First off, if you get the reference, then you're a badass. Feel free to message me or comment about the title, the build, what you liked/disliked, why you liked/disliked something, why I used a particular part, a recommendation, or anything else!
This is my first ever build, and any tips, tricks or hints are welcome. I'll be using the rig to play games, use a word processor, edit videos for classes (Communications major), record gameplay, edit gameplay videos, upload them to YouTube, stream and watch videos. While I'm not planning on overclocking right now, it's definitely not out of the question.
I was stuck between the i5-4670K and the i7-4770K. I chose the i5-4670K because I think it can handle my workload, and it allowed me to use the extra money on the MOBO and GPU. I heard great things about the CM Hyper 212 + and decided to pull the trigger.
For the MOBO, I chose the Asus Maximus VI Hero. Honestly, I had a tough time picking a MOBO, but a personal reference from a friend pushed me to this one. I've heard great things about ROG's influence, and I'm excited that the board allows for both SLI and Crossfire configurations.
Although I probably could have gotten away with 8GB of RAM, I got a great deal on the 16GB of Ripjaws.
As everyone does, I got the SSD for faster boots and load times of my games/apps. I went with Kingston HyperX to accommodate my budget. The Seagate 3TB was actually something my dad had laying about. Thankfully, he let me use it for this build. I've also got an external HDD where I have ridiculous amount of anime that I can also use for a backup.
For the GPU, I went with ASUS GTX 770. The card had everything I needed. Super quiet, SLI, decent software and OC potential.
The CM Storm Scout 2 was one of the more appealing cases I found in my research. I liked that the case already had 3 fans installed and that the side window only allowed for a "peak" inside the rig. The removable HDD rack was a plus, too. When I saw I could snag it for $70 on the Egg, I couldn't pass it up.
And finally, we've reached the PSU. Initially, I had ordered a Thermaltake TR2 PSU. But then, I was surfing around on Tom's Hardware and found this list: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx This list, updated regularly, had my PSU listed in Tier 5. I hopped on Newegg and cancelled that order. A few days later, I saw the Antec High Current Gamer 620W on sale, checked the rating, saw it was in Tier 2 and got her!
My father had the optical drive on hand, and let me throw it in here.
I added some of my peripherals/tools I already owned or ended up buying as well.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed, and I look forward to talking to you soon.
Update List/Things I've Noticed:
11/17/14: Sooooooooooooooo quiet. Sooooooooooooooo fast. Awfully pretty. Uploaded 18 pictures of actual build process.
11/19/14: Finished set up. Uploaded 1 additional picture of set up.