Everything listed for $0 were gifts so I thought I'd only include what I spent myself on it. total comes in around $1,100.
had a lot of fun and a lot of frustration but got it all together and working. The video card is amazing, I thought anything over would be slightly overkill for single monitor 1080p gaming.
the 7950 handles anything I've played on ultra with at least 60 FPS, usually 70-80. (Assassin's Creed 3, Crysis 2, Batman Arkham City and Asylum, Skyrim, et cetera) and I haven't overclocked it yet.
The build is fairly silent, the loudest part is the H100i fans which are barely audible at idle. I'm thinking about switching them for some quieter fans. The GPU can get pretty loud at higher fan speeds (50%+) but I've set a profile so it never reaches that percentage. It still stays around 60-70 at full load after a few hours of gaming with 40% fan speed which is awesome. The stock case fans and the AF120 Quiet's cant be heard at all unless you put your head right up next to the 200mm fan on the side or the two 120mm on the front.