Originally Posted by barrelbelly
Congratulations! And a great build. I envy the fun you are about to have. I', really interested on your thought process as you made compromises between parts. That would be instructive and very interesting. As I truly enjoy reading your knowledgeable comments. Did you consider a heftier PSU? And why did you go WIn8 Pro versus WIn7 or Win8.1. Everything I've read says Win7 is a much better OS for gaming. And that Win8.1 allows the new OS to work more like Win7.
I made a few compromises along the way. One thing I was certain on was 16gb of ram, using the 4770k, a 256gb SSD, and dual mechanical drives. Those were the musts. Everything else was adjustable (including the speed of the RAM.)
My initial build actually included a 1200w PSU, but that's simply beyond overkill. Under full load, this build will pull less than 500w total actually. So I saved quite a bit by stepping way down. Initially I stepped down to an 850w, then to save more went to a 750w, which is still more than enough for the entire rig to run at 100% load.
I went Win8 because I've been using it since RC and it's perfectly fine for gaming. It's every bit as good as 7, has a smaller footprint, and is less of a system hog. Everything that says 7 is a better OS for gaming, is, imo, a load of crap. And with the cost of Win8 Pro being the same a 7 Pro, it was a no brainer for me. As for 8.1, that's a free update coming for all Win8 owners anyway, so I'll be getting it, on all 3 of my computers
I'm still mulling over choices. I'm trying to decide if I want to change my case for a cheaper one and get the H100i, but the H80i is almost as good as the H100i, so it's nearly a moot point. I'm also considering the EVGA GTX 780 Classified for $50 if I can get a case for $100 (of which there are some quite good cases for that price), and that card has a lot of nice features for better speeds and overclocking, but then I'd lose out on the case I've wanted to have for years.
For me it really is all about maximizing the performance I'll get for this budget (I quite literally cannot go over this budget as I don't have the extra cash at all). So swapping out a case to potentially get better performance is something I would do.
EDIT: Still considering some other cases.
Rosewill THOR V2
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Cooler Master Storm Series Trooper
Antec Performance One P193 V3 (although I kinda HATE doors)
Thermaltake Chaser A71
Fractal Define XL R2 (love the case, but again, I hate doors)
Lian Li PC-7HB
Cooler Master HAF XB