I have always been wanting to do a custom build job and having multiple discussions with a friend about it, I took the leap. I wanted something that I could do a little of everything with from streaming to gaming. I don't consider this to be anything fancy yet, there is still room to grow!
CPU: I went with the Intel i7-4790k, after doing some research a ton of people were happy with this chip and there is a lot of versatility with it. I'm extremely happy with it and the performance is fantastic.
CPU Cooler: I went with the Corsair H100i, great cooler for a great price, loved the idea of a closed loop system and no problem with it. Did run into some cpu fan errors, but after updating the motherboard bios that went away. Overall performance is great, keeps my cpu cool as expected. I haven't overclocked yet so I can't give a review on that.
Update Completed a custom loop water cooling system using parts from EK-Waterblocks
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Formula, went over kill on this one, has features I don't use yet, but in due time! So far it has ran great, and has gotten great reviews.
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb, I chose this memory because of reviews and price was decent for the performance.
Video Card: Asus GTX 780, at the time of this posting the card isn't on this website anymore so that is why the slot is blank. Not happy with my choice, should have done more research. It is an ok card, definitely not worth the $450 I paid when I could have gone cheaper and better with an AMD card. With the new Maxwell series out and AMD's new 300 series coming, I will be looking to upgrade ASAP.
Update - HAve replaced 780 with Asus STRIX GTX 980 ti
PSU: Corsair 860i, has plenty of power to keep everything running with room to spare, so far a really good buy.
Case: Corsair Air 540, really really nice case! This case makes building a breeze, awesome cable management and when you are finished you can check out your work behind a giant side window, everything looks clean! Air flow couldn't better, all the heat emitting parts on the side with the fans, no cables in the way of the air flow.
Update - Previous Corsair Air 540 has been replaced with the Lian-Li PC-O8
Monitor: Dell S2716Dg Gaming Monitor
Keyboard and Mouse: Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent and Corsair Scimitar
Conclusion: I enjoyed every second of building this machine, it does everything I have asked with room to grow when the time comes.