It's a potato. That is, it's silent...because potatoes are silent?
I've been using an ugly stock HP desktop, which began to whine horribly and crash randomly, so I decided to build something. The parts came in slowly; the pictures pretty much depict that. I received the graphics card last because I ordered it from Microcenter for $689, but then they decided to cancel my order. As it turned out, this was a fortunate "accident" because I was able to get it for $639.99 due to price matching and the $30 rebate, and watch_dogs to boot. I chose not to get a wireless card because I do not need it as of yet, and I'm sure that some new standard will pop up in the future anyways - so I can wait for that. The color-coordination was not intentional, believe it or not, but I was pleasantly surprised (if only cougar made black 140mm PWM fans!). Overall, I estimate that PCPP (and a lot of patience) has saved me around $300! <3
CPU: I opted for the 4770k instead of the Devil's Canyon refresh, even though it was only $20 more, because it's $20 that I don't need to spend. They're practically the same thing, with only a few minor differences. However, I knew going in that the Haswell line is infamous for high temps and absurd voltage scaling, so I can't exactly rate the processor that high. Yes, it does what it needs to, but the problems with Haswell almost made me wait for Broadwell.
CPU Cooler: The Corsair H105 is great. My only complaint is the sheer size; it definitely took up all the space it could. Note that IT FIT IN THE CASE. I read multiple threads online about people complaining that their cooler didn't fit with the motherboard; this is simply not the case (pardon the pun). After measuring out the dimensions, I crammed it in there with no space to spare - but it fit nonetheless.
Motherboard: BIOS was a seamless experience, ASUS provides software to tweak settings even in Windows.
Memory: I was going to get 4x4gb for some speed, but then I decided that upgradability was more important. the X.M.P. profile was detected by the motherboard, and settings were set automatically.
SSD: I hated the small 128gb SSD on my Macbook Air, so I got something a little larger. It's a beauty.
Graphics Card: After waiting forever to get it, I can safely say that it exceeded all of my expectations coming from my AMD Radeon 6950. The drivers can't even compare to AMD's, and the card is blazing fast. I do wish nVidia would make non-Titan cards with more VRAM, though.
Case: Corsair. Silent. Potato. Can't go wrong there, although the back leaves just a little less space for wire management than one might desire.
Power Supply: I once bought a TX series power supply, and that didn't work, but the HX series did. HX it is.
Sound Card: The last sound card I had was also by Creative, except they ditched driver development for their old cards. Their new drivers are still somewhat ugly and surround sound muffles my audio, but I do like the microphone a lot.
Fans: Why did I buy so many fans? Potatoes. They're quiet. More fans means more potato. I had to replace the two in the CPU cooler, then pull out the two in the front of the case. The 140mm fans went into the side and the back, which is quieter than the front. I have two push-pull sets and one more pushing out air.
Monitor: The new one came out, and I regret not buying this model when the price fell :( I do have two 1080p monitors, by the way, and the BenQ is lightboosted.
Keyboard (Custom): I wanted a mechanical keyboard since forever, and the Realforce keyboard with Topre switches is just a dream to type on. It took a while to get used to, but the switches have grown on me.
Windows: It's cheap because of the student discount, for those wondering.
Other: The optical drives were pulled from my old computer, and my mouse (G600), headphones (ATH-M50), and second monitor (LG trash, colors are off) were all purchased earlier, so I didn't count them in the build - they're more like accessories, if you will.
If you have any questions/comments, feel free to leave them below and I'll try to answer them :P Thanks for reading!
3DMARK Fire Strike Score: 10657 Valley Wall 2x1080p Max Settings FPS: ~30 Valley 1080p Max Settings FPS: ~60