This is my first PC build. I got it for gaming on a 1080p 60Hz monitor and to get into some video/photo editing. I wanted a blue/black/white theme and I think it turned out fairly nice. So far all of my parts have functioned the way they should, and it performs very well. I did not have a specific budget so it was difficult to find which parts were best for me but I am happy with the results. I could have bought less expensive parts like the MOBO, SSD, and PSU to afford a better GPU like a 980 but I really don't need anything more than the 970 and I wanted to have nice parts all around as I will be using this PC for a long time. I have plans to upgrade the processor and add a corsair H100i in the future.
CPU- Intel Core i5-4460 - I chose this over the 4690k because in my opinion it's a little much for a 4 core cpu, and I'm planning on upgrading to a 4790k as I get more into video editing. But for now I just got an inexpensive i5 on the LGA1150 chip set and it works fine. My temperatures are around 37C at idle and up to about 80 at full load with the stock heat sink.
MOBO- ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 - I know that this is a z97 board and I don't have a k series processor but I am going to upgrade to the 4790k eventually and I would like to be able to overclock it without having to buy a new board. I am not intrested in skylake, I don't want to pay for a more expensive processor, mobo, and RAM for small performance improvements. But I chose this one because I would like to have the option for SLI and I like to have tons of USB 3s and sata 3 connectors. Also I really like the blue colors.
Memory- Kingston HyperX Fury -Not much to say about RAM, it's blue and I wanted more that 8GB, so I got 12.
Storage- OCZ ARC 100 240GB - I wasn't originally going to include an SSD, but I figured I would get my use out of it which I definitely have. To be honest I got this one mostly because of its color but it's fast and large enough for my OS and a few of my most played games. WD Caviar Blue 1TB - Great reviews, good price, works for me. Hitachi 160GB - I took this out of an old broken laptop so I figured I could just use it as a scratch disk.
Graphics card- EVGA GeForce GTX 970 - I put a lot of thought into the gpu and I decided with this one because I wanted to play all my games at 60fps and still have max or close to max settings. I chose this over the r9 390 because I definitely don't need 8GB of vram as I game at 1080p and its ability to overclock. I also find nVidia's ShadowPlay and Gamestream to be useful to me. I changed the fan curve so that the fans do not spin until it hits 50C and I have never seen the card hit 70.
Case- NZXT s340 - This case looks really nice, the window is large, and with the basement and cable management bar, managing cables was great.
Power Supply- Rosewill Hive 650W - I'm really glad I got this because it is semi modular and the cables are all black. It also has 650W so I can add another 970 if I wanted.
Network Adapter- Gigabyte PCI-E - I don't have access to Ethernet in my room so I needed a network card. My dad pays for pretty a slow internet connection(6mbps) so I don't need a very high end wireless card.
Cinebench R15.0 - 157.44 fps, 919 cb
EDIT: I gave my 4460 to a friend and I bought a 4790k and a Cryorig cooler. I decided to set it to a 4.7GHz clock speed. It could reach 4.8GHz stable, but I had to increase the voltage too much and it got too hot. At 4.7GHz It is stable at 1.260 volts.
Great looking inexpensive RAM that works.
Great looking inexpensive RAM that works.
Fast, good looking, and a large enough capacity for OS and a good amount of games.
Great performance, great temps, and great overclocking. This graphics card runs all of my games at 60 fps at close to max settings on 1080p despite having 3.5gb of real vram. Right now, the r9 390 is a better value unless you need the things specific to this card like lower power consumption, ShadowPlay, or Gamestream.
Fantastic looking case with a big clear window. I love the basement and the cable management bar.
The black cables are probably my favorite part of the PSU. No ketchup and mustard to be seen. It's semi modular, most people don't need fully modular as the cables that are not detachable are necessary for a normal computer. It works great, no failure so far.