This is my first PC that I've built from the ground up. Nothing was pre-assembled and absolutely everything was custom, as far down the custom trail as anyone could go. It started around December 2014 when I first started really paying attention to the new game being designed for the PC, that is of course...Star Citizen.
This was my inspiration to start planning out a computer capable of playing this game. Now all I needed was an excuse to spend thousands on a system which, until then, I and pretty much everyone considered a little crazy, especially just for personal gaming purposes.
So this excuse came about two months later in February of 2015 when I bought a 4k TV. This was my very first (quite expensive) TV and I wanted a very good one because I spent a lot of my free time watching movies and playing my PS4. So after purchasing the TV I couldn't play much of anything in 4k, except for a few things on Netflix.
Now I'd decided, since I spent the money on the TV, I needed get my money's worth out of it and I must have a 4K capable PC. So I started really putting together a 4K system on PC Part Picker and I spent about six months planning it out. Then when I had my final design in mind and drew it out on paper how I wanted everything to go, I started buying things when they were on sale (kind of).
I spent about five weeks buying parts until I had almost everything. Then, at the time, the case labs S8 I bought was on back order, which took about five to six weeks to come, so I ordered it first. As soon as the case arrived I started modifying it slightly for more airflow where I needed it. This was because now I was planning on doing a whole custom water cooled loop with hardline tubing.
The full build took about five to seven weeks. Even after that I was running into problems, like the fittings not holding and having to order all new fittings to get it to work safely. I also decided that the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 wasn't powerful enough and, at the very last week of building my computer, the GTX 980 Ti came out. So I pre ordered one and got it the day it was released and returned the GTX 980 I had previously bought.
After all the literal blood sweat and emotions it was finally finished. The last eleven months I've had the most amazing gaming experiences and was meaning to share this with everyone. I have no regrets and I still get the feeling of butterflies in my stomach every time I look at my computer.
People who have seen it can't quite believe that it's actually a PC, one person thought it was an electric fire place (lol). So to say the least, I'm very proud of my build. I will be adding more about the whole system build process soon when I get my notes together.
Just so you know, I've added more pics for you all and will be adding more as I take better ones.
P.S. - If you need help with a system build or have a question about mine, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to check in and help out.