Yes, the GPU cable is distracting. Yes, I am changing it.
R2D2 Was built for video and picture editing and gaming. Reason for building was my 7 year old macbook died a slow death. This was my first time building a PC, it was a lot of fun and definitely a learning experience.
CPU: I chose the 5930k over the 5820k for more pcie lanes (40x) (I know this does not benefit me whatsoever with my current configuration. I do plan to upgrade this system and fill the PCIE slots, utilizing the benefits of additional PCIE lanes)
CPU Cooler: I chose the H220x because i plan to include the graphics card in the loop and I'm a noob. If I would have waited a little longer I would have gone with the H240x and all 140mm fans but they did not do any sort of advertising for it, and I had already purchased the cooler direct from swiftech.
Thermal Compound: Because you need it. (Someone had a problem with this comment saying "Thermal compound comes on most high end water coolers, you're stupid etc." I'm paraphrasing. To which I say the H220x does not, in fact, come with thermal compound pre-applied)
Motherboard: This choice was a vain one, I liked the streamline look of the Deluxe and wanted a white build. Not to mention the amount of expand-ability.
Memory: This too was a vain choice. I've been watching videos of computer builds for a couple years now and have always wanted the Dominator Platinums. And hey, DDR4 so yeah.
SSD/HDD: I chose the 850 Pro because of the 3d v-nand technology and the 450-500mbps transfer rates, and I chose the SSHD because I was curious about the technology and performance.
Graphics Card: I chose the 780 6GB DDR5 because of the amount of vram and it performs adequately. Not to mention I entered it into the EVGA STep-Up Program so within a month or two I will ship it in and get it swapped for a GTX 980 ACX 2.0 for the difference in the two cards + shipping costs. I also intend to purchase another 980 and do SLI but I figured this was a good start.
Case: I chose the Enthoo Luxe because LED's. And because I like the look of Phanteks cases and windows (unfortunately mine was scratched on the inside due to little to no effort to tie down the accessory box so it was flailing around inside the whole way here) Another thing that happened was the front panel that goes over the fan grill has standoffs that you screw into to hold it there. Two of the four standoffs came off in shipping and were attached to the screws that were supposed to hold it there. I removed the standoffs with a pair of pliers and epoxied them back to the front fan grill panel. It's now solid as a rock, but still unfortunate it happened. Also it matches my motherboard "luxe" and "deluxe"
Power Supply: I had originally bought a Corsair AX860i Power supply from Newegg, but upon arrival I cut through the cellophane and got into the box and I noticed there was a sticker that said "if sticker is damaged please check contents before acceptance." The sticker had been completely and obviously torn off and re-stuck. So I RMA'd it for a refund and drove to micro center the next day to pick up the EVGA 1000w P2. I chose this power supply because EVGA has great customer service and its more than overkill for upgrades.
OS: Meh. Also looking forward to Windows 10.
Case Fans: I will never again buy Corsair SP or AP fans (the ones with the rubber corners at least) Because I didn't even tighten the screws down all the way flush to the case before the rubber corner wrenched itself out of its holding and was physically impossible to replace the way it was. I had to drive to micro center (again) to get one fan. Which turns out the LED versions of the AF quiet editions have no rubber corners so I was happy. Also the rest are all Noctua fans because I wanted good PWM controllable fans for the H220x and matching fans for the front.
Keyboard: I am using an $8 walmart keyboard to type this, I will be purchasing a keyboard in the near future. I've been looking at razer keyboards but I want to try the Cooler master Novatouch keyboard. I haven't decided.
Mouse: I had the Razer Naga already and its by far my favorite mouse I've ever used. (edit: the tracking on this mouse gives out sometimes and refuses to track vertical motion all together, only accepting horizontal input. Strange. I'll be buying from a different vendor next time.)
Headphones: I chose the Astros because I was a console nerd before I realized PC was the master race, and it's cross compatible with all of my systems. I know they suck, you can stop telling me.
PLANNED UPGRADES: Moving to a new apartment (lol) EVGA white P2 custom single sleeved cables. Nvidia G-sync capable triple monitor surround battle station. GTX 980 ACX 2.0 (as stated previously). Perhaps another 980 in the distant future. Another 850 Pro in raid 0 for the boot. First adding the graphics card(s) into the H220x loop, then a full custom loop. Swapping all fans for 140mm fans (and 140mm radiators respectively) A decent keyboard. More hard drives! More ram! (when we see prices drop to something more reasonable)