I completed this build the beginning of July with photo editing as the main design criteria. Here are some of my thoughts about it:
i7-4790K: This was pre-ordered and the last part I needed. Once I got that I assembled the computer. I have it overclocked to 4.7Ghz and have had no issues to speak of in regards to that. I use it mostly for Photoshop, Lightroom and games. The image processing for photo editing is extremely fast.
Corsair H110 280mm CPU cooler: I installed this vertically in the front in push/pull fan configuration. Installation was simple and it has been working great. Idle temps are 30 degrees Celsius or less. Everything I have been using it for it has kept the temps below 60 degrees Celsius. I ran Prime95 for quite a few hours and the highest temp I got was 76 degrees Celsius. I was originally going to get the H100i but after reading about all the software issues I decided I didn't want the headache. I think I made the correct choice.
Asus Z97-DELUXE (NFC&WLC) motherboard: So far I really enjoy this MB. Tons of features, and the software that comes with it is great. It automatically overclocked the CPU to 4.7 Ghz and I have had no issues since. Updating the BIOS was easy, also. I still have not experimented with all the features, but I'm glad I chose this MB.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory: For some applications this much memory is overkill, but I do alot of photo editing. In Photoshop I can work on extremely large files with ease and no lag. I also might try a RAM disk application for some other programs in the future.
Crucial M500 240 GB M.2 SSD: I have my OS and photo editing programs on this drive. The performance has been very good. I wanted to buy one of the Plextor M.2 drives, but this was the only one I could find in stock. It is mounted directly onto the motherboard, which you can see in some of the photos.
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" SSD: I use this SSD for all my other programs. It is installed on the back side where all the cable management is done since there are two SSD mounts there in the 450D. This is my first computer using SSD's and I'm amazed by how fast the load times are.
Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD: This is my storage drive. I mounted it in one of the 5.25 inch drive bays. A lot of photography files will be put on this.
Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card: I got a really good price on this GPU and it runs the few games I've tried with everything maxed out. I will probably upgrade to one of the next generation GPUs next year once I see what the performance difference is like.
Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case: I really liked the look of this case when I was researching. Now that I have used it I think it's great. This size case works great for what I've installed in it and the cooling has been outstanding. The one drawback I found is that it could use more room on the back side for cable management. It was a tight squeeze. I used 7 Cougar LED fans and the 2 Corsair PWM fans that came with the H110. The sound level has been extremely low and very acceptable.
SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: I bought this because the reviews were outstanding and it is fully modular. It's my first fully modular PSU and I will never buy a PSU that isn't fully modular again. Only way to go.
Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer: I burn a lot of backup CD/DVD so that is the main use of this. I have not burned any Blue-Ray yet, so I can't give an opinion on that part of it. I've been using the CyberLink Power2Go 9 to burn disks. It's easy to use and works well. I've been using the free version.
Microsoft Windows 8.1: My first time using 8.1. So far I really like it.
Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Keyboard: I have not purchased this yet. I'm waiting for the version with the brown MX switches to come out.
Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse: Works well. Lots of custimization options, including weights that can be added to balance it for the best feel.
Schiit Modi DAC and Schiit Magni High Output Headphone Amp: Love these! I've always had problems with sound card software and drivers so I wanted to try something different. No software at all for these and the sound is outstanding.
V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Vocal On-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone: So far I like them, although I want to purchase headphones that don't rest on the ear in the future. I think the term is around-ear.
Notes: the biggest issues I had was the H110 did not come with enough screws so I had to buy more. The rubber screws that come with the Cougar fans are garbage. They tore apart so I had to buy metal screws. I love how fast USB 3.0 is. Downloading files off my old computer took 53 minutes in one instance. Installing the same files on this new computer with USB 3.0 took 5.5 minutes.