PICTURES COMING SOON
I decided to complete one final build using the LGA 1150 socket and I decided to go out on a high, albeit expensive, note. I do a fair amount of gaming and video encoding using handbrake so I wanted something that could handle anything I threw at it. For now my gaming is all 1080p but I am planning to jump up to 1440 in the not so distant future. I purchased a GTX 980 but will be using the EVGA Step-up program to move to a 980ti fairly soon. I usually have a few components that are hold-overs from previous build but this time the only hold-over the i7-4790 CPU (otherwise I would have purchased a 4790K to go with this Z97 board). I will also look at getting a better PSU as sli is not out of the question but for now the Corsair CX750M is just fine; can't beat it for the price.
CPU - i7-4790 This is a hold-over part from a previous build and is a great CPU. I don't plan to do much overclocking with this build right now so it will continue to serve me well. I still wanted a Z97 board as I may SLI down the road.
Motherboard - ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer I have been really impressed with this board so far. It ois basically a budget version of the ROG boards that ASUS makes and it has been great. For myself I see no reason to spend the extra $100 to get an ROG board; the feature set on this board is outstanding
GPU - EVGA GTX 980 This card has been great so far but seeing as I just purchased and the 980 ti is now out I will be taking advantage of the EVGA Step-up program for sure. I will be able to move up to a 980 ti for around $100; would be crazy not to do that!
Case - Corsair Obsidian 450D This case was great to build in, I love Corsair, but there were a few things that bothered me. Cable management was pretty good but could have been better if they would have added just a few tie down points on the back. The back top/bottom both lack tie down points which made form come interesting zip tie work. All in all it still looks very clean and I am very happy with it. The included fans are not bad at all but eventually I will get some AF140 fans for the front mainly because they look great.