I've been waiting for a long time to post this! This is the second new and improved iteration of my gaming and photo editing rig, Scarlette. Its been a very gradual build from my first post the better part of a year ago with many significant changes. I can't stand a loud computer, so it had to be quiet. So I swapped out the stupid loud stock H60 fan for the SP120 and a NZXT case fan for the AF120 and that brought the noise down lots. But still not enough. So against my wallets will I put a Enermax 140mm quiet fan at the top and replaced my older EVGA 600B PSU with the SuperNOVA 750 G2 on Eco mode so its very quiet now.
I got real sick of the old Spec-03 case fast. I chose the S340 because its not an Edge Lord case like so many of the cases out there now trying to so cool but trying to hard. I love it, its a great size, really really well built and showcases everything really cleanly. I dont know if I'd ever buy a case without a PSU shroud now.
Now for the hardware. I mainly play games like Fallout 4, Total War Rome 2 & Attila, World of Tanks, etc. but I also photoshop and use light room for my photos hence the 16 Gb of RAM I have that I thought I'd never need. It wasnt a choice after my RAM usage hit 100% @8 Gb in photoshop. The 970 is the real treasure here though. I dont regret returning that 960 I started out with for one second. Its not quite strong enough to push the 144 frames per sec that my monitor can handle the way I like to max games out, but... My Mobo does support SLI for the future..
The CPU is good enough in 90% of cases minus things like Total War Attila and World of Tanks (Its can only use a single core). I've had it up to 4.6 GHz fine. The H60 does a good job of keeping it cool considering how much I've throttled its rad fan. I hope to get a Zen CPU and Mobo when they come out.
The storage is great. The 850 EVO boots up and is ready well before I am. The Silicon Power SSD really just holds some games. The SSHD is not as bad as most people say. It is almost a perfect middleman as far as speed between an SSD and a HDD.
I love the keyboard too. The K70 is another thing I have no regrets about despite the big price tag I struggled to pay for a mere keyboard. Feels great to type and and its solidly built. The Perixx mouse is a company not many have heard of but that I'd recommend very highly. I paid $25 for the mouse and I have yet to hold a single Logitech, Razr, etc. mouse that feels both as great and as very solidly built as this is.
Oh, and I custom painted the GPU back-plate and AF120 colour ring. Its jsut something I thought would add to it and I think that it has.