This build was an evolution of my first build, which I built only 3 months ago. Quick background story about that build. It was an AMD FX 8320E build that started life with an Nvidia GTX 660 and was later upgraded to a GTX 970 SSC from EVGA. However about two weeks ago, the MSI motherboard completely gave out on me. All the components seemed to be powering on (Fans, LED Lights, GPU, Etc.) but I could no longer get the motherboard to post no matter what troubleshooting I did to try and resolve the issue. So after a couple days of no luck, I decided that I would just go ahead and take the opportunity to fully upgrade my PC to a more powerful platform, the z97 platform with an Intel Core i5-4690k.
Starting off, the case is the same case from the last build. An NZXT S340 with blue accents. In my opinion this is one of the best looking cases on the market and gives you the most value for your money. The cable management is a breeze in this thing. The basement to hide the power supply makes hiding all those cables very easy, not to mention there is plenty of room behind the back panel to clean up all those long cables.
I chose the Gigabyte GA-Z97X motherboard for the simple reason that I had it laying around and I had been wanting to build a PC around it for a while. Thankfully I had the one spare component to the one that would end up failing in my first build. While this motherboard does have red accents on it, I don't mind them too much. I actually kind of dig the red led lights that isolate the audio components from the rest of the pcb, it gives the build a mean look. I may eventually pull off the red heat sinks and paint those a matching blue but that's a job for another day. The motherboard itself is great to work with. It overclocks easily and the bios is simple and easy to understand. It has plenty of fan headers as well which was a nice upgrade from the previous motherboard.
The CPU was an easy choice. I wanted something powerful enough to handle anything I could throw at it and I wanted to be able to overclock it. The i5-4690k was the best answer for that as I have been able to overclock my CPU to 4.5GHz with temps under full load just barely reaching 70 degrees Celsius. Edit I've also added a Corsair H100i to keep things cool.
The RAM, it's Kingston and it's blue. Not much more to say there.
For storage I reused the Crucial SSD from the previous build. It is lightening fast and it's been very reliable thus far.
As for the GPU, this particular EVGA GTX 970 SSC had only been in my previous build for about two weeks before the motherboard gave out so I'm just now getting unlock its full potential without any CPU bottlenecks. The GTX 970 performs great with any game I throw at it. I can max almost any game and it's always well above the 60 fps mark. Eventually I'd like to upgrade to a pascal card but as for right now I have zero problems with this cards performance. Edit I've since upgraded to a GTX 1060 from Gigabyte and placed the GTX 970 in another build.
I decided that since I was beginning to use more enthusiast grade components that it was time to do a power supply upgrade as well. I went with the Corsair RM650i because I have always heard great things about Corsair units and it just made sense to get something I could rely on for years to come.