This is a follow-up to the earlier thread...
And, once again, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who came along!
Ok, so, here are the parts I've ended up getting:
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D;
- PSU: Corsair AX860;
- Mobo: ASUS Z87 EXPERT;
- CPU: 4770K;
- GPU: ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5;
- RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2400Mhz (2x8);
- HDD1 (OS): PCIe-SSD OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB;
- HDD2 (archive): 2xWestern Digital Red 3TB (RAID 1);
- CPU cooling: Noctua NH-U14S;
The rationale, the impressions, and the final words.
Mobo: In the beginning, I wanted a DELUXE/DUAL motherboard because it was fully-loaded. I've bought the EXPERT version because I've figured that the NFC express pod, which I had been hooked on before, is pretty much useless. It's being advertised as a cable-free device to quickly transfer, for example, the photos from your mobile to the PC. What they don't disclose is its speed. It's 424 kbit/s according to Wikipedia. Even Bluetooth is faster, so I'll just stick to USB in order to connect my phone to the PC when I need to.
When compared to the DELUXE/DUAL, the EXPERT lacks the following:
- the second thunderbolt port;
- two sata ports (8 vs 10 - this was the hardest choice);
- nfc express (useless).
CPU cooling: I'm very impressed by Noctua! It's the best heat-sink. Period. Even the single radiator version, the one that I got, NH-U14S, is HUGE and I used to want the NH-D14 before - it would have been a total overkill.
CPU: 4770K is a really hard-to-tame beast. To overclock it is truly a challenge. Ideally, I want 4800Mhz, but I haven't been able to reach this speed yet with the memory running at 2400Mhz simultaneously. So, I am currently sitting at a very cool and stable 4000Mhz rate with 2000Mhz RAM for 1:2 ratio.
GPU: The ASUS GTX770 is very silent...and uber fast for the single monitor setup!
PCIe-SSD: The RevoDrive is an amazing device!
And, finally, here comes the photo report!
The hidden wall of fame: