This is basically my dream PC after 6 months of planning. TLDR WARNING Sorry for the bad phone photos, all the money went to the build :D
CPU: 4790K. Not overclocked, seems like stock temperatures on this kit tax the current cooling well enough to begin with and already has great performance, so we'll see if I'll OC it later in the year for some reason. I was using a 3570k on an Asrock Extreme4 before this, overclocked to 4.4 - so really the upgrade here is for the hyperthreading - which I do use.
Motherboard: this was the sole reason why I didn't go X99. I regretted not buying a sabertooth Z77 for Ivy, not for any other reason but aesthetics (my extreme4 is still a good board, with some caveats) and after they made one in white for z97, I was sold. I had to get one. I think the aesthetics are the best I've ever seen, and works well with colors. (No. 0447)
Storage: the 850 EVO at 520 mb/s R/W was a no brainer for an OS drive. I used to use a 335 Intel 240GB for OS - which I put in this rig as a supplement for extra high speed storage if I needed it. The improvements lie in the write speeds, with the Intel getting around 250 mb/s on the write with about the same read as the Samsung. The extra capacity helps with other things I do too. Almost bought 3 1TB 850s for RAID 0, but after some research, realized it wasn't worth it. One 4TB WD black is there for a gaming drive, the other is for... TBD. I also have an older Seagate Desktop 2TB (that I pulled out of an enclosure) in here to hold my media files and other migratory stuff from my now previous windows install.
Graphics: I think the Gigabyte 900s G1 series are my favorite kind of card. I was pleased with the windforce cooler on my old 7870s a few years ago, and it looks like theyve just improved on everything since then. The cooler, the backplate, and the logo are just flat out beautiful to boot. No more buying separate backplates and putting them on like I did with my EVGA 760s! I almost got HOF 980s, but the cost and hesitation of never using a galax card put me off. I put the money I saved elsewhere.
Case: Corsair 780T. The 600T I have I almost re-purposed for the mentioned X99 setup. I came close to buying the hardware from Corsair and just using it, but I would have had to buy an Evercool bay for SSDs only using 2 of the 5.25 slots and leaving only 2 for either my XSPC pump/res or something else. No HDDs either, as the cages might as well be on Mars (no idea where they are or are salvageable)...The design of the 600T also had a flaw which made me switch to a Fractal Midi R2 - and that was the fact I could not mount fans inside on a radiator like the ones on the h100i, only available on the choked top section that made more noise and didnt have direct contact with the radiator inside. The 780T is bigger, more friendly to watercooling options, and gorgeous. The SSD mounts and fan options are great, and it's a pleasure to build in. It's just the case for me.
Fans: I wanted to try out Corsairs LED series fans since they came out, so I swapped the front AF140s with SP140s for better SLI cooling, and put an AF140 in the rear. 2 SP140s are on the radiator, and all are attached to the integrated fan controller, making noise totally scalable, with the maximum setting being still very quiet.
Watercooling stuffs: The XSPC 750 dual bay res/pump is a leftover from a kit I experimented with in my old 600t - the RS240 kit. The kit in question was used until I got fed up with my water turning yellow and all the annoyances maintaining that, so I got an H100i, which actually performed better (this is partly due to the asrock board I used it on having a thin PCB and subsequently poor mounting).So this was sitting around ever since then, and I thought I'd save some money re-purposing it into this build. It's a great unit. The tubing is FLX white and actually kinked from the rad to pump inlet because of the tight clearance (needed to be redone), and the fittings are XSPC compression fittings in black chrome, some I had laying around. The radiator is a white Black Ice from HWlabs, 280GTS. It's a little thicker than an H series dual fan rad, seemed fine for the job and matched the color palette. The block was orginally supposed to be EK's black and acetal copper CSQ, but Performance PC's ran out of it and I opted for Nickel/Plexi instead. Still looks great, I think. It being transparent is really cool.
RAM: Avexir I've never tried as a company before. I was going to get some Dominator 2666s - but when I saw these on RushKit - I had to have them for this board. I got 32GB mainly because the only options they sell these are in 2 x 8GB or 4 x 8GB - and I wanted all my DIMMS populated. I'm still convincing myself this is the reason why I need 32GB - I had 16GB before (now in another build) and I only rarely used that much when making GIFS and other things in Adobe. I feel like I should experiment with VM or Ramdrives! Maybe in the future...
PSU: HX750. Year and a half old. Has powered everything I've owned from a year ago forward with no problems. It's a solid unit, and I got black and white cablemod cables for it as well. I was going to try ICEMODZ customs, but it would have taken a while for those to get sent to me. I was going to order black, silver, and white cables from them anyway, and I figured I could omit one color and pay less - with shorter mail times.
Monitor: ROG Swift. I previously had 2 VG248QE's on a mount and I liked those a lot - but they had some issues for me. For as close as I sit to my desk, 1080p was really starting to look....wide. I'm not sure how to explain this except for those who used to sit close to a CRT TV and were able to see the pixels spread out - it kind of felt like that and I got some bad eye strain because of it. Naturally, I needed a larger resolution, whilst keeping the features of the VG248QE's. Enter this. G-sync, like 144hz, is something everyone should try. You really dont notice the differences until you've actually utilized them - all I can say is that these together, powered by the 980's in sli just makes things too smooth to believe.
EDIT: 3/14/2015 - I've switched my loop around from the previous configuration of pump to block, block to rad, rad to reservoir. It's now like the first photo, being pump to rad, rad to block, block to res. The temperatures are 10c less on average now.
EDIT: 3/15/2015 - Started getting random BSODS and system freezes when under load in gaming. Driver reinstalls and memtest scans have been done, nothing seems to be changing. No malware or virus infections either. Nothing is overclocked. I'm starting to think the PSU is going bad. I've taxed it pretty heavily in the time I've had it, so it could be the issue. I've ordered an HX1000i to replace it.
EDIT: 4/25/2015 - Power supply made no difference. DRAM overclocking capability in the BIOS set to 120% fixed my issues, along with uninstalling HWinfo64.
Anyway, this is my first published build on here. Thanks for sticking around and checking it out, cheers.