I am a 74 year old retiree living in the Houston, Texas, USA area after working 46 years in various sales, marketing, and purchasing positions in the chemical distribution business.
Black Hole (PC5) is actually a rebuild/update of my Old Man's Build PC4. Black hole is my 5th PC but only my 3rd build. It is used for everything - heavy Internet and email use, gaming, watching DVDs, financial tracking, photo editing, etc.
I named it Black Hole because of the windowed all-black color scheme and also because of the increasingly larger amount of money that was being sucked into this build. There was no attempt at trying to hold to a budget with this build. I just wanted to make Black Hole the fastest and most powerful PC I could at the time.
At first look you might think I have a lot of separate drives. I tried to separate everything to eliminate an chance of data loss in case of catastrophic drive failure. The Intel 750 400GB is an NVMe PCIe drive and is my system boot drive. The Samsung 840 Pro 256GB holds my miscellaneous programs. The Samsung 840 EVO is for data storage (documents, Pictures, Videos, music). The Samsung 850 Pro 1TB holds my games. Two Western Digital 3TB HDs in RAID 1 hold backups.
The i7-4790K CPU is overclocked to 4.5 GHz. My custom cooling loop keeps the CPU and GPU temps down quite well.
The CaseLabs Merlin SM8 was great to build in, although maybe just a little large for me. A lot of extras were ordered from CaseLabs, hence the 'Custom', but this did make the SM8 more expensive than CaseLabs list.
The only real problem I ran into involved the UV lights. I first tried to use Logisys' 12" UV Led strip lights. They were nice and bright at first but faded away to almost nothing in about three weeks. The Lamptron cold cathode lights seem to be working well. I cannot recommend the Logisys lights.
My costs may appear a little high but everything is fully costed including our Texas state sales tax and all shipping & handling costs.
My parts list includes absolutely everything down to cable ties and distilled water which does make it a bit long.