My Raging Clue! This build started out as a slow piece-together/use what I had already type of idea but quickly spiraled into me buying a ton of stuff at once and reusing some things . I already owned the monitors (I've had the Samsung for YEARS...it was $320 when I bought it...insane for what you can get these days for that price), speakers, OS, CPU, Black Magic Intensity Pro, Razer Lycosa, Razer Mamba, Astro A40's (Red BXR, although the parts list says Black), the 120gb SSD, and the 1tb and 2tb HDD's from a previous PC build.
I use the machine for gaming and video editing and way down the road I plan to buy another GTX 770 for an SLI configuration, another 16gb of Ripjaws X, and MAAAYBE upgrade the cpu...I've never once had a complaint about my 2600s but I wouldn't mind a K series.
Installation couldn't have gone any easier, I took my time and completed it in a couple of nights after work and in between gaming with friends, most of my time was devoted to cable management since I'm a stickler for that stuff. I had a bunch of LED's laying around and originally installed red (no pictures) but I ended up deciding on orange!
I used the "two thin line" thermal paste application method and slapped the 212 EVO onto the CPU. My suggestion for installing the EVO is to line up your screws on the X to the mount before running the X through the cooler, once you have the screws where they need to be (after making any adjustments) then run the X through the cooler and screw it on to your CPU.
The Fractal Define R4 windowed case is an absolute monster. It's super heavy duty, super quiet, and sexy. While installing all of my software and monitoring cpu and gpu temps on the first night I had the case pulled out by my feet and the air coming out of that thing was making my feet cold. In the pictures you can see that I have not added any more fans, just what the case came with. You can also see that I mounted my SSDs on the back and my two HDDs in the drive bays, allowing me to remove the secondary drive bay and move the front 140mm fan up to the top slot. I think it helps a ton to have that fan pulling in and shooting straight into the case with nothing to block the airflow.
PNY SSDs - I've read and heard a lot about sandforce powered SSDs and these perform wonderfully. My ONLY complaint is that they are not showing up in the PNY Firmware update tool, so I haven't been able to update their firmware.
ASRock mobo...man this thing is nice. The BIOS had me from hello, I absolutely love it. There is a "No-K OC" overclock option for the CPU and since I have an S series I turned it on. (It has been on since initial setup, so all my cpu temperature values include that option being active)
I've never owned a PC that could run new games at max settings so this is a huge eye opener for me, while playing Skyrim I stood on top of a mountain watching the snow fall on Ultra settings and asked myself why I didn't take the plunge long, long, ago.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me! If I think of anything else that came up during the build I'll be sure to add it, but it was really problem free. I worked at a very steady pace and was surprised when everything booted up fine on the first try, haha!