I started looking into this build a good few months ago and with a recent visit to the USA (I live in the UK) and the benefit of EVGA,Intel and Corsair offering international warranty I managed to save a good few hundred pounds by getting the GPU, Processor and RAM over there due to the $ > £ exchange rate.
So the build was for myself and mainly aimed at a gaming. I also work as a games programmer so wanted a rig that was great for programming too.
Only a couple of pictures at the moment, but I will take more once I get everything properly installed and fasten it all back up.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to comment and ask!
CPU: Pretty renown for being the flagship i7 so decided to go with it for this build.
CPU Cooler: I'm definitely not against non-water based CPU coolers and in a lot of reviews heatsinks such as the Noctua's actually out perform the AIO water coolers. However, I wanted this rig to look the part too and I think it looks much nicer without a fat heatsink sat there. Obviously the radiator is up top, but It's much more aesthetically pleasing. I went for a 105 due to the small decrease of temperature in its reviews and larger radiator compared with the h100i. Nothing more to it really.
One thing I will note about this cooler, as there is ALOT of info on the forums about it. People are complaining that the backplate is loose before screwing down the actual cooler. I also noticed this and spent an hour scouring the forums with some saying it should be loose and others trying to say it shouldn't and that Corsair "got it wrong" and it needed fixing with washers. Just to be ABSOLUTELY clear. It IS meant to be loose before screwing down the cooler. I decided to take the plunge and go for it and screw it on and EVERYTHING tightened up perfectly. It is solid as a rock now. People claiming you need washers could be lifting their cooler and maybe making it not make good contact. Do not use washers! Trust the installation manual!
Motherboard: I was probably a day away from ordering the VI Hero when I read the news of the new z97 boards being released and being backwards compatible with 4th gen CPU's. I was also reading that their was a hardware bug in the x79 chipset which intel had issued a fix for. I wasn't sure if any of the VI Hero's being sold were the 2nd revision of them or not so that further strengthened going with the VII. The price is also pretty much the same between the VI and VII.
RAM: Just some decent, pretty, red RAM. Nothing ore to say really.
SSD: The 840 EVO comes up strong in most of its reviews and it fit my budget perfectly so why not?
GPU: I've always skimped on the GPU in my previous builds and didn't want to make the same mistake and end up upgrading it again in 12 months time. Pretty pricey I know, but due to the $ >£ exchange rate I managed to bag this card for ~£450 I think it was. Which is a massive saving compared to the UK market. Like I said earlier too, I've read EVGA offer great support and great warranty. Including their Step Up service. Not that I suspect many cards are planned for the next 3 months that may be an upgrade.
Case: Pictures really don't do this case justice. It is absolute beautiful. The matte finish is gorgeous and it is by far one of the sturdiest, nicest finished cases I've ever had the pleasure of using. The panels(including front and top) are extremely easy to remove and are not fiddly at all. This allows very easy access to the dust shields in order to clean. The fact the PSU is hidden from view means that cable management is a dream and looks absolutely stunning. I cant praise this case enough. It was miles above expectation. Great job NZXT.
PSU: Not amazing, not terrible. Just a pretty decent, renown PSU from Corsair. Plenty of juice for a single 780ti. Would obviously need upgrading if I ever decided to go SLI.