I've wanted to build a PC for years now and last winter the opportunity struck. The main use for this system is for 3D CAD and video editing with some casual gaming thrown into the mix. I haven't over clocked yet as i want to make sure I have a smooth running system first but i plan on doing so in the near future. as far as parts go...
I wanted the latest series out to future proof the rig, I cant build another one anytime soon so i dont want my hardware to become obsolete too quickly.
Cooler: only liquid cooler that would fit into the case (more on that later)
mother board: wanted something that can allow for expansion later on if needed. if i decide to move to a a 5930 or 5960 i wanted something that can handle them and not bottleneck the system.
Ram: was one of the better deals for price/GB and 16gb is enough to handle the CAD work I'm doing right now although i may upgrade to 32 when the price of DDR4 drops some
Storage: 2tb WD black for my media files and a 250Gb ssd for the programs and OS
GPU: went a little overkill for what i needed but just because i game casually doesn't mean I don't want good performance.
Case: This can go burn for all i care. worst decision of the system, bought it because I THOUGHT it looked cool and all cases were pretty much the same, i was wrong, cable management was a nightmare, front audio cables don't even reach the motherboard, tight fit for all the fans. its has more Cons than Pros.
PSU: something strong and reliable and can handle an extra graphics card if i decide to do SLI
Optical: unfortunately i still need to use disks, and i like watching blu-rays :\
OS: windows 8.1 because i'm one of the few people who like it over windows 7
Keyboard: nothing fancy, just had laying around and wasn't bought for the build (that's why price is 0)
Mouse: same situation and keyboard
Headphones: i have this for audio mixing and they are fantastic and even great for casual listening (didn't buy specifically for the build)
Monitors: yes i'm using TV's, I personally cant tell the difference of anything higher than 1080 (until its up to 4k but i cant afford them) or a faster refresh rate than 60Hz so these work for me. i've been using one since October on my laptop and loved it so i brought them over to this build. The 3 are setup using Nvidia surround.