Here I have my first true gaming and workstation PC. This computer is something that I have been researching for almost my entire first year in college, and I finally felt that I was able to pull the trigger on the parts now that it is summer.
CPU: I chose this processor mainly because of its amazing reviews as well as wanting to overclock in the future after I save up for a water cooling rig. This processor will do everything I want and more because I won't be optimizing the hyper-threading of an i7 or any multi-core max rendering. The 4690k will be everything I want for my future needs.
MOBO: This motherboard was an absolute joy to build with (and the BIOS is amazing as well). This motherboard has everything that you could want in a Z series ITX motherboard. The fact that my RAM was just as long as this board was crazy to think that I would be getting the same performance as I would be with an ATX board. This board had plenty of ports for my liking, and also came with integrated WiFi, which comes with an antenna (magnetized so it stays on the back of your case during transport, HUGE +!!)
RAM: Nothing much to say about this RAM that everyone else hasn't already said. 8gb is plenty for what I will be doing and it looks DAMN good. Speed: 1866 I went with this speed just because I could, no need to short myself on anything here. The heat spreaders are stupidly rugged, and give you the reassurance that this RAM will last as long as the rest of the components in this build. Plus, its white and goes with the color scheme, what else is there to want!?
STORAGE: First off I was going to get the 120gb Samsung EVO, but then I compared prices to a 250gb and saw that there was a mere $20 difference between the two. Well you can see my decision by what I ended up going with. This drive will house my OS, boot programs, and the games that I play most frequently. Now for my mechanical drive I chose the 1tb Western Digital Black 7200rpm HDD because of its amazing reviews but mostly because of its amazing warranty! This drive will hopefully outlive that warranty, but it is just a nice thing to have as backup. This drive will have all of my music, movies, misc pictures and photo editing stuff, as well as just a junk drive for really anything that I want to throw at it.
PSU: Okay, I was originally going to go for the XFX 550w ATX power supply, but as soon as I put in my order it was out of stock. So being the impatient person that I am I went searching for a different PSU; and I'm so glad that I did!! The build quality of this power supply is insane, and the cables being all black and not too rugged (they need some breaking in but other than that they are very pliable). This PSU also has a fan-less mode to decrease the noise of the already quiet power supply. The box came with all the cables that I will ever use; as well as, more cables like a 4-pin to molex connector to power any more case fans that I want to add in the future. Overall very happy with my decision with this power supply.
GPU: The r9 290 does not disappoint!! This card is an absolute beast!! The build quality of this card alone should make you want to buy it (and it even GLOWS). On an all serious note I really am blown away with this card. It will outperform my expectations any day of the week. ONLY RAGRETS --- I wish I would have saved for a 290x just for the future proofing, but I am already miles ahead of where I was, so I don't regret the decision at all. Absolutely love this card.
CASE: Okay, this choice was ultimately the thing that I based everything on my parts list off of. The BitFenix Prodigy is just a stellar looking case, built like a tank (expect the "handles" ), and provides enough room for a standard PSU, GPU, tower air coolers, and drive cages. From the very first day that I saw this case I knew that I would have it in my room in my next build. Building inside this case was fairly easy because of how you can take off every panel of this thing. In the PSU bracket there is plenty of room to shove un-needed cables, as well as along the sides and under the drive cages. This case keeps everything pretty much silent, and I have zero complaints about it so far. This is easily my favorite piece out of my entire build (barely in front of my SSD because of my 5 second boot times).
HEADPHONES: I got the Beyerodynamic dt-770's off a hardware swap on Reddit for a steal of a price. At 80ohms my MOBO drivers easily drive these cans. These are my first "real" headphones, but they are out preforming themselves day-in and day-out. I can wear these things forever and not even notice that they are on my head because of how incredibly light they are. Overall 11/10 on these headphones for sure, would recommend to anyone looking to get a beginner set of mid-fi headphones.
KEYBOARD: The Max Blackbird was everything that I wanted in a mechanical keyboard. The colors and the back lighting are perfect for me, and the stock key caps are really well built, and don't "grease" up like some keyboards do. This keyboard isn't anything "too" fancy, but the build quality is absolutely out of this world. I can't get over how sturdy this thing is. It literally takes force to push it across the table when you are using it.
MOUSE: I've had the SteelSeries Sensi RAW before I had anything computer related, it is really hard to overpay for something that you will be using every day. This mouse feels amazing with its rubberized texture and the buttons (including the 4 side buttons) feel really good to click while gaming. The software for this mouse is really user-friendly and lets you do really anything that you want with it. The only complaint that I have with the software is that you can't macro the FN key to a side button, I really wish that I could use this button on my mouse instead of using it on my keyboard, but for that being my only complaint, this mouse is perfect.