UPDATE: Sadly my R9 290x died an early death and I was able to exchange it and make some updates to my build, check it out here --> https://pcpartpicker.com/b/F3GfrH
About a year ago I help my friend build his first computer, and since then I was set on building my own. I had never built one for myself so I didn't know too much about it all, but I did know one thing: it had to be just as fast on the inside as it was sexy on the outside. So I got interneting and finally arrived with this. And I really am quite pleased. I'll go through some of my experiences that hopefully might serve some of you out there. Most of my decisions on what parts to buy were completely based around my though above, outstanding performance and looks.
CASE: When I first started figuring out just how one went about building a computer from the ground up I figured I might as well find a case I really liked first. The first time I saw the H440 I was pretty much sold. It had everything I wanted aesthetically and was a decent price. Though through my research on it I found it was notorious for having "bad airflow" because of the design. That kind of scared me and so after a lot of searching I came across the Fractal Design R5. Same price, came it white, and had a window, and was supposed to get better airflow, but it wasn't as appealing to me physically. So I went back and forth between the two and it ultimately came down to the fact that when I went to buy everything the R5 was out of stock everywhere, so (because I'm impatient) I went with the H440. But I do not regret my decision at all. The H440 is great, replacing the stock fans and removing all the HHD trays (except for one at the top) allows for great airflow that keeps the system temps right around 30 degrees for everyday use (more on gaming temps later). I think the PSU cover with the SSD mounts on top should be a must for any side panel windowed case out there because it sexy as ****. And with that cable management is a breeze. No complaints whatsoever.
CPU: A actually picked out my motherboard before I had decided on what CPU to get. I knew I wanted to go with the newest X99 set so my CPU were semi limited (not that that was a bad thing). 5820k was a pretty obvious choice for me as I just don't think the extra $200 for the 5830k is justifiable for only 40 pci lanes rather than 28. Sure if I was planning on running like quad sli/xfire maybe, but otherwise I think its a waste. Haven't even attempted to OC the thing yet (which you can get to 4.5Ghz ez) because I really haven't seen a need. It's plenty fast and runs so cool I'll just leave it stock til I need some extra power in the future.
CPU COOLER: I was originally planning on getting the Corsair H105 but when I went to buy it on Amazon the H100i GTX showed up and it was on sale for $10 less. So since it cools just about the same, but looks 100 times sexier than the H105, I went withe H100i. No complaints about the cooler itself, it does its job well, but the stupid Corsair Link software is straight retarded. I pretty much used it to set my LED color and then uninstalled it haha. Now as you can see I added the white tubing around the original tubes to really tie in the white theme and I think its one of my favorite parts about the build. The Primoflex tubing was cheap and I just cut it down to size and then down the middle and wrapped it around the original. Simple way to give your system that extra pop.
MOBO: Asus has always made amazing boards so when I saw their x99 I knew it was for me. I love the white cover with the x99 series graphic that covers the rear I/O and the other little white/blue accents that are elsewhere on the board. I'd definetely recommend the Pro over the A version; looks a little nicer and comes with built in WIFI and Bluetooth. Granted I use a hardline but its just nice to know you have it if you need it rather than having to upgrade down the line. The things just plain sexy all around.
RAM: Not much to say except was it worth the extra $100 to get the Dominator series from Corsair rather than their Vengeance? Performance wise: no. Aesthetic wise: HELLS YES!!
STORAGE: The two mounting brackets on the PSU cover in the H440 just screamed "BUY TWO SSDS AND PUT THEM IN RAID 0!!!!" So I did. The 730's had a good price per performance and they look so good they were an obvious choice for me, especially since I wanted to put them in RAID. One thing about that tho, setting it up wasn't as clear cut as it should have been through the Asus BIOS. If you're having problems with doing the same on an x99 Asus board, let me know and I can give you my work through.
GPU: Ahh, what a beautiful thing the Sapphire R9 290x 8GB Vapor-X is. First off, lets just say that 8GBs is just a truck load of vRAM and I don't know of a game right now that gets close to using that up even at 4k. But I decided to go with it because I wanted to build a bit of future proofing into my system and because I was planning on getting my monitor (more on that later). When considering what card to get I knew I wanted to get something really high end and it was either better mine or the 980. I know that the 980 beats the 290x most of the time (not by a huge margin tho) and runs cooler and quiter but to me it came down to price and vRAM. I could spend over $600 and get an 980 with 4GBs or spend $520 and get the 290x with 8GBs. You know which one I went with. Totally satisfied. The thing is a beast and runs every game I have at max setting at 60fps and at the oh so beautiful res of 3440x1440. Down the line I plan on getting a second on but well see when that is. In all honesty I build this computer with one game in mind: The Witcher 3. I'm a huge fan of the series and can't wait for the 3rd one (like almost 3 weeks now!!!). So once it comes out I'll see how my card stands up to ultra settings and 3440x1440 60fps. If it doesn't cut it, I'm buying another one haha. Also the Vapor-X cooler does a great job, during a normal gaming load it sits at an average of 65 degrees C.
PSU: Bought the 1000 watt with a second GPU in mind.
MONITOR: Now what is a super sexy, ultra high-end computer any good for if you don't have a super sexy, ultra high-end monitor to use it with? Enter the LG 34" Ultrawide Curved 3440x1440 IPS monitor. Their aren't words or pictures or videos adequate enough to describe the jaw dropping beauty that this monitor provides to everyday computing and immersive gaming. Just as Linus said in his review of this, 4k is dead to me after using this monitor. There's no weird text scaling crap with windows that 4k has, but it has all the beauty of >1080 viewing plus that extra 21:9 aspect ratio that gives you so much screen real estate (I work from home so thats a big deal to me) and make you feel like you are one with the game when playing. Shadow of Mordor, Ori and the Blind Forest, Battlefield, League of Legends (and all other games in those respective genres) all 1000x better at 21:9. If you can, buy this monitor, and your eyes will thank you.
EXTRAS: Everything else in my part list is pretty self explanatory. The keyboard and mouse are great and those Logitech speakers make movies and games hit like your at the club, surrounded by 1000 beautiful women massaging your ears. Credit to my wife for finding the Titanfall, Destiny, and Halo art that is on my wall (Master Chief 'n friends are is my boyzzz). She got them for me out of the blue and just make to whole space radiate with greatness. The least exciting part of my build was painting the 3 fans and then two GPU plates. Wait, scratch that. Painting everything was easy. Putting those damn fans back together was a nightmare. Fitting those rubber grommets back in place, while trying to not mess up your paint job, was a task made by the devil himself. If you want to do it, you've been warned.
TL;DR- This computer makes your eyes wet because of its sheer beauty and power.
If you have any questions let me know!!! And thanks for reading!