This was my first build in probably a decade. I have two boys, 5 and 11 years old. The 11 year old has an increasing need to use my wife's laptop as well as my own for school, so I figured it's time to get a family computer instead. At least that's how I sold it to the Wife. And hey, if I'm taking the time to build a computer, I might as well give it some balls. All of the parts internally are black and red. This wasn't really intentional. I kept trying to find a sweet spot between price and performance and everything I ended up choosing fell into this scheme. Unfortunately I end up using the LED's on a blue setting inside, so you don't really see the black/red much while it's running. I built the computer for gaming, some video editing, and kid's homework ;). I'm not overclocking anything yet, but definitely plan to in the near future.
Case: I looked around quite a bit before deciding. And by quite a bit, I mean more than was probably healthy. I even ordered and returned a few cases before ending with this one. The Fractal R4, the NZXT H440, and eventually couldn't decide between this and the Corsair 760T. I told my wife, it's going to be visible in our office so it's important to spend a little more to make it look nice in the room ^. She ate that right up. Really happy with the Enthoo Luxe. Awesome cable management, airflow, quality of build, and design. It comes with the external light and light control, but i bought the additional 2 meters of RGB LED's they make to go with the case interior.
CPU: 4790k Seemed like a great processor for a great price at $249 from Microcenter. Happy I live near one.
CPU Cooler: I initially bought the h100i, but after some reading, decided to exchange it for the h105. Thicker radiator, changeable color rings, same price. I have the stock fans which seem fine for now, but i'll eventually swap out for some better ones.
Ram: Spent a little extra for the 2400 ram, but for tens of dollars, I figured it's worth it.
Storage: Got the Crucial SSD for OS and some applications. Great price at $72.99. Also picked up a WD HDD for storing files/media.
Video Card: Really wanted to get the 980, but for a $200 price gap, the 970 performs Extremely well. I plan to buy another and SLI.
Power Supply: I did a bunch of research and decided on this psu after seeing Jonny Guru heap praise on it. When it went on sale for $89.99 it was a no brainer. I don't need the 850W right now, but plan to add more GPU's and wanted to future proof a bit.
Optical Drive: My wife has about a decade of home videos from the kids sporting events, bdays, etc. I wanted a way she could get them on Blu-Rays to share with family etc. Hate how ugly it makes the front of the case, was so purdy before. Might sand down the face of it and try to get a paint that matches closer.
OS: Not a fan of windows 8.1, but windows 7 is near EOL. Might upgrade when windows 10 comes out if it's any good.
Case Fans: The Corsair AF140 is super quiet and seems to move a good amount of air. Interchangeable color rings is nice too.
Future Plans: I'd like to get another GTX 970 to run in SLI. When 4k res monitors drop in price I'll probably pick one of them up too. This upcoming week I plan to buy 4 Corsair AF120's to use as a push/pull setup on my H105.
So far really happy with my build. runs quiet, keeps everything cool. Hope you like!