I know I spent more then I should have and maybe my choices could have been better. I work hard and have saved for a while for this build. The cost was $3,219 but I used this sight to post my parts after I had already purchased and assembled. The prices went u,p as you can see by the posted total cost, although I still spent a butt load.
I will use for my real estate business, some photo editing and gaming. FPS all the way.
I suffered with my 5 year old computer long enough. I have always wanted to build exactly what I wanted and I finally did. I tried to future proof this build as much as possible. I even went with a motherboard that supported Thunderbolt 2 in hopes that some day I might be able to optimize the visuals on a 4k monitor. I do think I got a lemon of a CPU in the sense that it will not overclock. Admittedly I am a noob. I tried the Asus AI 3 4 way optimization but it only overclocks to 3.6Ghz. I tried overclocking manually through the bios after reading many discussion threads and "How To" articles on the subject without success. I know this is a sweet machine and it's default speeds are still really great. I feel a little bummed that I have all the equipment to really make this baby scream but I just don't think this particular CPU can handle it. I wish I could hire one of you super nerds to come to the rescue. It needs some fine tuning I think. Anyway, I can play all the new games now without my computer crashing as my old one did. I am open to any comments, criticisms, or razing but don't be too harsh. We all have to start somewhere. I am still learning.
CASE: I wanted a quit computer and this case fits the bill. I do have all the vent covers off, (magnetic dust filters on), otherwise it would even be quieter. This case gave me ability to mount numerous fans and has good airflow. I need a mid-tower to fit under my desk. There is a good cable management system although I didn't get too anal about having everything perfect.
CPU: I really wanted to try my hand at overclocking that is why I bought this one. Either this CPU is dud or I am missing something on the steps needed for a successful OC, (or both).
GPU: I respect EVGA and think they have good customer service. There is always someone you can reach by phone. I waited for the 780 ti Classified edition and am glad I did. I went crazy and got two of them in SLI. I have the money and said, "What the hell. If I don't I will always wonder, what if." I have not attempted to OC them yet because I was so discouraged by my CPU performance.
MOTHERBOARD: Asus is a reputable brand. I was really impressed with this motherboard. I know it has way more functions than I will utilize but I liked the ability to utilize the Thunderbolt 2, (when there is eventually hardware that can take advantage of it.) I maybe should have gone with something that is geared more for gaming and overclocking. Maybe that is my problem with my attempts at OC.
RAM: I like Corsiar, as you can see from some of my component choices. 16 GB might be more than I need but just in case I wanted to have that headroom. This particular version was not on my Asus MoBo QVL list. The Corsair 8GB was so I thought it should still be fine. Maybe that is why I cannot OC?
COOLING: I always wanted to try liquid cooling. This was a much safer way to go and had good reviews. I didn't want a huge fan in my case and I bought high profile memory which prevented a large CPU fan mount. I had to add some nylon washers to the back of my MoBo because there was a 2mm gap between the mounting bracket and the MoBo. I could not tighten it down. There were other people having the same problem. That is where I got the idea for the washers.
SSD: It is so nice to boot from this drive. It is really fast. I used to have to literally wait 7 minutes for my old computer to boot.
HDD: I didn't get a second SDD as planned. This traditional hard drive is probably going to fill up fast.
FANS: I know I went a little crazy with the fans. I never really gave the stock fans in the case a chance. I just wanted the best of everything for this build so I went for it.
PSU: This power supply is sweet. I really like the energy saving mode and the provided cables were very nice. This was not on the QVL list either but it is working fine. I know a 1000 w is a lot but with to GPUs SLI I thought I should play it safe.
OS: Windows 8.1 takes a lot of getting used to. I don't really like it but I am getting by. Supposedly it is better for hyperthreading although the increase is not that significant. It has Diectx 11 and again, I am trying to future build this beast