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I have been itching to assemble a build like this for about a year now, and it finally became a reality this week! This build will mainly be used for web design, photo and video editing, and gaming; the 1440p real estate really helps with productivity and makes gaming more immersive. As this is my first time building a PC, the assembly proved quite the learning curve. The entire build took about eight hours. Sorry about the photo quality; I'm not a great photographer! And cable management definitely has much room for improvement.
A quick run-down of components:
4770k: I was debating between this and the 4670k, but opted for the former because I wanted HT for video editing. I only did a mild overclock to 4.1 ghz. So far it's been stable, cool, and blazing fast!
H60: Fits in the Node with some room to spare. As I travel in the summer, the MB is less likely to be damaged thanks to the little pressure that the H60 exerts on the MB vs. large air-coolers like the Noctuas (which are great coolers in their own rights).
Asus Z87I-DELUXE: Connectivity is abundant, UEFI is easy to work with, and overclocking was a breeze.
G.Skill RAM: It's G. Skill. Stable at 1866mhz.
Samsung 840 pro: This SSD does not fall short of expectations from its rave reviews online. Windows always boots under 10 seconds, and my rig almost always takes the lead loading online games.
WD Blue: Both drives have been stable so far, and the Blue is pretty fast for an HDD. 1TB mainly for storage.
EVGA GTX780: Fast and quiet; makes 1440p a truly enjoyable experience. Playing modded Skyrim (RealVision ENB + a bunch of 2048 and 4096 texture packs + more) without a hitch. Constant 60 fps indoors and ~47 fps outdoors.
Node 304: Minimalist design, great construction and aesthetics, and good airflow.
Silverstone PSU: 550W powers everything just fine! Short cable set made things a lot easier. Great PSU for the Node.
Asus PB278Q Monitor: Good color reproduction, no noticeable ghosting with Trace Free set at 20. Using the ICC profile from TFT Central.
Corsair K70: THIS KEYBOARD LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE HEAVEN.
Logitech G500: My G500 is two years old now. I used it on my laptop before this build, and it followed me in all my travels. It is still as functional and as awesome as the day I bought it.
CPU temps are acquired through Prime95, and GPU temps through Unigine Valley on Ultra. Both tests were run for about 30 minutes.
I love this build. I find it hard to leave my desk now!! Feedback and suggestions are welcome. Go easy on me please as it is my first build :)