UPDATE 8 - 1/20/2018 - I got some new GPUs and added my mechanical keyboard to the part list to keep these things as updated as possible. Unfortunately, PCPartPicker doesn't include everything I've got in the machine, so I've had to get the closest approximation (looking at you hard drives). Anyways. The next thing to get is a new CPU and a new MOBO once the current security flaws are addressed in future designs and I'm not taking a 20% hit to performance over it.
------------------------ EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD ----------------------- This is my build in its current iteration. I finally moved over to an Intel Processor after being with AMD for the past few years. The only reason I switched was due to some slowdown that I experienced during the rendering and compiling of various projects that were eating into my productivity.
I use this computer for everything, and so it is designed to be able to chew through any and every task that is thrown at it.
There are a few things that could be changed, namely the GPU's and PSU at this point. The estimated usage of PCPP is generous. The 860i powers this machine, but cuts a bit closer than I'd like.
In the future I will move up to a 1200w supply and use two dual gpu cards to allow my main monitor to be on a separate card from the rest. I'd also like to upgrade my sound card whenever something tangibly better is released, at the same time I'll be replacing my BeyerDynamic T70s with T1s.
Additionally, a conflict was thrown between my cooler and my case, however I have had no issues using them together. Getting the fans to sit well at the top of the case was a little bit tedious, and I ended up using two sets of smaller screws that came with the case instead of the supplied screws. I could have used the screws supplied by Corsair and it would have worked well enough, but it was much easier to do this on my own using two sets of smaller screws instead.
The cooler works wonders, and I'm sitting comfortably at a 4.2GHZ overclock and haven't seen my CPU go above 55C no matter what I'm doing or how much I'm doing it. It's been a real treat so far, and I'm very pleased with the performance.
What I didn't add in here was a 6x freestanding monitor stand that I use to support my screens. It is a very solid stand and I've had no problems using it and has helped my throughput greatly in regards to work and school as well. Also, I a different brand of hybrid drives at a higher capacity and at 7200rpm, but I couldn't find those listed so I went with the closest I could find.
Update 1: Purchased a 1500w Corsair PSU. I wasn't running into power issues yet, but I became uneasy with how close I was cutting it and went ahead and upgraded to a new supply. After more research I settled on a 1500w supply for both future proofing and additional wiggle room as the PSU ages and loses efficiency.
Update 2: NZXT Phantom 820 purchased, providing better cooling and a much cleaner case to work with than my original R4. I've had to do a series of RMA replacements for the Mobo, RAM, and GPUs due to various independent issues that have been resolved. All was under warranty and went off without issue. Build is purring smoothly.
Update 3: 2x 970's have replaced the r9 280x's that powered this. Gaming is still not a priority, but the cards were showing their age in other graphical applications and needed an upgrade. The 280x's were sold and the money used to purchase 970's. I was going to get 2 r9 295x2's but it felt a bit overkill. I may wait until a new dual GPU card comes out before upgrading again.
Update 4: A pretty substantial upgrade is in the works. All 6 monitors are being replaced by 4k monitors. New sound card, new headphones, as well as changing around some of the hard drives to better reflect what is actually in the machine. I've broken the $10,000 barrier in total cost over the last 5 years and that felt substantial in some way.
Update 5: Nothing too major. Just replaced the 970's with 2x 1070's. I had to replace the Xonar Essence STX due to some weird issues after the upgrade. It's out of warranty and am now using the Xonar Essence STX II and have switched out the Op Amps with the additional included LME 49720s and the sound is wonderful.
Update 6: I can't seem to find any monitors that I'm happy with. So I'm still playing with different ones until I settle. Changed out hard drives, finally.
Update 7: Well, I settled on some Acer Monitors that I actually really like. The bezel is small, they have a great response time, good size, VESA mounts, and meet the weight requirements. I only have 3 setup while I'm in the process of moving, but overall I'm extremely happy. I also built myself a new keyboard, so that's been taken off of the build. It adds another 700 to the total price of the build, so it's not something I encourage you to do. More pictures will come soon, but I need to warn you that my cable management is pretty awful.