When we first build our computers, we always wish that we could always build that dream PC. The PC that we could spend a couple thousand on, and still be prideful of what it looks like.
Finally, after saving up the money for a bunch of parts, I built this machine. I bet you're thinking damn, this guy must be a baller. Unfortunately that is not the case. I am a full time college student just saving up for my PC upgrade. On top of that, a lot of these parts are recycled.
I decided on the parts because of pure performance and aesthetic.
The GTX 770's in SLI are cooled by Corsair H55's with the NZXT G10 bracket, and keep the GPU's cool and quiet.
The RocketRaid card is used for 2 separate raid arrays for photo backup (I'm a photographer).
The way my SSD's are set up is like this: 128gb - OS / Boot Essential Programs 240gb - Programs / Games, etc. 240gb - Scratch for photo editing / Temp 500GB WD HDD - personal file storage 750gb Seagate HDD - Excess file storage (movies, etc).
Hope you all like the build!
Notes on the build: Why not Z97? I did not want to get Z97 because I would personally have to wait for the Haswell refresh. I did not get the parts in this build at the prices that the website says because I got them in deals (I'm just too lazy to edit it).
Why is it so expensive? Items marked as "purchased" were previously owned. A lot of these parts are recycled. SSD, HDDs, Monitors.
Why not custom watercooling? The reason for not getting a custom watercooling kit is because I did not want to throw extra money into the waterblocks, or opt for the 780ti's. In addition to that, I move a lot from college to home and having to drain my PC would be a pain in the butt. But the main reason for not getting custom watercooling was because i would probably lose my drive cage. Unfortunately, I cannot put a server (aka NAS PC, or HTPC combo) where I live in college as I would be the only one to utilize it, so I might as well put the drives in my PC.
Some parts not listed in this build are the Silverstone Tek white sleeved cables (EPS, 4x PCIe, 24PIN Mobo).