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Got myself a Logitech G105 Keyboard, the AZIO is good but i decided to complete the package with a serious keyboard.
I also added a picture of the power cables made to look more pretty by twisting them.
This was my summer project. I don't have any build pictures because my girlfriend and I built it one afternoon, and I forgot to take them.
CPU: I don't plan on overclocking this processor, but I do intend to stress it with intensive video editing and processing tasks. I didn't originally plan on buying an i7, but I saw this ad on craigslist for a brand new, DOA tested i7 for $200 and I couldn't pass that up.
Cooler: Corsair closed loop coolers have always been a favorite of mine. I found this on Newegg on sale, weeks before I ordered anything else. The 63mm total height when assembled is the exact wrong height for the case, and heat sink on the motherboard.
I may take a picture, but there is a 1.5mm clearance between the corner of the fan on the cooler, and the corner of the heatsink. This is after I mounted the radiator in alternate vent holes in the top of the case. Only 3 lined up at first, but using some heavy duty clippers, I cut the steel so I could get all but some center screws in. Even with the shoddy paste between the die and IHS of the Haswell processor, Prime95 could only get the cores to about 55C after an hour, while idling at about 27C.
Motherboard: This board is hands-down the most beautiful I have ever held. Its a perfect, minimal feature board. POST is achieved in an average of 6 seconds, with the full boot from SSD just over 12. The 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports were a huge seller for me, as well as the super pretty blue heatsinks and ultra black PCB.
Memory: I wanted something blue and something Corsair, or G.Skill. QVL for the board showed a few different corsair module under 4GB-1866, and not many G.Skill. Just as luck would have it, the day I went to buy memory, it and the exact GTX 770 model I was looking for went on combo sale on Newegg. XMP loaded for all 4 modules in one shot, immediately optimizing them.
SD Ultra Plus, OS Boot.
2x Samsung 840 Evo, RAID 0, Games and applications.
WD Black, Storage.
WD Green, Backup.
770 SLI: I already had a GTX 770 card from my previous build, which I got for a wicked good deal. Another was in order because I have never done SLI on such high-end cards.
Source 530: By far the smallest ATX Full tower I have ever seen. Good airflow, sleek design, side window, and amazing cable management. Not much else you could ask for.
PSU: Again, Corsair. Fully modular is the only way to go in a build like this, especially with the totally awesome Corsair cables I planned on.
Sound card: Normally I wouldn't buy a sound card, but audio production and editing demanded I get a suitable chip for fast response.
Corsair AF120 and SP120: I really don't see what people are complaining about with the noise of these fans, even without headphones on, it sounds like a mild air stream next to me, not even louder than the keystrokes of my keyboard.
I highly recommend the Corsair individually sleeved DC Cable Kits, they are super high quality and look amazing.
This Machine scored just under 12000 in 3DMark Fire Strike.