Affectionately named after the AI from the Halo series thanks to my lifelong love of that franchise, this PC was my first "true" build. Originally built it back in May 2014, and it's gone through several changes since then.
When first built in May, I used a Hyper 212 EVO as the HSF, as well as a refurbished EVGA 580, as I was trying to keep costs down as much as possible at the time. Thanks to Micro Center's combo deals CPU and mobo were pretty cheap, and working at a computer hardware store got me a decent discount on sever other parts at the time (for example, a used optical drive we had lying around the tech bench for a dollar). I also used an old 32" TV, along with a cheap Logitech keyboard/mouse combo, to start off with to further save money. I think in all the original build was right around the $900 mark, maybe slightly under. The CPU I was able to overclock to 4.2GHz using the 212 EVO, which was respectable for being my first attempt at overclocking. Not bad for a $25 cooler.
For the next few months after that I added the two BenQ monitors as well as the keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Around November/December I got the MX100, 970, and Noctua. Having been promoted to a computer repair technician before then, I found my original cable management to be disgusting and reworked it a little bit as I installed the new components. With the new Noctua in place I was able to bump up the overclock to 4.8GHz. At this point I don't think it'll run much higher, as I'm at about 1.525V already and don't have much more thermal room to work with without adding additional fans or cranking up the fan speeds on my current ones, which I'd rather not do considering that I do a fair bit of recording work and the extra noise would be unwelcome for that.
In the future I may consider adding another 8GB of RAM, as well as maybe switching the 970 out with a 980, if I can get a deal on one at work, but for the most part I'm pretty happy with it as-is.
It's probably not my favorite-looking build amongst all the ones I've built for customers while working as a tech (that honor goes to a i7-4790k + GTX 980 build in a Corsair 230T Grey/Blue case, the somewhat-foggy glass looked fantastic with a cold cathode and blue-LED fans added in to the case), but it's served me well so far and I definitely have no regrets :)