This is my first build, primarily for work but occasionally I play a game or six. My goals were top-end performance, low temps, low noise, and stable, with a budget of $3K. I achieved this while coming in 27% under budget, so I'm pretty happy. (I bought all of the components in early January. I got some pretty good discounts at the time, but prices on some of the parts have dropped since then, so if you look at my price tag and compare it to current prices it doesn't look nearly as impressive.)
All of my productivity programs and apps run great. As far as games go, playing Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell Black List, and Assassin's Creed Black Flag with all settings on max, it's quick and smooth. I haven't experienced any stuttering, tearing, crashes, or anything else that detracts from game play. Average FPS on Batman is 104. My Unigine Heaven benchmark is pasted at the bottom of this post. Not sure how it compares to other systems, but I'm pretty happy with it. The only noise the rig generates is a faint fan whir when game action is intense.
Hardwear: The only real problem I had was when I initially mounted the SSD on the back side of the MB. I discovered that there wasn't enough clearance between the SSD and the mounting plate to fit the power connector, so I ended up having to pull the MB back out to get at the SSD mounting screws. Ended up sticking it in the drive rack between the HDDs. I put it in the middle to preserve airflow around the HDDs. Also, I was at a loss as to what to do with the PCIe cables powering the GPUs - I ended up doubling them back on themselves, then zip-tied them to the drive frame, side-on to the fans so as to minimize airflow interference.
Softwear: I made the mistake of having all three drives connected when I installed Windows. Instead of installing the OS to the SSD as intended, it installed to one of the HDDs. I disconnected both HDDs, reinstalled Windows, then reformatted the HDD with Windows on it. That did the trick. Currently, SSD is the OS drive, one HDD is the storage drive, and the other is the back-up drive.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
FPS: 77.2 Score: 1945 Min FPS: 30.0 Max FPS: 172.9 System Platform: Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit CPU model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4670K CPU @ 3.40GHz (801MHz) x4 GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 188.8.131.5267 (2048MB) x2
Render: Direct3D11 Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen Preset: Custom Quality: Ultra Tessellation: Extreme
Any constructive criticism to improve my system is more than welcome. Thanks!