I built this rig with the intention of playing games at 2560x1440 @144hz, and look amazing doing it. I also wanted it to be very quiet, and it is (except for those damn reference blowers).I’d like to think I accomplished both of those very well. My most played game ever is BF4, and I have no problem achieving 144fps while on Ultra. I also play a lot of Civ and Arma 3. Arma 3 runs around 60fps, but that’s only because I haven’t overclocked anything yet.
I carried over my PSU, 1 GTX 780 from an old build, the 840 Pro, and will be purchasing a new GPU so the old one can be passed along to my soon to be brother-in-law. I built my older rig last year, and immediately starting planning for my next one. This is the end result of a year of planning and saving, and I regret nothing.
i7-4790k: Pretty darn expensive. It's a great processor, but overkill for what I need. I'm sure it'll be great for CAD work, but I haven't had to do any of that yet. I'm sure it'll last me for quite a few build revisions if it ever comes to that.
Corsair H105: A great cooler overall, but it doesn't offer much more than a decent air-cooler. It looks great, it keeps the processor cool under load and idle, and it's very quiet. But you can get that out of most air-coolers for less. If you want to spend the extra money for the great looks, you won't be disappointed. But just know you can get something comparable for a cheaper price.
Corsair Air 540: A beautiful freaking case. This is the best case I've ever owned. The dual-chamber design looks amazing. The cooling is awesome, and is capable of being really quite, depending on the parts you use.
EVGA GTX 780 SC: I bought one of these about a year ago, and decided to purchase another one for this new build. It's true, I could've gotten two 970's instead and had similar performance, but it would've been ~$440 vs ~$650. To me, it wasn't worth it. They already run my games at Max settings, a lot even at 144hz. I did return my first one due to less-than-stellar performance, and a few graphical glitches. But I've had no issues with the replaced one since, or the new one. Really amazing cards overall.
Corsair RM-850: Great power supply. I purchased this one because the other 650w PSU was cutting it too close when using SLI. There is also no fan spinning under idle, so that’s even less noise.
Corsair Dom. Platinum: Just look at it. It's beautiful. It's also really fast. Not that it would be noticeable against any other RAM. It was a little frustrating dealing with Amazon and getting them delivered. It took longer than expected, but they came through in the end, just like they always do. (;
HDD (or should I SSD :P): The Samung 840 Pro was left over from a previous build. It works great as a boot-drive, and I've never had any problems with it at all. The SanDisk is my baby though. One of the faster drives on the market, its real-world performance is awesome. My games load up incredibly fast, which they should with how much it cost.
Asus Z97-AR: This my first Asus motherboard. Actually, it's my first Asus product. And for some damn reason, I can't get any of the optimization programs to work. I eventually gave up. Luckily, everything else functions as it should. It's good hardware, but the software leaves something to be desired (although that applies to other hardware companies as well).
Peripherals: The Corsair gaming line-up, now infamous for the tramp stamp. First off, I don't mind the tramp stamp. I never look at it, and I never notice it. The hardware is great. I actually own the K65 RGB & M65 RGB, but neither of those are options in PCPartPicker. As my first dabble into mechanical keyboards and gaming mice, I'm impressed. They feel great, and I do think my skills have increased since getting rid of my $8 keyboard and $6 mouse. The software for both of these items are very frustrating though. There is a pretty steep learning curve, which also means great flexibility. But the software also crashes when I open Steam. WTF? My solution was to save the profile I want to the individual devices, turn them off during start-up, and never open them unless I want to change the lighting. As you can probably already tell, it left me very frustrated and disappointed overall. I also purchased the new Corsair H2100 headphones. They worked great at first, but eventually would stop transmitting audio, and the mic would occasionally cut out. Completely ruins any Arma gaming session. I plan on continuing to use my old Turtlebeach x12's until I can afford a pair of Sennheiser HD 558's and a decent mic.
Asus ROG Swift: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. It completely blows me away. I used to game on a 47" LG TV limited to 60hz. The jump to 144hz is pure bliss, and G-Sync has been nothing but good to me so far. If you have the hardware to run it, I definitely recommend it. If you're having trouble finding any in stock, try using: http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/monitors/asus/ This site helped me purchase mine, and it also has the option for different graphics cards too. Really a great site overall.
FUTURE UPGRADES Well, not much..maybe another monitor. Something cheap, maybe touchscreen. I was thinking something along the lines of this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/dell-monitor-s2240t The Phantek fans move a lot of air considering how quiet they are, but it seems they keep getting louder and louder. If that continues, I’ll also be purchasing some Corsair AF Quiet edition fans.
TL:DR Wanted silent, sexy, capable rig to game at 1440P, and that’s how this came about. If anybody has any questions, I’d be more than willing to help to the best of my ability. Also, a shout-out to r/buildapc and PCPartPicker for all the love and knowledge you guys spread to those less versed. (: