Man, I built this thing so long ago. This was definitely a little overkill at first, but every dollar I've invested in it has not let me down, and I don't regret it. I bought all these parts on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
This was originally a gaming/daily use/minor editing build, but has since then taken on a lot of my work responsibilities as well. And let me tell you, it blows everything I throw at it away! It drives 3 2K monitors and still plays all the latest games at max with room to spare (probably not Crysis though). My entire build is actually too big for my desk, and I have the PC sitting on the case box next to it. It's ridiculous!
I'll post more pictures of the cases cable management, and try to get better lighting for a good photo shoot :)
Now, on to the part breakdown:
-----------CPU------------ This 6600K has not faltered once since I got it. It runs very cool with the help of my Kraken x61, and I achieved a hefty OC of 4.2 GHz, .7 higher than stock. I have no complaints here, except that when I bought it, I bought from a 3rd Party Seller and paid a premium, since Newegg was out of stock. Of course, they were in stock as soon as my order shipped, which could've saved me around 70 bucks.
----------Cooler----------- No complaints here either, the x61 keeps my temps very level and only has a little pump hum. The CAM software that it comes with is pretty good too, it just doesn't like the built in fan controller that came with my case, and alerts me every time they "stop working".
-----------Mobo------------ I have differing opinions on this Motherboard. It is definitely the prettiest eye-candy for a computer that matched my white-black-red theme, but I've also had some weird stuff go on with it. My computer will randomly wake up from sleep mode in the middle of the night and throughout the day. It just clicks on. I'm not sure if this is the Mobo's fault, but I've updated everything that I could and disabled wake timers in Windows, so I'm at a loss for it there. I also had some weird shenanigans with memory errors and BSOD's in the beginning, but they have since stop occurring. I have no doubt that I am able to achieve such a high OC because of this board though, and it has every feature on the face of the earth, if you needed it. The built-in WiFi antenna also doesn't mess around, the couple times I've had to use it, it has been phenomenal. There is one other thing to note, and that is it only has a couple USB headers. After plugging in the ones for my case, and the one for the x61, there wasn't any left to plug in my CorsairLink cable for the PSU. Just something I didn't consider, but it's not a huge deal.
Theres also one other thing that bugs the piss out of me about this board. Ever since I updated the bios on it to the latest version, it will always cold boot to the bios screen. Waking up is fine, but resuming from hibernation or booting up from shutdown will always load up the bios screen first. I have had no luck finding the setting to turn it off either.
---------RAM------------- It's really pretty and glows a perfect opaque white. Too bad there's no way to make it stop flashing. based on temperature.
--------Storage-------- The first thing people would ask me is "Jeff, why on earth do you have TWO 960GB SSD's?" To which I respond, "I play a lot of games" Plus it was a killer deal, I had to get two. As for the 8TB, that was to hold everything from my last computer plus some. Could I have gone with a 6TB? Sure, but wheres the fun in that? It's not the fastest HDD out there, but I don't ask it to be. Relatively quiet, huge capacity, fits the bill quite nicely
----------GPU------------ Oh man, this thing is a beast. First off, it looks bad ***. Secondly, it is SO HUGE. Like, "I had to support all four corners so the table wouldn't wobble at dinner" huge. The GPU sag wasn't actually that bad, I just didn't want it to warp over time. As for games, nothing stands in it's way. Did you expect any less though? Side note, there is a flashing LED on the top of the card that you either have to turn off or let flash. No way to make it solid either.
----------PSU---------- I went with the 860W Platinum for two reasons: The OC headroom is very nice, and the platinum rating will keep the rest of my components healthy for much longer. It's a shame I couldn't use the CorsairLink on this build, but I've been fine without it. No complaints
-------Monitors-------- This was definitely a splurge, but the black friday deal on them was just too good to pass up, and I've always wanted a 3 monitor setup for my personal use. The build quality is outstanding, colors are sharp, and there's very little distortion from different viewing angles. And the detail and information density of 2560X1440 at 25" is quite literally eye opening. I went in to work the next day and sat in front of my 1080p main monitor with two 1600X900 side monitors in complete disgust. Once you go 2K, everything below is passé. These monitors are top shelf stuff.