A PC was needed at work to serve as a RIP to drive a large-format digital imager. Typical files would be large, e.g., 3 square meters @ 600ppcm, 32bpp.
I had never built a new PC before, but it was fun - both to design/build and to find deals.
My goal was to create the fastest (for number crunching, not gaming) and quietest PC I could within a budget of $1250 USD.
The build works very well. Even when all the cores are under full load @ 4.8GHz, the machine is barely audible, and CPU temps top out at 58°C.
Soon this PC will be repurposed to serve as a RIP in another workflow. I will add a RAID card and 4-6 Seagate Savvio 15K HDs.
I apologize for the lack of glamour shots, but by all means, please do enjoy the insurance photos. :)
(edit: build date May 2013) (edit: new photos)