Intended uses for PC:
CPU - Picked this up for ~$120. 2014 PC build so I wanted longevity. (I work at an electronics retailer Best Buy) As an employee for a major electronics retailer, I am eligible for the "Intel Retail Edge" program. This program essentially rewards you with points after completing e-learnings for company products. Every summer and winter is a holiday deal in which they offer the latest components to be redeemed for these points. Check it out if you work for an electronics retailer: https://retailedge.intel.com/50/welcome/
CPU cooler- Wanted a quiet, powerful, and low profile solution. Will hopefully increase overclocking potential.
Mobo - Good reviews, looks smexy, and has a good suite of software. Good mid-high end mobo.
Memory - Wanted 16gb for developing. G.Skill RAM appears to be consistently good quality from reviews.
Graphics card - I compared this with the 770 for days, looking at benchmarks and reviews to no end. In the end, I was like "**** it" go hard or go home.
Case: High quality, portable case. Compatible with my CPU cooler. Looks even more glorious in person.
Power supply - Gotta get dat Gold efficiency mane. 750 watt for possible future SLI.
Monitor - Had great reviews online. WAY better in person. Very highly recommend this monitor.
Feb 4, 2014 - Just finished the build! Better than all my past Christmas' combined 0^ Feb 4, 2013 - More pictures uploaded!