I build for a living so I'm not sure what number build this is for me hah, this is my first home setup though. My theme here was a semi-future proof gaming machine while staying on a budget. The i5 4690k will be good for at least another 5 years I would imagine, and the 970 has proven very capable of anything you'd want to do. (When VR comes out, who knows, the whole GPU setup could change). I don't expect to upgrade for at least 3-5 years.
Also went with a black/red color scheme because...why not? (And green z97 mobo's are impossible :( )
I found the cooler on craigslist for 35.00 unopened. ;) Nice surprise to me, a 212 EVO would be a cheap substitute, or an H105 if you really wanna get crazy.
I love this case, a lot of great features not only building wise, but also aesthetically. No optical drive bays is actually nice, I don't like the look of anything that goes in an optical bay (fan controllers? ew...) and an external blu-ray will do the trick for me anyway.
If you have any questions on how the build went, difficulty of assembly, benchmark scores (I use unigine, 3DMark and OCCT for most testing), just drop it in a comment below. Pictures will be up soon(within the week).
Best performance for price. What more can you say, OC'd to 4.5 for me, lucky chip :D
Caught a cheap one on CL, love it, painted the fans black, sits at 28 degrees idle. Not bad :D
Great Z97 board, plenty of features for a Gaming 3, only room for 2 VCards though.
Works great, G. Skill has proven to be some great RAM on a budget.
Great speed, boots in < 5seconds.
Wish I would have gotten the 3TB for 10dollars more, but meh, this one works fine.
Love everything about the case, cable management is a breeze :)
Working great for my 1 970, would up to 850 if I wanted to SLI.
I have 30 down and 5 up, works great, almost as good as LAN ;)
Caught this on a deal for < 100 bucks, love it, working perfectly so far.
Great keyboard once you get used to it. Thicker than I thought, but that's a good thing
Love the mouse, RGB is nice, only 3 customizable spots though, love being able to adjust DPI, and the sniper button works great for ARMA 3 and CS:GO
Makes my ears sweat but I usually don't have both sides on at once anyway, basically soundproof, great sound quality