews and wanting to OC and have a rock solid system (Paid 229.99) Chose ram because one set came free with the Mobo (wanted Mushkin blackline 16gb ram though) (Paid 39.98) Chose case because one it fits the MoBo, two has good reviews, three looks nice to me (Paid $89.99 Paypal price match FTW!!!) Chose Win 7 because its cheap and familiar but will tri boot this computer on Fedora and OS X (Paid 99.99) Chose Corsair HX750 P.S. for extra power for SLI in future maybe and for rock solid performance (Paid 99.99) Chose Sandisk Extreme 240Gig SSD for space and reviews (Paid 134.99) Chose Asus DVD player for reviews and price (Paid 19.99) (11-7-13 Update) Picked up a Asus GTX 760 2gb Using old 19" monitor until I can afford a IPS one as well as using old Microsoft keyboard mouse setup (6000 series) Will put my old WD 1tb HDD into the machine once I'm done backing up stuff on the old one too
Total for new parts: $1097.90