Ok, where to begin. I did this build in order to create more room on my desk, my old (5 month old build) AMD rig was just taking up to much room, the wife was complaining, so I had to fix that. The wife told me this is my last build for some years to come, I agreed. So I went all out in my eyes and got some components that shouldn't need updated anytime soon.
This is used for gaming and everyday browsing. Everything from Assassin's Unity to Minecraft.
BTW, I call it the bread maker because last night my grandmother stopped by the house and asked why I have a bread maker machine on my desk. lol. Anyway, on to the parts!
CPU - i7-4790k - Alright, So I originally went to MicroCenter in hopes of buying a i5. But when I got to the store I saw these puppies on a small sale, plus I had a 20 dollar gift card. So I decided to go big or go home with the cpu. This thing is beautiful. Very fast. I've been a AMD fanboy for years, so this being my first Intel, I'm glad I picked this one.
CPU COOLER - Zalman 3 MAX - Ok simple story, got it for free for my birthday. I already purchased a Corsair H60 to put into this case, but figured I'd try it out first. It keeps the cpu cool like its suppose to. But does run pretty loud compared to some other coolers. Not loud enough to be a bother though.
MOBO - ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac - This thing rocks! I got it for a great price at MicroCenter. My ONLY gripe about this is the 3 pin fan headers. THERES ONLY 2!!!! So I learned this the hard way, and I'm currently waiting on a delivery for a 4 pin molex to 3 pin fan headers adapter piece to place in this case. Yeah it'll make the front chassis fans run at 100% but oh well. I'd rather have them running then nothing at all. Luckily the CPU cooler sucks out the warm air pretty efficiently for the meantime until I get that installed in a couple days.
Memory - Kingston Fury 8GB DDR3-1866 - What can I say, its RAM. Its fast. It helps things run smoothly. Good price. Got the 1 stick of 8gb in case in the future i for whatever reason need to upgrade another 8gb.
Storage - Crucial BX100 500gb - OK, if you are reading this, and you're researching for a build. STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING. And go buy one now!!! For this price, I was skeptical. I was going to fork over the extra cash and get the Samsung EVO 512gb. Boy am I glad I didn't. This puppy can read faster than the samsung but does have a slower write speed. I'm not worried about that. I love this SSD, once the TB SSDs are a little more affordable, maybe i'll upgrade to one.
Video Card - GTX 970 Superclocked 4gb - Do I even need to explain this one? Good price, good performance, good energy efficiently, quiet fans. The one thing I will add about this, is with the Node 304 case, the GPU can get a little warm.
Case - Fractal Design Node 304 White - This whole build I wanted to do a minimalist look. I kind of got off that course with the speakers and what not, but regardless this case is amazing! Super small and compact, but easy to move around inside. The cable management is very easy if you don't have the HDD racks installed. And place the SSD in the front panel as I did.
PSU - Silverstone 550w - If you get this PSU and its a small case like this, I'd recommend getting the short cable set thats for sale on amazon. I did that and it made wiring a cake walk. Didn't have alot of excess cables hanging around on the inside.
Monitor - Asus VX238H-W - I wanted something white, smaller than the 32in Samsung TV I was previously using. This monitor fits the bill for me and the wife.
Feel free to ask some questions and I'll try to reply ASAP. Thanks PCPARTPICKER for helping me create another fun build.