Just finished my build, I wanted something for video editing/gaming/OS X, I did a lot of research on installing OS X, and the Gigabyte boards are by far the easiest, all the other Z87 boards are a total pain to try and install it on. I also ordered a different WIFI card off of ebay for $6.48 which is compilable out of the box with OS X.
CPU: i7 4770k
CPU Cooler: AXP-100 Muscle
WIFI: AzureWave/Atheros AW-NE773 AR5BHB92 WiFi Mini-PCI-E Card 802.11 B/G/N
GPU: GTX 770 4GB Gigabyte Windforce
RAM: 2 x PNY XLR8 8GB DDR3 1600 CAS 9
HDD: 2 x Seagate 240GB SSD's (RAID 0), 1 x 3TB Toshiba HDD
PSU: 450w Gold Modular with Silverstone Tek Flat Flexible Short Cable Set (PP05-E)
I bought the AXP-100 Muscle from the comments happening on this forum I was originally going to the get the Cooler Master Seidon 120V but people said it was noisy. Then after I'd ordered the AXP-100 Muscle someone on here complained about its noise which made me apprehensive; however after putting it into my case along with the 2 standard fans that came with the case I can honestly say that it is damn near silent. It's as quiet as my laptop is once I put it together. The only noise came from my GTX 770 which was second hand off of Amazon and is most definitely faulty so I'm returning that. I'm very happy with this build.
I did a few things in the wrong order so I had to take it apart a couple of times, but it was a pretty quick build, took about 4 hours total. Firstly I forgot to fix the screws underneath the mobo for the cpu before putting it into the case.
I got the screws for the cpu heatsink on now and I'd wrapped the mobo header connections around the back of the PSU.
I got the fan on with no fuss using a long phillips screwdriver.
However I forgot to put my ram in first, and it's a very
tight fit, so I had to take the cpu heatsink off to install my RAM first. I think the heatsink is pressing down a little on my RAM now, but not enough to make me concerned. You can't quite see it touching as I couldn't get the camera low enough, but if the RAM had bigger heatsinks then I doubt it would have fit.
With the RAM in place it's starting to take form.
My cat overwatching the operation wondering what I'm doing.
I had a little trouble with the bracket for the GFX card and the instructions in the book were no help. There's two plastic pieces you use about half way along the card to fix it to the chasis to support it. You have to plug one of the plastic bits into the underside of the top of the HDD/GPU cage and then screw it in...
Then the other piece of plastic lays over it and adjusts to the height of your GFX card and then you screw that one in too and it holds it very firmly.
I forgot to connect up the modular power connectors for the PSU before putting in my GFX card, so I had to take that out again and then connect up everything. The GFX card took 2 x 8 Pin connectors using up 2 modular slots on my PSU as I had to use the molex to 8 pin converter that came with the GFX card as the slim modular kit for the PSU only supports up to 1 x 8 pin & 1 x 6 pin at the same time - this means that I can only power up the two of my SSD's and not my HDD as well until I either figure out how to split the power more, if that's even safe to do? As the PSU is only 450 watts and the GTX 770 box says you need at least a 600w psu.
Feel free to ask questions, I'm going out for a few hours but I'll be back later this afternoon.Edited by DocDigby - 4/12/14 at 11:15am