Just to give you a little background: I work at home (i'm a photographer), but alternate between two locations a couple times a week. In location A I have an almost obnoxiously large PC - way more computing power than I would ever, ever need - that I built about six months ago. But, in location B, I've been using a secondhand clevo that looks like one of those photographs meant to demonstrate how NOT to build/maintain a PC. I finally have the right combo of time and money, and I'm going to see if I can win the lottery twice (well, technically, three times... last year I put together a very basic, air-cooled system for my brother). While I did spend 18 months working part time at a computer repair store, I don't consider myself an expert and I know that without both the internet and youtube I would probably leave building to the big boys... Oh, and the computer will be used mostly for photo editing + a couple hours a day (don't judge) playing elder scrolls online.
here are the parts I'm using:
cpu - 17-4770k @ 3.5GHz
mobo - ASUS maximus VI formula
ram - 32 GB G.Skill trident x
case - as far as i can tell, bit fenix makes two full tower cases in white... this is the not-ugly one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345025&cm_re=bit_fenix_tower_case-_-11-345-025-_-Product)
gpu - GTX 780 ti
cooling - EK 240 kit, plus EK waterblock for the 780 and some extra bits and pieces
optical - (recycle) dvd-rw drive
storage - (recycle) samsung 840 256 GB SSD (for OS)
either brand new hybrid drive that i was given some time ago, and never actually used and/or (recycle) either a 2 TB caviar black or 2 TB caviar blue
psu - corsair 1000 watts
fans - i have a fairly large box full of enough fans to comfortably outfit five PCs.
fan controller/temp monitor - (recycle) i'm planning on "borrowing" the bit fenix recon unit currently installed in the craptastic clevo
sound card - not going to bother
here's where i have to make a tough decision: i have brand new copies, discs and activation codes, of both win 7 pro and win 8 pro. Both of my PCs and one of my laptops are still rocking win 7... My only experience with win 8 is my cheesy best buy refurb special laptop - - and i hate it. the stupid apps. the whole thing. i would never in a million years buy a touchscreen monitor... i get upset if my cellphone gets all smeared. but as much as i hate it, it's not going anywhere. (and it's still a million times better than anything created by mac)...
1. I have done this before, but it never hurts to make sure everything goes right the first time. Anybody have any advice/tips? Even really basic stuff - - I won't be insulted.
2. 7 or 8? and, if you don't mind, why did you pick the one you picked?
3. Am I forgetting something totally crucial that will bring this whole project to a screeching halt?
thanks for the help!!