UPDATED 11/22/2014: I've had the upgrades of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and NZXT Fan Controller for a while now, but haven't uploaded new photos of the rig until now. So there they are! Along with the Super Mario Mod, my computer is now an Official Nintendo Licensed product. (Not really.) Also wanted to show off the corrugated plastic conduit that was used for cable management.
Also got rid of the floppy drive for a Xigmatek multi card reader.
Original Post: This is my first build ever. I know some can say that side windows are tacky but ever since I saw a cousin of mine have a window on his computer, I was fascinated and always wanted one. I love technology and I love to watch it work! This build, with it's 2 blue LED fans and only one Cold Cathode was more than enough to light the interior nicely. The motherboard, with it's various LED's and one analog code display had plenty of blinky lights to look at. So I think this is a nice acrylic window kind of build!
All aesthetics aside, there's a nice optical drive and YES, THAT'S A FLOPPY DRIVE UPFRONT. I have yet to get the SATA to IDE cable for that to work but I love how it looks in the system right now. It's from my first desktop computer from when I was a kid, an eMachines unit.
There's a nice CPU and GPU combo in this. The CPU is more than enough for my needs and I don't really intend to overclock so it's fine for me. Other than that, the GTX 650 Ti PE is very awesome. Aside from looking awesome, it does pretty well with all the benchmarks that I throw at it.
This Cooler Master HAF 912 is truly a godsend. It has tons of airflow and because it's made of steel, it stays cold for a long time. I know aluminum is best for heat transfer, but steel is best for retaining a temperature. So if it was aluminum, heat wouldn't stay for long, but neither would cold. But because it is steel, cold will stay for a while, but once it's gone, it's up to the fans to cool it. Also, this thing is AMAZINGLY QUIET. I wasn't going for a quiet build but seriously, I hear nothing.
The Gigabyte mobo is packed with features and can perform SLI and Crossfire along with the very capable eco friendly Antec brand PSU.
I love this build and I feel great having finished it. I couldn'tve done it without help from my wife though, who remained adamant that we get this mobo. Thanks to everyone online that helped me choose the best parts.
And now I have the Super Mario Mod.
UPDATE: I have finally purchased a true next gen game to test on this rig thanks to the Origin Humble Bundle. This rig can run Battlefield 3 on full ultra settings on my monitor at 60 fps, keeping a temp of 40 Celsius under the load. It can run the game at full ultra settings on my HD TV at 30 fps, but that's still smooth. Also keeping a temp of 40 Celsius under that load. Just posting this for anyone that wants to know if this configuration can handle graphic intensive games similar to Battlefield 3.
UPGRADE UPDATE/3/2/2014: Took out the stock CPU cooler and added a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, installing this along with the very thermally conductive IC Diamond thermal compound I should get some great cooling action. So far I'm only noticing a 5 degree decrease from the previous idle and load temps, however over time this will get better. Also added a new 1TB hdd because the one bought with this build failed, i sent it in for an RMA and Western Digital's RMA policy says they'll give an equal value or better one based on their stock and I got an upgrade because of it! Cool!