so this is a build i did for my friend. he saw my build ( http://pcpartpicker.com/b/A7r ) and he was impressed and wanted a computer of his own. his budget was a lot higher then mine and he wanted something that would last him for quite a while. we started from the ground up, the only thing that got recycled was an old hard drive and a CD drive, thats it. the most difficult part of this build was installing the dark knight 2. the instructions were terrible and after we messed around with it for about 45 mins we got it working. i added 2 140mm xigmatek fans up top for exhaust purposes. the 500R has long screws made for this purpose which was very convenient.
a few other things: i didnt go water cooling because he's isnt going to be overclocking his CPU much. i think it's overclocked to 4.0 for now and honestly the dark knight 2 beats out some of the AIO watercooling units.
i went with a 660ti simply cause he didnt want to spend 400+ for a gpu since he doesnt play a ton of games.
basically he told me what his budget was, what he wanted to do with his pc, and then i went to work. im really happy how the build came out and the corsair 500R is an awesome case and made me very jealous.