I made this build as an upgrade to a prior system, and had a few goals in mind. 1) Some serious overclocking headroom, as I've always wanted to try it. 2) A really powerful cpu, so my CAD renders go faster, and the poorly optimized indie games I play aren't laggy. 3) A kicking color scheme 4) As close to quite operation as I can get.
For starters, let's talk about the cpu/motherboard combo. I was previously sporting an fx6300 and a Gigabyte 990fx UD5. While the processor was kinda lame, that motherboard was packing a lot of features, and excellent build quality. I've grown used to premium features, and was not going to be making any sacrifices. The Asus Z97-A packs an amazing punch, and offers lots of useful things you can do with their motherboards. The fan optimization is stellar, and my system is almost completely silent, even while under heavy load. The motherboard offers 6 on board fan controllers, and allows you individually tune all of their speeds, even going below the typical minimum fan speeds they would usually operate at. It would also be a good to note that z97 chipsets will be supporting the next, yet to be released Intel cpus, and I will probably take the opportunity to upgrade to a broad-well i7 when one becomes available. Paired with that motherboard is the i54690k. This chip is very similar in architecture the i5 4670k devils canyon architecture, but it sports some very important performance tweaks. The voltage regulator is on the chip, taking away some overclocking limits that can arise from inferior quality motherboards (not that I got one, but keep it in mind). Also, the thermal interface materials between the actual die and the metal cap head is of much better quality, and of a more conductive material. While the older 4670k had heating issues that capped many overclocks, this chip stays incredibly cool, especially when you consider that I cant go over 55celcius at a 5ghz OC. In the very least, heat makes it to the top of the cpu easily.
The water-cooler I chose has silent, high static pressure fans which do their job well. I don't notice them, and my cpu stays cool. I do recommend it.
The ram is eh, nothing special here. I got it with heat spreaders in case I decide to try my luck with a small memory OC. Dual channel is always nice, too. Maybe upgrade to 4x4ggis somewhere down the line.
Storage: The HDD was $50, and provided just about everything I need for non intensive applications and games. So woot woot. Solid state drives are becoming increasingly affordable, and I could not miss the opportunity to get one. My system boots to a login screen 2 seconds after posting, and it's a lovely thing to press the button and look a fully booted computer moments later. The SSD also saves me a good deal of time launching very large applications, such as Auto Desk Inventor Pro, which loads in mere seconds on my system. Also saving room for the GTAV pc port for better loading times when It finally does arrive.
The gpu is amazing. I got it a long time ago, back when $350 was really cheap for a 290, and it continues to serve me well. With more mantle support popping up in upcoming titles, I doubt I'll regret going AMD on this one. I might even attempt a crossfire rig with another identical card, since they're so cheap, and r9 290 crossfire scaling is just plain fantastic nowawdays.
The case is nice. I really like it, and the airflow is pretty good. It looks nice, it's fully modular, and will house anything I throw at it for a long time. For the price, I definitely recommend it. Be weary, it is mostly steel, and weight 24lbs. Not a system you want to move a lot.
Now to talk about the lighting. It's really freaking rad. The NZXT Hue is a RGB LED light controller system that allows you to reach any color within the visible light spectrum with ease. You get 3 nobs that both turn and server as buttons, allowing you to easily switch between modes, light intensity, color variation, etc. I have it set to slowly fade between the full spectrum, covering the rainbow in about a 10 second cycle. (yes, I know the quality of this description has faded as it went down. It's late and I'm sleepy)
Lemme know what you think!