So I finally was able to build my first PC after over a year of researching. Of course I ran into some problems as I was putting everything together but I learned many lessons along the way. I did try to keep my cable management as clean as possible. In the coming months, I do plan to slowly upgrade the parts to handle more demanding loads. Most likely it will to help with editing in videos and sound along with some artwork and gaming, of course. Overall, I am very happy with the build.
CPU: I knew I would want to overclock my CPU, whichever one I had gotten, and came to the conclusion that an Intel CPU would be easier with that job, especially with all the renderings and editing work I am doing. But, I couldn't flesh out for the i7 with hyperthreading, so I am disappointed in that, but that will definitely be a new upgrade soon enough.
CPU Cooler: The Hyper 212 was a no brainer as the constant reviews gave it a high rating and the low price for this performance couldn't of been overlooked.
Motherboard: Now, as before, I did want to overclock, but SLI wasn't that much an idea for me because of the cost of another GPU would of been too expensive. Plus, with the blue and black color scheme, it worked well with the case and memory. So a Z97 was perfect.
Memory: This is a part I wish I could of gone with a higher clock speed, but at the time, to go to a 2133 would of been at least another $50, so that was out of the question. 8 gb is more than enough for gaming but with large projects, I could use another set, but at higher speeds. Although that is a ways away as this set is doing well for now.
Storage: The SSD was a must for the OS and the 1TB would be used for all other storage use. Luckily, HDD prices are dropping fast and will definitely get a 2TB in the next month. The prices for these couldn't be matched either, so picked these up for a good steal.
GPU: Now here is where I feel I made the best decision. With lost wattage needs, higher clock speeds, and quieter fans than that 780, and at this price, I couldn't say no. Now I have been aware of the recent events with the GDDR5 memory issue of "not being true 4gb", but honestly, it performed excellent before I knew about it, and will continue to perform well for as long as I use it. So I don't regret my decision at all.
PSU: Since I knew I was going to only have one GPU for a while and not a very demanding CPU, even at overclocked speeds, I went for the Seasonic Bronze. There was no need for a larger power supply, at least not for another half a year, so I'm happy with it.
Case: So, at first, this case was not my first choice. My first choice was the Phanteks Enthoo Pro, but it was sold out everywhere I looked at the time. So I found this Inwin, and with my previous knowledge of the high quality of Inwin cases, I decided with this one. The sharp edges and angled features were something I really like to see in a case. Some others might not like it, but I do, so there's that. I did custom paint the vents on the front and side and with my logo on the side. The only discrepancy is the blue tinted window, wish it was white, but again, it matches the color scheme well, so I can't complain.
OS: Here is where some people might not like what I have chosen, but Windows 8 and 8.1 are just what Im used to so decided to go with the 8.1. And I also knew Windows 10 was coming out this year, so wanted a version closest to the new one coming out. But now, I can get the 10 version for free, which is a huge plus, even though it will be in "beta" mode.
Monitors: With the 24" 144hz, 1ms response time in 1080p, at this price, I couldn't say no! And with my multimedia work, I had to get two.
Peripherals: I went for the compact board as I don't use the side number keys very often. And they are cherry MX blues, not reds. Very quiet for a mechanical keyboard. Plus, the brushed metal exterior looks amazing. The mouse was honestly in my color scheme and not too complicated with many buttons. Laser vs optical wasn't really a big deal to me either, so just went with Logitech as I have had a great experience in the past with their products. The headphones, I just must say, for under $100, I don't think I could find any better. The bass and range of tones and vocals is just magnificent. Plus the mic gives me clear voice and no echo from the room at all.
So that is all of my parts. I know it is a long list and a lot of reading but just wanted to go into full detail about the parts. I did forget to mention that I can play most games at Ultra with over 100 fps, so that's a huge plus. And if you were wondering, the Trinity name is my youtube channel, with Only_Trinity being my Twitch name. You are more than welcome to watch my videos. But also I will try to continually update the post as I upgrade my PC and put a plus for the Nutella! Thanks for reading this very long post. Oh, and sorry about the bad picture quality, only had a crappy camcorder on hand..