I needed a new rig since my old one was aging and I wasn't able to play the games I wanted. At time of publishing, everything is currently at stock settings.
Main purpose: (in order of priority) 1. Gaming 2. Streaming 3. Content creation and editing
Parts: CPU - Intel i7 4790K. I know it's a little overkill for gaming, however I wanted to stream some games and I know I would benefit from hyper threading. Also I got a really good price for it. (Microcenter)
CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i. It's corsair's most popular AIO cooler for a reason right? Honestly, I'm a sucker for cool and sleek looking gear, so when I found out this cooler has a light that could change colors based on the temp of your CPU, it was my downfall. The good new is that it is a really awesome cooler and does an amazing job. It is winter when I am publishing this article so the temps may not be the best representation of performance; however with that disclaimer, my idle CPU temp is 27C (however no OC)
Motherboard: ASRock z97 Extreme6. For the price and features, I felt this board was a solid pick since a lot of review showed very little difference between boards. So with that, it just came down to price and brand preference. Now I've never used ASRock before, I have used only Asus boards in the past. However, I felt the premium on Asus boards weren't worth the name stamped on the board. I decided to go with the ASRock based on numerous reviews stating the exceptional stability of this board.
RAM G SKILL 16GB - 2400. Best ram out in the market in my opinion. Latency is lower than its Corsair rival and without the Corsair premium. No brainer for me.
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 256Gb. Fastest out there. What's not to love but the price.
HDD WD Green 2Tb. Cheap affordable storage.
Video Card Nvidia GTX 970 (MSI 4GB Gaming Twin Frozr V). I have no bias for either NVDIA or AMD, I strictly look at performance/price. The newly released Maxwell architecture is amazingly efficient and I was contemplating buying an r9 290, but after hearing all the good things about this card, it edged my decision towards nvdia even with the extra cost. Fans stay off until 60C. This particular card has an LED lit MSI dragon logo which is cool. You can't go wrong with any of the 970s.
Case Corsair Obsidian 750D. I wanted a full tower since my old case was an mid tower and I felt that mid tower didn't offer the room I wanted for all my parts. I know that mid tower cases are good and mid towers have come a long way since 6 years ago (the age of my old case). However, cases are pretty much aesthetics and I liked the clean look and construction of this monster. This case is big supports water loops and almost any size radiator. It also has plenty of room in the back for cable management. Last but not least, it has good airflow for cooling all your parts.
Power Supply Rosewill Capstone 750M - Semi modular. I liked the modular design without the full modular price. Unfortunately not a name brand but it got good reviews and is 80Plus Gold. But without the name brand comes a cheaper price. I picked this power supply because I plan to SLI later and if I do decide to buy an AMD Card later, I might need the extra leg room.
Fans 2X Noctua NF-F12 PWM. I bought these bad boys to replace the stock H100i fans, partly why my CPU stays a bit cooler probably (I'm assuming lol)
Peripherals This is the part I left out the price because I didn't want to inflate the price of the actual rig. Second, these items are OLD so they weren't purchased with this rig. But for those that wanted to know what I used, I made this section.
Monitors 2X Asus VH238H
Mouse Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse (Will be replaced)
Keyboard Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard (Ancient and will be replaced soon)
Edit: all the parts with the exception of the gpu were heavily discounted on Black Friday. These prices reflect the sale and any mail in rebates.