My very first build!! Finished it back in late July. Works great for day to day usage, and games Rome II Total War on Extreme settings without even a hiccup. I had the $ then, so I went all out on a few features such as the monitor and processor. Kind of wished I'd waited till Christmas, because now I know so much more about everything.
If I could switch some things out now I'd swap the SSD for a Plextor M5P, swap the case for a Corsair 800 or 900, or maybe the new HAF Stacker series, switch out the motherboard for an ASUS, maybe a Maximus VI or a Sabertooth, and boost the psu to a corsair 1200. This being said, I honestly don't really regret anything major, which I guess is good for a first time build. Its been a learning experience, and I look forward to having this machine in some form or another to upgrade and tinker with. I should note that my Rosewill Wireless Network adapter wass dead on arrival, my Speakers don't work unless plugged into my front panel headphone jack, and the rear mounted 140 mm fan in the HAF X was also dead. I never got my three games from AMD, which has been very disappointing, but I think Sapphire might not play along with the Never Settle deal. Everything else is working perfectly tho, and none of these issues have been silver bullets.
I use this machine every day and I love it, so I really can't complain. I'm actually really loving my touch screen and windows 8 combo, which is good, because I was initially skeptical of the monitors real value, but its paid off pretty well. I haven't overclocked yet, but once I actually install my CPU cooler, I intend to. My CPU cooler is a funny story, I initially thought it wouldn't fit because it didn't come with a z87 bracket, but i recently found out that 1155 and 1156 brackets are essentially the same as 1150s, so when I go home for Thanksgiving break I strap it in there (i left all my excess parts home when i left for college).
I'll probably upgrade her eventually, piece by piece. Im hoping to get maybe another 16 Gigs of RAM, maybe another one of the same GPUs, if the price drops dramatically, and some WD Caviar Green 3 tb drives. A decent Wireless Network adapter would be good too, as I move my rig from home to school and back rather often. And the motherboard needs to upgrade, this one works, but its kind of dinky, with just the 2 PCI express slots, and the right angle connectors, there's just so much better out there. An who knows,maybe I'll water cool it some day, but probs only if I switch out the case for something like a Corsair Obsidian 900 or something.
Iv'e rewired it since these pictures, and its now set up in my single dorm here at UVM. These pics were taken this summer in my family's upstairs spare room, which was the only spot in the house that had ample space to set her up.
Anyways, its been a lot of fun to build and maintain, and shes now working great, with consistent fantastic performance every day. So yeah, for my first time build, what do you think?