I named this build "The Monolith", because the 750D case reminds me of the giant black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I originally wanted to do a green and black color scheme, but most of the parts I ended up wanting were black and red so that’s what I ended up going with.
All in all, I'm very happy with this build. Some of you may wonder why I chose to go with a 1000W PSU; the reason is because I plan on doing multiple monitor setup in the future, as well as adding another 770 and also a capture card and possibly even a sound card in the future, so I wanted to make sure I didn't have to rip all the cables out and buy a new PSU.
CPU: I was originally going to go with the i5-4670K, but after thinking about it I decided to go with the i7-4770K because of the hyperthreading. Not much of use in games of course, but I do render a lot of videos as well as music recording, and Photoshopping. It was a substantial increase in price, but I wanted the extra threads if need be so I went for it. I managed to overclock the CPU to a stable 4.5GHz and get respectable (for Haswell) temperatures; idle average = 30C, load average = 55C.
Cooler: The H100i...seems to be what everyone is putting in their rigs these days. It was between this and a Prolimatech Megahalems, but I decided to go with this for two reasons; A) I've never had a closed loop cooler before and wanted to try it, and heard mostly positive things about it and B) Some of the high end air coolers today are massive and I wanted to keep a lower profile inside the case. I'm happy I went with the H100i. It looks great, is super quiet, even with the "bad" stock fans that come with it, and keeps the CPU nice and cool.
Motherboard: It was a tossup between the Maximus VI Hero and the Sabertooth, but in the end I ended up going with this because it fit the red and black color scheme, and because I generally just really liked the look of the board. The onboard soundcard seems to work well, and there's plenty of ports in the back for connectivity.
Memory: I think in my initial parts list before I bought everything I had Ripjaws RAM, but after I saw this I knew this was the one to get. Fits with the color scheme and wasn't much more expensive than the other stuff I was going to get originally.
Storage: The SSD I got mainly for Windows. From a cold start to browsing the web, it takes 17 seconds. Games, music, pictures, and most programs are on my 1TB Seagate drive.
Video Card: This was a real toss up, probably one of the things I spent the most time on. When I first priced this build out, I was originally going to go with a 760, but then I opted for the 770 2GB. Eventually, when I thought about the future and the fact that I'll be going to 1440p monitors eventually, I went with the 4GB version just to be safe (want to say it was about +$50 at the time I bought it). From there, it was a toss-up between the Gigabyte card and the EVGA Classified card, but I went with the Windforce for pricing reasons even though I really like the look of the EVGA card.
Case: One of my favorite things about this build. It was my first time working with a full tower case, and I will say it was nothing but a pleasure. This case is very well designed, from the build quality down to the ease of installation of parts. Plenty of room for upgrades, lots of open space for good airflow, plus it looks amazing (I like simple, straightforward designs).
Power: Probably the only thing I would change about the build. The black/yellow stickers on the power supply don’t match the color scheme. "Maybe" would have gone with an HX-860i if I had to do it over, but this one will work just fine. Also, the reason for the 1000W PSU; I plan on doing a multiple monitor setup in the future, as well as adding another 770 and also a capture card and possibly even a sound card in the future, so I wanted to make sure I didn't have to rip all the cables out and buy a new PSU.
Mouse: I've had an MX-518 for years and years now, and it's been the best mouse I ever used. My only complaint with it was the rubber material started to wear off and it looks really grimy because when it peels it looks like old glue. So I went ahead and got the G400s and am very happy with it. Basically the exact same mouse except without the rubber feel and with a higher DPI. Having the adjustable sensitivity really helps me out when I have to get into the fine details when Photoshopping a picture.
Miscellaneous: Picked up a cheap external DVD writer and WiFi adapter to get me through for now. I didn't want to ruin the look of the build with an internal drive, so I opted for the external and am happy with it. I was afraid the WiFi adapter might suck, but it actually works really well and I haven't had any issues with it at all. The Ducky mechanical keyboard I've had for a few years now, so that's why I didn't include the price of it, but it is an amazing keyboard and I really enjoy the MX Red switches. The BitFenix cables look great in the case and made cable management a lot easier. The only thing about them is that they're expensive. The light strip was probably the best addition to the case I'd say. For around $21, you get the whole kit, complete with 44-key remote and power adapter (some don't come with the power adapter). It has 20 or so preset colors, and then you can also go in and mix them to make your own custom colors.