EDIT 1: - More cable management changes. - Changed to Corsair SP120 High Performance fans. - Asus monitor acquired.
This is going to be my personal progressive project, so I'll be making many changes as time goes on. The things I plan to change are listed bellow. I've been far from the tech world for so long that I've forgotten how much fun it was to build a PC. I've been building this thing for over a month, buying parts as cash becomes available, and I have to admit that the most fun I've had was cable management... sounds strange but I love the challenge and always get inspired to make it look cleaner whenever I get home from work.
I've been using a Dell Studio 1735 for the past five years as my "desktop" (mainly because if I move it anywhere, it freezes and bugs out on me, not to mention the screen is cracked) and thought that it was about time for an upgrade and to have a good computer to use for my major. It'll be used mainly for programming, 2D/3D digital art, games, and maybe some video/sound editing.
OVERCLOCK: I decided to finally overclock the build after becoming more comfortable with the settings. I have to admit, this thing overclocked beautifully, I'm getting almost the same temps as I was at 3.5ghz, just slightly higher at idle/low load.
CPU: I wanted this to be as high-end as my budget could get so I went with the latest CPU (I don't plan to upgrade to the extreme that's coming out soon, the price is just too high and I doubt I'll need it) and, while very minor, the upgraded integrated graphics is nice while I wait for the GTX 780.
Motherboard: I did as much research as I could and it came down to either Asus or Asrock, and I know Asus would probably have been the better choice, but the blue slots just didn't work for me aesthetically.
RAM: I opted to go with the Dominator Platinums because they fit the black/white theme very nicely. 16gbs for large digital art editing. 1866 over 1600 mainly because the difference in price that I had available to me was very small.
Case: I fell in love with the Prodigy the first time I saw it in a PC magazine a year ago and I couldn't settle for anything else despite looking at a ton of other cases.
Left-Side Panel w/ Window: The acrylic came in a
GPU: I'm going with the GTX 780 (maybe Classified) for the price/performance. The Titan would be great, but the extra $$$ really doesn't justify the small upgrade in performance for what I want.
CPU Cooler: The H60 seemed like the best option for future overclocking and cleaner look.
PSU: 650w is a bit overkill for now, I know, but it's more for insurance for when I intend to overclock.
HDD: Much faster in (R)AID 0 and the drives are backed up every week with a 2T external drive.
SSD: Boot times are incredibly fast and the size is great for storing my most important files.
Fan Controller: Not very useful but the look fits so well with the case, and I use an external optical drive.
Monitors: Asus monitor with my old Dell in portrait mode. The resolution, refresh rate and colors are great on the Asus.
120mm Fans: The Corsair SP120s are quite loud at max but cool better at low RPM than the Aerocools did at similar speed.
230mm Fan: I couldn't find a white Spectre Pro with LEDs so the black one with white LED worked fine.
Mods: Cut out a hole in the right panel in order to see the insides once I get the GTX 780 which will block out the left panel window completely.
- Braided Motherboard power extension cable to route beside the drive bay.
- GTX 780Ti
- Custom water-cooling (CPU and GPU)
- Custom paint job that I'm really excited about!
- Alchemy cables
- Alchemy LED strips
- Possibly some more case mutila...modification :D