This has been a labor of love and patience over the last couple of months. I started with the idea of a red/black build, then white/black build, then saw the lovely Asus z97 boards were gold and thought why not make a "gold standard" computer as I hadn't seen them here before.
My fiancee thought of the name Gatsby and I quickly agreed.
“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
I present my "masterpiece" build. My life is quickly erasing the possibilities of having excess expenditures on things like computers. I am a photojournalist and reporter. I need to edit videos, run photoshop, write, and enjoy my time off with games. This is it for me.
This build was also my first foray into water cooling. I did not want to build a "final" computer for myself without testing my skills so acrylic hardline it was. Performance PCs really helped, especially a guy named Jeremy. All watercooling parts were purchased from that vender during their summer sale (I believe 8 percent or so off my total, about $80 saved).
I used a wooden board with two cabinet knobs to bend the pipes around. My fiancee actually did the 120AX radiator exit to GPU and GPU to reservoir bends -- they were by far the most complicated.
As for the results, I could not be happier. I've been researching other builds and pictures. I hope I deliver on all fronts -- pictures of the build, results, prices (saving money), and general description for you all.
As a journalist I welcome critiques. Please do so.
On the bad side of this build.
I will never use Mayhem's cooling liquid again. It appears to have "dried" around my cpu block and I'll be flushing it out probably tomorrow (after pictures). The liquid was supposed to be gold and was more silver, too.
I'll be honest and say I did not purchase glue for my Monsoon hardline fittings like I was apparently supposed to. Thankfully I tested for leaks without power to the motherboard when the flood occurred. Every component was covered in water. It took several days for me to allow myself to start again once the pieces were glued.
The temps get a bit too high under load from benchmarking programs, but under normal gaming situations they're fine. The ambient temperature in my house is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so that hurts my temps as well.
No, my normal monitor will not be the Dell seen here. I'm inbetween monitors as the larger 1080p is in the bedroom for Netlifx and Amazon purposes until I get another monitor or television to go there. For benchmarks I used the 1080p monitor.
Storage space is limited and considering I can fill up a 32gb compact flash card in less than a day, I'll be using external storage for storing images, and maybe look at getting a cheaper 512gb SSD for the editing process. I do not have room in the computer for a HDD like I planned (cannibalize a 1tb velociraptor).
Length of descriptions can hinder a pcpartpicker upvotes, so hopefully I didn't screw myself here. And on a Wednesday night? It'll probably be buried by the weekend!
EDIT: Since building this computer I have run into a couple of minor problems. The first one being storage and scratch disk size. To combat that I got two 120 gig SanDisk Extreme II SDSSDXP's and put them in Raid 0. They act as my scratch disk for video projects. These are grudgingly attached by zipties to the back corner of my computer (where the green light is).
I have also built a NAS, with two 3tb HGST Deskstar H3IKNAS30003272SN and they are running in an ASUSTOR 202TE in Raid 1. This has alleviated all my problems. I am looking to get an ASUS Thunderbolt card and use a Lacie 2Big external as a secondary, always attached storage/scratch disk. There is simply no more room inside.
On a sad side note, the cat pictured with my fiancee had to be put down. He had feline leukemia and began to not eat from his various illnesses. He was also starting to get jaundice (liver failure) and I did not want to see the ******* cat I loved turn into a bed-ridden, force-fed creature. He lived a good life. Thanks for reading everyone.
Edit #2: Top five all time white H440 builds! Really awesome to see.
Edit#3: Added pictures of "battlestation" and what the build currently looks like.