For being my second completed build and the first for myself, I decided to step up the game. I wanted something that I can use for many years to come, have plenty of upgrade potential, and operate minor gaming flawlessly (even on 4k).
CPU - Yes, I know it is only 3.3 ghz but it runs perfectly. I can OC to 4 with no problems or heating issues. I wanted to go with the newer socket, RAM, and card so this is where it all started for me. 6 cores is a great gig for the multitasking projects I do for work and at home. For about the same price as the 4790k I would rather go with the newer CPU
CPU Cooler - Originally decided on H60 but found a good deal on the Cooler Master and read quite a few good reviews on it.
Motherboard - I used an ASRock board before and was pleased. Honestly didn't focus too heavily on this piece. It came in at a good price and I was pleased with it.
RAM - Pretty much the cheapest DDR4 I could find. 8GB for now but I will throw 2 more in the near future to take advantage of the Quad Channel support of the X99 board.
Storage - Samsung SSD all the way. I have helped a lot of people buy these and set them up. Samsung Magician is a great product that I enjoy using. I also had another 500GB laptop HHD that I threw in the manages all my music and documents.
GPU - This was the last part I bought. I really struggled on the AMD vs NVIDIA battle here. Deciding factor on the NVIDIA was the if I 2-way SLI in the future, I won't have any lane restrictions like I would with AMD. (NVIDIA - 16x, 16x, 8x)(AMD - 16x, 8x, 4x) As for which NVIDIA, I looked heavily at the 970's since they were about the price I was looking at but after the reviews and slaying they got, I was in a bind. Microcenter said either the 980 (an extra $200 I did NOT want to spend) or the 780. I did so research and was surprised at the 780 benchmarks. So I went with the 780 and for about $50, I get a 2 year warranty where I can return it and get exactly $320 for it. Win-Win in my book.
Case - I love this case. Great look and cooling capabilities. And for the price, best case I could find with a clear side panel. Only downside it size... I had to do the ultimate sin and top mount the fans because the case was just way too small. I should have gone full but I will blame it as an amatuer mistake.
PSU - Wait, 1300 watts, fully modular, 80 PLUS GOLD, and only $130?? Yeah it was a good deal and very easy decision.
All in all, I am very pleased with this build. I took it to a friends who had a 50" 4K and it brought a tear to my eye... so glorious. It will be my next purchase....