My first ever custom build for gaming, everyday use, overclocking/hobby building. Decided on roughly a $1000 budget. Went a bit over when I opted to add a SSD for the boot drive, 16GB of RAM (more on this later), a decent 1080p LED monitor, and three more fans. Though I didn't go over by much.
In the end, the build will cost $1,165 after rebates.
Back to the RAM, opted for 16GB because I'll likely split the four module kit for my parents' future PC build. I need to replace their crappy Dell that burnt out.
I wanted a build that I could also upgrade fairly easily in the future as needed for gaming. So I'll likely Crossfire the 7870 and go with a three monitor setup as prices drop.
Listed the three extra Aerocool Shark fans because as of this post, I have yet to receive the shipment and install them. I'll update with more pictures when the fans are in and the computer/LEDs are on (I am publishing this from this PC so it does work even though the pictures don't show it operational). As far as fan configuration; two Sharks for the front intake, move 200mm CM Megaflow from the front to the top exhaust, move rear CM R4 120mm to the Hyper 212+ (for push-pull), and last Shark for rear exhaust.
Since I needed a new hobby and I chose PC building, I worked pretty hard on the cable management and figuring out all the components I really wanted/needed/splurged on. Any thoughts, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Didn't list a keyboard because I took my parents' old Dell keyboard. Still looking for a decent, mid-tier keyboard to go with that isn't going to break the bank. Any recommendations on a keyboard is also welcome.