First build in over 8 years. I wanted a rig that could play new games at 1080p at ultra settings. After tons of research, especially here, I was able to find a build that suited my needs. The build process took about two hours and everything fired up flawlessly.
Still getting used to Windows 8.1 but so far it's not bad.
Graphics: MSI GTX 970. I was pretty set on this card from the beginning. Watched tons of FPS videos comparing different cards and the 970, for the price, was outstanding. It handles nearly every game you throw at it at 60fps. I have Dying Light and Far Cry 4 installed and both play at 1080p Ultra Settings at 60fps.
CPU: Core i5 4690k. This decision took a bit more time to decided. I'm not opposed to AMD at all and put a lot of consideration into their chips but ended up going with Intel after watching tons of YouTube videos. The i5 seemed to perform a bit better in all situations when paired with the 970 so I went with it. I also considered the i7 but I didn't end up going that route. I don't need the Hyper Threading and this is purely a gaming rig so an i5 is more than enough. Haven't overclocked yet because I haven't had the time to sit down and mess with things but obviously got the unlocked version for when I have time.
Motherboard: MSI Z-97-Gaming 5. To be honest, the motherboard took me the longest to decide on. So many options come into play when choosing one that it just took me a while. I wanted the SLI option just to have in case I choose to go that route at some point. You can tell the board is great quality as soon as you pick it up. I've had zero issues with it so far. BIOS is clean and easy to navigate which is always a plus.
RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB. Not much to say here. This is purely a gaming rig so no need for more than 8gb of memory at this point. Down the road when games require more than 8gb I'll have the option to just add more.
Hard Drives: Kingston 120GB SSD and WD Blue 1TB. The 1TB is pretty standard now days. Not much to say about that. As far as the SSD, this is the first time I've owned one and it is amazing. Operating system and a few games on there and things load SO fast. If you're considering not getting an SSD to maybe save a bit of money, reconsider. Skyrim load times are almost instantaneous. Loading windows from a shut down takes about 10 seconds.
Power Supply: Corsair 600W. I got s great deal on a refurbished one on New Egg so I went with it. Was a bit sketched out with a refurbished PSU but it was factory refurbished by Corsair themselves so I felt comfortable with the quality.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. This thing is a beast of a cooler. No need to go into detail because I'm sure you all know about it and have seen the reviews. It gets the job done perfectly. My CPU never gets to a temperature that I'd need to be concerned about.
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 Red ATX: For the price you can't go wrong. Corsair quality. Obviously tooless install on drives which is always nice. It's not a full size tower of course so remember that things could potentially get a bit cramped if you've got a lot of stuff goin on inside the case. Cable management options are decent. The only issue I have is that the side where you hide all the cables is very tight. I can close the side up and put the thumb screw back in but all the extra cables do make the side bulge out a bit. Nothing serious though. AND A HEADS UP!!! I know a lot of people wonder if this case is compatable with the 212 EVO. I'm here to tell you right now that the cooler fits in the case and I can close the side and the top of the cooler DOES NOT touch the window. I don't know if my motherboard made a difference in hight or what. I'm just saying it fit for me. I really wanted to stress that to people because I had a difficult time finding definitive answers on the subject.
DVD Drive: Asus. Just wanted one to have just in case. All my games come from Steam but there are still times when you need a disk drive so I decided to pick one up.