UPDATE - as of August 2015 I have removed the 970 and installed an MSI GTX 980Ti Gaming 6g into the Noctua build...its insanity
Obligatory Zelda reference for the title...
I've built quite a few systems in my time, but this one has definitely been the most interesting.
I started out wanting a small form factor gaming PC to replace my semi-aging ARC MIDI tower build. I feel that its finally perfected. This build in particular was originally completely without any Noctua items, but when I finished the original I felt I could do better.
CPU - Wanted the 4790K, it was the only choice for this particular build. Originally I had it mounted to a Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet, which is an entirely functional and downright exceptional cooler. Its also half the price of the Noctua NH-L12 I mounted afterwards. During the brainstorming phase I decided to mount an H100i but due to awful mounting which caused a system killing short, I decided to go back to my trusted air cooling. The NH-L12 provides exceptional cooling for its size, idling at 25c and during Prime 95 testing, only went to 75c. Very happy with those numbers in regards to the size of this machine.
GPU - MSI's 970 Gaming 4g is an amazing card, for an equally amazing price. I will probably upgrade to a 980ti in the near future, but until then the 970 handles everything extremely well.
Mem - Kingston's HyperX Fury series are incredibly reliable, but its hard to go wrong with memory these days. I originally had 8GB of the blue version, same clock speed. Upgraded to the white 16GB version recently, also same clock speed.
Hard Drive - I'll never go back to physical disk drives...at least not in this form factor. Transcends 512 has been very reliable for this build. Now that the Samsung 500 is a bit cheaper I would go with that if I had to buy another.
Case - Corsair's 250d is fantastic. I originally had the 380t to use for this build, but decided with a "Simplicity is beauty" mentality in the end, it provides great management and space to work with. No complaints whatsoever.
PSU - I always go overkill with my PSU's, its such a core component for the entire system that I never skimp on this one. Seasonic, what can be said that hasn't been said already, they make incredible PSU's.
Case Fans - ALL NOCTUA, in the classic Khaki and Brown. These are the soul of the build.... I always hear people complaining about the color, but its uniqueness makes me love it...These fans are amazing. I especially like the 2 80mm fans that exhaust at the rear. All in all these fans cool the case exceedingly well.
Motherboard - The ASUS z97i Plus is the best LGA 1150 mini-itx board out there right now in my opinion. Incredible IO placement, three four-pin fan connectors, great BIOS....amazing.
I hope you like my build, I really feel its a great machine. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!