This is my second ever build and I have to say, it was quite an enjoyable experience without any major issues with faulty parts. The budget I had was around 1.7-1.8k AUD (prices here in Australia are much higher than the prices in the US) and the money was from 2 years of saving up + birthday money etc. Overall, I was aiming for a clean black and white themed build hence the title and I think I did a decent job.
This build will be mainly used for schoolwork, gaming, video editing and other projects.
CASE - I originally decided to go with the white NZXT Phantom but it was a bit too big for my liking and I preferred a blank interior instead of the white. The 600t is a large mid-tower case with all the features and cable management options I needed. There is ample room at the back to tidy and tuck away all the excess cable lengths. The side panel is also very big and you can see clearly inside the case. Although it looks a bit like a washing machine, I think it suits my build very well.
CPU - I chose the 4670k because I didn't really need to spend an extra 100 dollars just for hyperthreading on the 4770k. I have overclocked the 4670k to 4.4Ghz on 1.18v and I will go further once I have the time.
COOLER - The H100i provides lots of cooling for my overclocked 4670k and installing it was a breeze. There is a small issue with it though - sometimes when i turn on my pc, the pump turns red and creates a large buzzing/grinding noise. Restarting fixes the problem. The SP120L fans which come with the H100i are unbearably loud - they sound like the fruit/veg blender my mum uses to make smoothies. I replaced them with 2 Scythe GentleTyphoon AP-15s and they are much much more quieter while moving the same amount of air. I have them in a pull configuration.
MB - The Sabertooth z87 is a bit overkill/overpriced but because of the thermal armour and its black/grey look, I decided to spend a little extra on it. Aesthetics is important to me :) This board is a very solid built board and it is fully feature packed.
Memory - I wanted to go with Dominator Platinums because of the sexy heatspreader but paying an extra 50 dollars just for two sticks of nice looking memory didn't feel right. So I bought these Vengeance Pro's and I have to say, they look quite similar to the Dominator Platinums.
SSD - There's not much to say about SSD's but dayum, they're fast. This drive boots into Windows 7 in under 8 seconds and the read/write speeds are blazing fast.
HDD - I will be installing most of my games and programs on this drive plus some movies/pictures. (Storage Drive)
GPU - I decided to go with the GTX 680 because I was looking for a card in the $400 range and because the 700 series have already been released there were not many 6xx cards left in stock. Also, the 760 is around 300AU and the 770 is around 500AU, leaving a gap in the 400AU area. PCDIY.com.au had one last GTX 680 going for $359 and I had no choice but to buy it. I went with the EVGA version because of its stock blower design, black PCB, sexy GEFORCE GTX logo on the side, and the warranty. Remember, aesthetics plays a major part in this build. I have done a small overclock to this card - it runs every game I throw at it on maxed out settings at 1920x1080@82Hz (Oc'd my monitor from 60Hz)
PSU - I originally decided to go with the HX650 but after reading countless reviews online claiming it has a chirping/grinding noise when it is under load, I decided to move away from it and go with the HX750 (much more positive reviews). Although 750W may be a bit too much for this system, I am planning to add another GTX 680 in there in the future.
Extra parts - Sleeved cable extensions are from Bitfenix which i bought from pcccasegear.com NZXT HUE is a great LED controller with different modes and infinite colours - aesthetics, aesthetics, aesthetics. I went with the BitFenix Recon fan controller because the built in one on the 600t only really has 3 speed settings although it is a knob.
Other notes - The DVD Writer in the case isnt even connected i just put it there for the lols. Future plans - I wish add another GTX 680 in the future, maybe another kit of RAM, and hopefully SSD prices will continue to drop so I can get a 500GB/1TB SSD for ~$200
Overall, I think I have achieved my goal of a clean and tidy black/white build. It has been a very enjoyable and memorable experience. Although it hurt a bit when I spent off all the money I saved up, I think it was well worth it and I hope this system will last for years to come! :)
GPU Load temperature is while playing BF3 maxed out. CPU Load temperature is while running AIDA64 Stress Test.
PS - Sorry about the order of the pictures they aren't really in order.