It has been a quite a while since I built a PC or tinkered with it. I am not sure when I am going to get time to complete it if at all as work in the Christmas month is disgustingly busy. But anyways I have not even decided where I am going with the build but here's a starting point. I got this by accident as I was looking for something else and stumbled across it. The seller lived fairly locally and offered to deliver it at no charge. He also had a full watercooling setup which went inside it but I am still undecided by it. It needs a bit of a clean but seems to be in fairly good condition. Couldn't believe he wanted to let this go until I took delivery of it and then I knew why. It's a extremely large case and maybe you can't tell in the pictures but it silly big. So I thought I create a little build blog type and see where it goes. So I have had a bit of thought about this new proposed setup and there seems to be two option which tickle my fancy. Build 1. Intel 4770k Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler 2x Samsung 840 evo 256gb Gigabyte z87-oc Samsung green memory 2x8gb 2x 780ti sli/290x Crossfire Dell ultra sharp u3014 monitor Corsair 900d (already have) Corsair AX850 PSU (already have) My existing monitor would then switch to my new mac setup. Also for some reason I am tempted to make my own budget watercooling setup for experimentation but that would be at a later date. Build number 2. Intel 4930k Asus Rampage black TeamGroup Xtreem LV 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-20800C10 2600MHz Dual/Quad Channel Kit 2x Samsung 840 pro 256gb Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 31.5" Widescreen LED 4K Monitor - Midnight Black 2-3x 780ti tri sli/290x tri crossfire Seasonic X-Series 1250w '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply Corsair 900d (already have) In this kind of setup I would probably get watercooling over the air cooler for sure. THe bigest issue I have with the Dell monitor is neither the cost or the res it runs at. But the ancillary equipment that is needed to drive it. In build number 1 sli or crossfire setups are more than enough for the 2560x1600 res i should know I have run multiple crossfire and SLI setups to drive my dell 3007 for many years now. In terms of monitor technology compare to say gfx cards monitor technology moves relatively slowy it only been these past two years that things have started to push forward. So with a 4k monitor Sli 780ti or crossfired 290x I would describe as the bare minimum to drive it if you are looking for a graphical array to drive a 4k monitor. And from what I have seen so far it seems to be the case. Here's where things get slushy. To have playable framerates at good acceptable lvl at 4k you would have to step into the realms of tri crossfire and tri sli. And whie it seems costly and while it seems simple enough it's not. Anytime you need tri crossfire and tri sli you need a board with 3x pci lanes running at 16x bandwidth. Because what happens if you run it on a ordainary board is that you lose frames. Now while this framerate loss is neglible at low res it starts to come into effect around the 2560x1600 res and increases as the res goes up. And while something like tri crossfire and tri sli have stupendous amounts of grunt they will meet their match in the shape of a 4k display. You will be expecting to be getting around 60-80 fps with that kind of hardware on a 4k display. But it doesn't end there. The scaling of tri sli and tri crossfire is bad. Bad in the shape that only a handful of games scale well with it with most not recognising the third card. Also the boards where the pci lanes that run full bandwidth across all lanes are x79 chipset based which is s expensive and to be blunt at the end of it lifecycle. Also tri crossfire and tri sli territory is plagued with cpu bottlenecking issues as the sheer grunt of these cards are way too mcuh for any cpu to handle. Considering haswell is not a very good overclocking platform for enthusiasts and neither is ivybrige with most chips topping out at 4.4-4.6ghz won't cut it with tri crossfire or tri sli. So the only opther option is if you can;t overclock the hell out of the chip to bypass the cpu bottleneck then you have to buy a chip which has more cores instead. This setup sceanrio reminds of the days when I first switch from a dell 2005 monitor to the dell 3007 monitor. If you are not a gamer you are laughing but if oyu like to play games on a then considered high res monitor then while it can be satisfying but also be prepared for a lot of frustation as well. ***Update*** So I have got some bits arrived. Here is my watercooling setup or part of. All I need is tubing, the water and possible a new reservoir as i don;t like this one. I picked this up second hand and I think the setup is overkill for my needs. But I picked it up fairly cheap locally so it not too bad. Never ever built a watercooling setup before so will be interesting to see how I get on with it. Also got another WD 3tb red as i really like them and also on it way is 2x Samsung 840 evo's 256gb More Stuff arrived! So TOday more things arrived. So these were bought second hand and while I really want to jump in and build it properly I need to quickly these items work properly. What I usually do when builing any pc regardless if it is bought new or second hand is test the pc at stock and here is no different. So while I need to put the watercooling stuff in and what not I will just install it at stock settings and overnight test for stability. But I still need to install the base system first. So with any build the first thing I do is install the PSU first. Because it doesn't take me long to build a pc I next install the I/O shield and then motherboard/cpu/ram. In past builds becuase I can build a pc straight to finish and get it installed in no time I always forget the I/O shield and while not essential it winds me up. I already have the CPU/and RAM installed before I mount it to the case. For testing purposes I will be using teh Stock intel cooler. Once I am satisfied it working fine the cpu will be removed, de-lidded and reinserted back into the setup with the watercooling parts. The stock case fans will be removed and replaced but for now it adequate.