I wanted this build to not only perform well, but to look good as well. I originally built this system back in January of 2015, and water-cooled it at the end of December. The original budget was around $1600, with a $400 budget for the water-cooling. I use the machine mostly for gaming and occasionally use it to edit video as well. I have my 4790K overclocked to 4.8 Ghz, which reaches around the high 60's to low 70's under load. My 970 is overclocked to 1475 Mhz and idles at high teens to low 20's and under load stays in the mid to high 30's. I could probably get into a custom bios for the card to reach higher oc's on it, but I don't really want to take the risk working on that at the moment. Considering I built this machine a year ago, there are some things that I would change if I would building it now. I would probably go for the 5820K instead of a 4790K or 6700K for the extra cores for video editing. I would probably change the storage to a 1TB sdd, considering the price drops of ssd's and the fact that I don't use a whole lot of space. I would probably try to squeeze a gtx 980 or r9 fury into the system for better gaming performance. Also, I might consider going ATX rather than mATX, even though the Node 804 is a great mATX case and is a dream to build in.