Made primarily for gaming and entertainment. The name refers to the fact that it is a powerful blue cube.
I decided on a blue and black theme after purchasing the Gigabyte 970 G1 Gaming cards. I went with the 970s because they are very close in performance to the 980 but maintain the larger amount of VRAM over the 700 series. The Swiftech H240-X is there for when I want to expand my water-cooling to include the videocards in the future. Probably after I replace the 970s in 1-2 years as they boost to 1600mhz on air without much issue now and putting them on water wont give me much more performance. Especially since all of the ram won't be cooled by the water block EK is releasing for the G1. I went with the Gigabyte cards specifically because they had some of the best cooling out of all the 970s and their looks and build quality are unmatched. I previously owned a EVGA 970 and it felt like a much cheaper card despite only being $20 less expensive.
The storage is a bit overkill but I wanted to have an abundance of SSD space without having to rely on storing games and programs on a HDD. I chose the Crucial drives specifically because of their cost and performance vs the competition and at $200 for 512GB I decided what the hell and brought two for raid 0. The two Seagate drives are hold overs from my previous build and are really just to fill the two slots in the case because the holes look ugly. Music, movies, backups and **** are all stored on the 4TB drive located in the NAS.
The Corsair dominator platinum kit is from my previous build. I simply purchased a light bar kit and a can of plastidip. Speaking of plastidip the Asus Sabertooth z97 MK1 was purchased solely because of the plastic thermal armor which has been plastidiped matte black to match the look and get rid of those ugly *** stickers.
I chose the 4790k devils canyon because of its overclocking ability over the 4770k. I'm currently running it at 4.8ghz. I chose the Hyper-Threaded chip over the 4690k on the off chance that there will be some game out that uses the extra threads. Probably a waste but this was my dream build so screw it.
I chose Corsair Air 540 because of looks and air cooling ability for my videocards. Originally I was going to go a mATX build with a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv but that case has taken forever to release and I got tired of waiting. Also after looking at reviews of the 900 series under water I decided not to bother investing in waterblocks for my videocards and so getting a full ATX motherboard and case became the only choice. The cube design, matte black color and huge window won me over.
I decided on the EVGA 850w PSU to give me room to grow in the future and because of its stellar reviews. Also I was able to purchase it on sale at NCIX for $114.99 without a rebate which was way cheaper than Newegg at the time.
The Asus PB278Q was purchased a couple years ago i just added a ergotron arm to it. 1440p gaming is nice and a decent compromise for people who want > 60fps but higher than 1080p.
The audio is handled by the Schiit Audio Magni and Modi DAC/amp combo along with a pair of Hifiman HE400s. The setup sounds really really nice but its forcing me to upgrade my music collection to FLAC. I purchased the headphones at headamp.org because they came with free velour ear pads. The only issue I had was that they did not respond at all to attempts at communication and I had to request a refund on paypal before they would tell me they had shipped and what the tracking number was.
The DVD burner is some ancient thing I had in the closet I decided to use because it matched the case finish and I needed to pull the network drivers off the motherboard DVD.
I went with a Corsair k70 RGB because it matched the look of the system and its a decent keyboard. The mouse is a Logitech g500s I had from my previous build. I plastidiped the grey top part black to match everything else. The mouse comes apart very easily for painting and cleaning.
The Corsair LED fans look nice and move a lot of air but I was disappointed that they weren't PWM.
Not really a big fan of windows 8.1, kinda wish I'd stuck with windows 7 but I guess I'll get used to it. Overall it was really easy to build and I feel I am now ready for next years top games.