Greetings fellow PC Building Enthusiasts!
I recently had the privilege of helping a shipmate replace his aging gaming PC, here are the results!
CPU - The 4690K is what we ended up landing on, it will be used strictly for gaming so the hyper-threading of an i7 wasn't necessary. With the H100i GTX we should be able to overclock it to at least the speed of a 4790K so it worked out!
CPU Cooler - He wanted a liquid cooler and the H100i GTX has been getting a lot of good reviews, it's been keeping things nice an cool at idle but I haven't had a chance to run load tests yet.
Motherboard - The focal point of the build! He wanted a motherboard that stood out and looked really good inside the white H440, so we went with the special edition of the Asus SABERTOOTH Z97. It's a bit excessive (retails for around $339) but was definitely worth it for my buddy! It's an excellent motherboard and has a boat-load of features, looks amazing to boot!
RAM - The Kingston HyperX Fury White's matched the motherboard and case really well, we also got 16GB for better part-pairing and a bit of future proofing. They work well and were immediately picked up at their 1866mhz by the motherboard!
Storage - He wanted to go full solid state so we filled up both of the top SSD slots on the H440 with two OCZ TRION 480GB drives. They're both in RAID 0 and perform great, they also match the rest of the build really well!
GPU - The GTX 980ti was a must have for this build, he currently has a 1440p gaming monitor and plans to upgrade to a 4K monitor soon. At $639 this card was a pretty good deal and has awesome white LED's on the side that really enhance the aesthetics!
Case - This was my first time working with the H440 but I must say that I was impressed! While it's a bit pricey at $118 it has loads of features and the build quality is premium. It was super easy to work with and I love the PSU shroud that NZXT does with some of their cases, highly recommend!
PSU - Fully modular 850W Corsair power supply, works great and is 80+ Gold certified!
Thanks for checking out the build, feel free to comment with any thoughts/suggestions!