College Refund Well Spent!
I have no access to spell check right now so be gentle grammar nazis!
More pictures will be uploaded when I have the time to do so (I have finals coming up so no promises).
Half of this build was purchased back in Q1 2014 so that is why some of the part choices may seem a bit odd. Built on: 01/30/2014 Updated with the 970s and 1000w PSU: 10/27/2014 Also, howdy from LinusTechTips!
Pros: It's a quad-core with hyperthreading and it's CPU clock out of the box is 3.5 GHz.
Cons: Gets hotter than the surface of the sun with even slight overclocking/overvolting. The farthest I could get was 4.2 GHz and even then it was pushing 80c in some applications under load (which I wasn't comfortable with). I set it back to it's default clock after I got a BSOD over and over again :(
Pros: It's a great cooler considering that it's air and not water, it keeps my CPU under 70c while under load and is much more queit than all the other fans in my system.
Cons: It's big and makes changing the ram a lot more difficult.
Pros: It costs a lot less than ASUS ROG mobos and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference either way.
Cons: I haven't found any after 1 year of use.
Pros: I haven't oced it yet, but I'm sure that it does well.
Cons: It's hard to install with the giant air cooler in my way.
Pros: My PC boots up incredibly fast and I have enough storage (for now) to store all of my games and save files without worrying.
Cons: The Barracuda drive makes this really annoying chirping sound and I had to install a software called CrystalDiskInfo in order to force the drive to stop the noise (it was the APM thing that the drive has).
Pros: I can run all games at 1080p Ultra without worrying about temps going through the roof. They are relatively quiet at 100% load even with six extra fans running at full speed. The backplate is awesome and they come with cherry picked chips that perform very well at stock speeds. Haven't bothered overclocking them yet since I'm sure the temps would go crazy.
Cons: One of the cards has coil whine that's audible only if you put your ear right next to the card while it's under load.
EDIT: Just overclocked both to 1430MHz and they are running just fine :)
Pros: It has a window and it has a fan controller that I currently have set to 12v for the best cooling with my 970s. It is also silent.
Cons: Uhm...the front dust filter is a bit hard to get to?
Pros: Fully-modular and 80+ Gold rated (as long as its 80+ whatever it doesn't really matter).
Cons: ...its a power supply...I can't really complain unless it explodes.
Cons: It's a disk drive.
Pros: It's not Windows 8.
Cons: It costs $100 and support for it will end soon :(
Pros: IPS and it doesn't cost that much.
Cons: It's not a 4k monitor.
Pros: Mechanical and it has Blue LEDs to match the Windforce logos on my 970s. As for the mouse it is great for gaming. The keyboard also has a volume wheel that I use constantly now.
Cons: Non so far.
And that is where my college refund went and I can say that I am very pleased with the performance of this machine. I used to have a 780 in it but then I heard that Nvidia's new Maxwell cards had arrived and I said "Sign me up!" A future upgrade could be either an AIO water cooler or a custom loop so that changing out the ram isn't such an arduous process. I don't have access to spell check right now so please excuse any spelling errors that I have made in this description :)