This is a work in progress. Actually only my second build - my first was 7 years ago, which is now my wife's PC that I've tinkered with over the years and it still games fairly well (AMD Phenom 965 black w/ GTX 650Ti Boost).
Phase 1 will be the basic build. Future phases will consist of cosmetic changes such as lighting, changing to custom liquid cooling, etc.
For Phase 1 I simply wanted to get a solid baseline for a 4k gaming setup.
Reasoning behind major parts:
CPU: Mostly a gaming rig, so the CPU was a no brainer for me. This i7 has solid OC potential and handles any game you can throw it's way. Hyperthreading was also a major selling point for me.
MB: Huge fan of Asus. My first build was with an M3N78-VN that lasted 7 years and 2 CPUs without 1 issue. For this board in particular, it was a matter of cost vs. benefit. At MicroCenter, they had a great deal on this board bundled with the i7 4790k...Good manufacturer, good price, count me in.
Memory: 16gb - could have gone with 8gb and been fine. Wanted 2x8 so the move to 32gb would be seamless. Went with 1866 for the slight benefits. Anything more really doesn't seem to translate into huge performance gains.
Storage= UG's incoming here. Baseline started with an 850 EVO for OS and a few games. 1TB WD Black for videos and games that I fire up occasionally. Plans for SSD Raid in the future.
Graphic Card= Here was my dilemma. I originally was looking at a Titan X or even 970s. I finally decided on SLI 980s. I avoided 970s since I would be 4k gaming. 980's seemed like a great starting point for this particular build. The thought was not having to throw tons of cash at major components for a while. If I got 1 Titan X, I would have been tempted to get another later this year.
Case= Loved the Corsair 750D the minute I saw a review of it. Love the amount of space, wire management, and when I picked it up in a store - you could feel the quality.
PSU= Wanted fully modular, no overkill (for now) on wattage, and a PSU with some decent reviews. I also wanted sleeved cabling, and this did not disappoint. Nicely made with solid sleeving.
Monitor= I was very hesitant on this part. I really wanted 4k but didn't think monitor's were up to snuff at that resolution yet for gaming. Man was I wrong. Love this monitor and love gaming on it. Another win in my book for Asus.
I am open to suggestions for future phases, such as lighting suggestions, cooling, and basic comments. I am kind of new at building but try to absorb information and learn all that I can.
4/6/15: OC to 4.6 @ 62c stable. Ordered a NZXT Hue. Updated pics later this week! 4/9/15: Updated parts list to include NZXT Hue.