This is my first build. I do CAD work on a less-than-ideal laptop, and am entering VR development. It was about time I built a computer.
Overall Notes: I returned the Corsair PSU and replaced it with a SeaSonic one. The stock SATA 90 degree connectors had the "L" shape facing down, which led to poor wiring. I had to purchase straight and "reverse L" extensions (the red-yellow wiring) for the connectors to fit properly. This was an extra expense.
Case: I wanted a semi-portable case. When I first saw the CM Elite 130, I thought it looked like an oversized toaster, so the name Burnt Toast stuck. Other considerations: Shoebox, Cucumber
Processor: It was either this or a lower-end Xeon. I don't plan on overclocking, but it's nice to have the option.
Motherboard: A friend recommended Asrock, and it fit the bill with a WLAN card and plenty of ports. I couldn't find the Z97 motherboard, so the next best option was the H97 version.
Video Card: Because I do CAD work, It was a decision between a GTX 970 and a Fire Pro W5100. 1: I didn't feel I needed the extra stability or precision floating points, and 2: the 970 is recommended for Oculus development. The EVGA was on sale, and it was a somewhat shorter card than the ASUS blower I considered.
Storage: Nothing much to say here; I went with reputable manufacturers.
Cooling: I decided to drop the CD drive and use the extra money to pay for a Corsair H60. Initially I was going to purchase a Zalman for reference. It was a PIA to install, and even now I'm not entirely sure if I seated it properly, but it seems to work. So far I'm idling at 16-21 celsius, according to Cool Temp. I have the main 120mm fan bring air in through the radiator, along with the power supply as it is mounted upside down. For exhaust, I flipped the 80mm side fan that came with the case and wired it with a fan splitter.
Memory: Nothing to say here. It works. Hooray!
Power Supply: UPDATE: I decided to return the Corsair CX 600W and replace it with a SeaSonic. Nothing much to say here; I went with reputable manufacturers.
Monitor: UPDATE: Added the AOC Q2778VQE monitor and a dual VESA mount. This monitor is worth the $260. Comparable to an IPS (blacks are especially nice). The only con is that the giant glossy bezel scratches easily. Otherwise, no dead pixels and very little light bleed several months later. Now, for the other AOC: dark colors are fine, but white and pastels are terrible. It's held up fine for a second monitor.