I decided to build a new PC as my old one was showing its age. I wanted something that would last me at least a few years so I saved up some cash and built myself a new one.
I went with the i7-4790K and MSI GTX 980 as they are both very good components and will perform the best for what they are needed for - they also aren't overkill.
I decided to put these on a MSI Gaming 5 as I was planning a red/black themed build. The Gaming 5 is a very good board with an excellent BIOS.
Next was the RAM, I originally planned on getting the standard 1600Mhz DIMs but Amazon had a sale and 1866mhz was only around £10 more.
The CPU cooler was a difficult choice for me. First I was going to go with the Corsair H100i, then the Kraken x61. In the end I decided to go with the Corsair H105 as I had heard a lot of bad things about the other two. I did a lot of size checking to make sure it would fit in the case - and luckily it did.
Storage was a no brainer. One 256GB SSD for Windows and essential programs and one 2TB mechanical drive for everything else. I do have plans for another SSD soon though!
All the above came and worked out of the box. The only thing that didn't was the power supply. The first one was dead on arrival which sucked. Luckily I ordered it from Amazon, so when I discovered this on a Friday, I had a new one the next day, free of charge. It wasn't too much of an issue, but it's always scary when a new build doesn't boot up.
All these components were installed inside an NZXT H440 red/black edition. This case was easy to work with and looks awesome. Although it has limited space behind the motherboard, you can still easily manage all cables neatly. The case also does a great job when it comes to silence but also keeps the components cool. I would definitely recommend it.
I also decided to get a new monitor, keyboard, mouse and headset. I was originally thinking 4K but settled with 1440p as I feel 4K isn't really ready yet for consumers. I went with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma as I wanted a mechanical RGB keyboard. The mouse was chosen as it had good reviews and also suited the colour themed build.
I went with the original HyperX Cloud headset as I couldn't justify spending £20 more for one more feature on the Cloud II.
So, that was all, really. A new build that does everything I need. I did end up getting a 24-Pin red/black extension as the 24-pin adapter that came with the power supply wasn't fully sleeved and kind of ruined the colour theme.