This is my build and my hopefully short story of why I chose what I did. Ahhh.... It's nice to have a new fast PC again. My primary use for this will be gaming, streaming, video encoding, and a little bit of VMware desktop for labs and testing (the extra cores will be nice for this). It's been 5 years since I built my last computer and it's still pretty good today, but not great. I was coming from a first gen i5 on a Asus P55 board. I must say that I reviewed many builds on here and changed my build several times before I purchased what I did. It was between the 4790k x97 or the 5820k x99 system. I went with the 5820k x99 system since it was only couple hundred dollars difference in the end and it should take me into the next few years without any upgrades needed.
CPU - 5820k. Very nice CPU and overclocks well. I am stable at 4.2ghz with a 1.2 vcore. 23% overclock. I could have went higher, but I leave my system on 24/7. The temps were at a good range at this speed too. I was using prime95 for stability testing. Use version 27.9 if you are using the x99 CPUs. I began to use the 28.5 version which made the CPU very hot during testing. It was a 10 degree difference between the versions. There is a few threads about this on overclockers.com.
CPU Cooler - Corsair H105 - Keeps the CPU nice and cool. No issues with this cooler. I did replace the factory fans with some Corsair SP120s. I'm running a push setup right now. Maybe push/pull in the future. Super quiet even on a moderate load. I did end up scratching the top part of the LED which really bummed me out. I tried fixing it with a little flat black paint since the LED was coming through the scratch. Wasn't my best work...
MB - Asus x99-Pro - The motherboard was a hard one for me. I switched several times between MSI, ASUS, and even ASRock. In the end my last MB was really good to me so I stayed with Asus and went with the middle of the road pro version of the x99 boards. I love this board too. It has most of the features of the deluxe, but not the lower feature list of the x99-A. The pro has better heatsinks than the x99-A too. No problems with the board. I updated the bios as soon as I had an OS on it. The BIOS is super nice and the software that comes along with it was a pleasure to work with. Overclocking is fun with this board too. Even has one touch overclock. I bombed out at 4.6ghz. I could run at 4.4ghz, but I'm happy with 4.2.
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-2400 16GB - Not much to say here. It just works at 2400. I received $30 off at newegg, which helped the price come down a little. DDR4 is at a premium right now. Was easy to set the XMP profile and the speed to auto, which clocked it right at 2400. No issue with the 16GB in a quad channel setup.
Disk - I went with two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB drives. I was going back and forth with this, but in the end I went with the 10 year warranty, even through it has a 150TB transfer limit in the limited warranty. They are fast.... I am using one for OS and one for games. All my other data is on my Synology DS412+ NAS. Anyone in the market for a NAS. I highly recommend Synology. I have two of their NAS. My old PC I had two 60GB SSDs in a Raid 0 setup. It was fast, but still wasn't as fast as just one of these Samsung 850s. My old MB could only do SATA II and not III, so I was limited in bandwidth on that board. I will note that I did buy these at the premium cost, but they came with Assassins Creed Unity. I turned around and sold these on ebay so drop $30 off the price of these making them in the end $169
Power - EVGA 850W G2 - There was no really reason why I went with this one. It had good reviews, good power rating and it's rated Gold with a 10 year warranty. I ended up getting new red modular cables to match some of the red inside of the case. I want to do SLI in the near future with a 3 monitor setup for gaming so having the power shouldn't be an issue in future upgrades. I did get another $20 mail in rebate for this which was not included in the final price of $119.99
GPU -- UPDATE AT BOTTOM -- So I bought a Asus R9 280x last year for BF4. There was so many issues with BF4, I couldn't tell if my artifacts were the game or the GPU. Come to find out the card I had came from the factory under powered, so increasing the voltage to the GPU helped with the artifacts. I didn't want to mess with this going forward so I upgraded again to the Asus Stix GTX 970. Wow... This thing is money... Runs BF4 on Ultra with no sweat. I haven't tried anything else yet, because BF4 is my main game that I play right now. The idea is to get another one in SLI and two other monitors for a tri monitor setup for gaming and eventually 4k setup in the future. I don't see a need yet for 4k for me. Maybe in a couple of years.
Case - My old case was around 10 years old so it was time for an upgrade. I was looking at a few cases. Originally I was looking at the NZXT H440 case for the new build (to small), then I looked at the Corsair 760T which was sold out at newegg. So I started looking at the 780T and almost went with this one, then MicroCenter had the white 760T on sale just last week. I went over (I work 2 miles from the one here locally) and I just fell in love with the 760T. The big window is jaw dropping. It's totally roomy for all your components. Lots of places for fans. I didn't like the plastic on the top which covers up the vents. I may look at creating some kind of riser for it, but for now it just stays off. Cable management was really nice too. I did remove all the fans and upgraded them to the Corsair AF140s which are really quiet. I can't even hear them run sometimes. Bought some LED's for the internal case. I removed the LED fans for now. I have a $20 mail in rebate for this case too, which was not included in the price below. This bring the case down to 149.99.
The monitor I bought last year. Asus 24" VG248QE - Really nice... Not much to say here except it's not 4k. Nice 1ms response.
Keyboard and Mouse - Corsair K70 and M65. I bought the brown keys and I love the mechanical keyboard. It just works. The keys feel nice with a little bit of feedback. They do make the clickity clack. The mouse has been really good to for gaming. I like the speed adjustment on the fly. Good for sniping.
OS - Windows 8.1 Pro.
That is it..... I guess this isn't a short story after all. If you have comments or questions. Go ahead and hit me up.
11/20/14 - GPU UPDATE My video card stopped working, sigh. It was working fine and all of a sudden I went into BF4 for about 2 min. Then my computer just rebooted and the monitor would not come back on. Error code on the MB said "no console device detected". Switch out to an older video card and everything was fine. Put the card in another computer and same thing, monitor wasn't coming on. Amazon took the card back and gave me a refund. Bought an MSI Gaming GTX 970 from newegg. Should be here tomorrow. Hopefully this one won't have any issues.