This is a repost of my original "Genesis" build. Over time a few things have changed. Mostly the CPU cooler, motherboard, graphics cards, added another HDD, etc.
Let me start by saying that I use this computer to game, compile, render, use as a server, and whatever else I may want it to do. That is why I went with 32gb of RAM, and an i7. I appreciate constructive criticism, but please take this description into account before you say things like "i5 for gaming!" or "32gb is overkill" etc, etc.
Most of the parts I picked were just down to research, and what I thought was going to suit me best. I decided to go from one GTX 680 to two Radeon R9 280x's since the price hasn't been coming down on the 680 enough to justify an SLI setup, especially since it is a discontinued item and is getting harder to find.
CPU: Originally my plan was to get a 3930k, but I decided to settle for this. My primary role in mind for this rig was gaming and office work, but I like to have the horsepower when needed for applications like photo/video editing, among other things. I felt like the 3770k was a perfect balance between performance and value.
COOLER: I love the look of this cooler, and the fact that it is a 280mm radiator. I know performance is roughly the same of a H100i, but so was the price, at the time of purchase. I thought it was cool to stick with NZXT for a cooler, since I have their case. Best of all, the software is simple, and works flawlessly. You can even change set a "danger zone" color, once the CPU (or CPU WATER) temp reached a certain temperature. I set mine to RED, but you have a whole selection of colors.
PASTE: I love Arctic Silver. That is my "go to" paste when it comes to general purpose things. But I swear by TX-4 for high performance applications. It may be expensive, but it has never let me down. It also doen't require a "burn-in" time like some other pastes, and it is also electrically non-conductive... which means you don't have to worry about it wreaking havoc on your system if you ooze some out over your CPU.
MOBO: I originally had a Gigabyte Z77X UD5H, but decided to get this board since I thought I had a faulty board. Needless to say, this board is a solid performer, and nothing was wrong with the other one at all. I will either sell the UD5H, or re-purpose it for an office build... Haven't decided yet.
RAM: 32GB of fast RAM for under $200? Count me in! I also thought that these were pretty sexy looking, so it was a no-brainer, since I am also going for aesthetics in my build.
SSD: One of the best ones on the market. Perfect price/performance IMHO. 256 is good enough for me.
STORAGE: 4TB. Enough for all of your "adult needs". In all seriousness though, my Steam library is huge, and add my Origin and uPlay in there and we are talking about 600-700gb. All the games are stored on my Black. Photos, music, movies, programs, etc, are all on the Green. I also have another 1tb Green laying around which I use for removable storage via the Kingwin HS Bay.
GPU: Probably one of the best cards out there for the money. This thing honestly goes toe to toe with my old 680. Two of them are just BEAST! Cards get to about 59-60 under stress, and run BF4 and my other games beautifully. I was running Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army at about 250FPS, which is completely unnecessary, but still pretty damn funny nonetheless.
CASE: I absolutely love my Phantom. If I ever decided to switch cases, it will probably be a newer Phantom. Every time somebody asks for a good case, I usually just blurt out NZXT. I have talked a few of my buddies into Phantom 410's, one of which I got to build and it is in my completed builds. I know there are others out there, but this one suits my fancy nicely.
FANS: In an attempt to keept the entire chassis NZXT, I stuck with NZXY fans. I love them. They give off a nice color, aren't very loud - even at full tilt, and they have very good airflow.
I wanted something that would DEFINITELY last me the lifetime of this computer, as well as (possibly) live on to serve the next computer. I wanted something at least 1k watts. My build under full load probably takes 800 from the wall, considering the overclock, etc. I love the fact that my PSU is a tier one PSU, that is 80+ GOLD, and is powerful enough to take anything that I can throw at it. I have also seen power drop in PSU's when the ambient temperature starts getting higher.
DISC: I wanted a Blu-ray burner. More of an impulse buy, but I have no regrets. I like the fact that I can watch Blu-ray's on my PC (which is also hooked up to my plasma TV, just to watch movies while in bed, lol). I also like the fact that I can now back my data up on blu-ray discs. They are a lot more durable than DVD's, and hold a butt-ton more.
OS: I actually really like it. Did a few tweaks to make it feel and look like 7. The metro interface isn't intrusive at all.
MOUSE AND KEYBOARD: They are both great, and I highly recommend them.
One thing that really pissed me off was the heatsink shrouds on the MPOWER MOBO. I hated the yellow stripes, so I decided to paint them to better suit my taste. I am still messing around with some of the overclocking settings, but I don't think I have "quite" gotten to that sweet spot yet, but I feel I am close. Anyways, here is what it scored on 3DMark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1720958