First build in like 15 years. Man how things have changed. This is primarily a gaming/htpc.
CPU: upgraded to a i7 4790K. Started using this machine for some light motion graphics editing as well. So hyper-threading actually comes in handy. Fantastic chip. Overclocked to 4.4 with ease. I will take it farther but haven't had time yet.
Cooler: Choose the 105 because I had the space and I didn't care for what I was hearing about corsair link. I dunno one less thing to go wrong with this pump. Plus some more surface area can't hurt. Seems to be working pretty good so far. Toying with the idea of doing a water cooled cpu/gpu look down the line not sure yet.
mobo: Love this thing. Easy to use...Easy to update. It's everything I wanted and a price that wasn't killing my budget. Look at the ROG and Sniper and just didn't see anything that this board didn't have that I needed.
ram: It's ram...it works. Saved some money here may go to some higher end stuff down the line.
SSD: Its great. boot times are fantastic with 8.1. I'll probably throw another 240 or 300+ in there when I see a great deal and have some cash.
Video card: Upgraded the video card and made some money out of the deal. Got a gtx 970 this go around. Going to add a second at some point.
PSU:It works and its alright. Again saving some money here. Someday if I have to I'll go to an 850 ax. This was the biggest pain of the build was trying to find a psu that fit and was affordable. Really would like to have full modular though. I'm sure I overlooked one that would be better any suggestions welcome.
Fan's I replaced like the whole freaking thing including rad fans. Glad I did but there is still some modding to be done to really cool this sucker down in my opinion.
Mouse: I wanted a good solid gaming mouse that wouldn't break the bank. Saw this while diggin through amazon and was surprised at all the positive feedback and features for such a cheap mouse. I am glad to say I am not disappointed...would I rather have a g700 or rat 9. Well yeah but I also had spent enough for now. This is a great alternative and is responsive, economic, and really customizable. I would not hesitate to buy from this company again. Considering getting one of their back lit keyboards right now as well.
Last but not least case. I really wanted something semi small and with a good look to sit along side my energy tower speakers. This fit the bill. Only thing I could ask for is some sort of mesh in the front to let some more air in this thing. It's not terrible but it could be a chiller if they did that. Maybe something like bittfenix is doing with the prodigy and phenom.
That's all for now. Some more stuff to do includes some more cable clean up with some single sleeving and also probably will get the windows. Wasn't gong to but now that I put this much work in I want to show it off. Plus hopefully working out the front air flow dilemma. I'll re post pics and and update when it all happens.