So I mainly use this machine for gaming. going down the line, I decided upon the intel core i5 4690k mainly because I didn't need the i7 and I wanted an overclockable cpu ( I haven't overclocked it yet ). I wanted a good cpu cooler for the extra heat produced during overclocking so I bought the corsair h110i gt and it works great the cpu is super cool and the pump and radiator fans are super quiet. i bought the thermal paste because i have heard horror stories of people using the thermal paste that came with their cooler and regretted it. so heres the deal with the motherboard. i actually bought the extreme 3 first. but heres what happened. i had it all assembled and i go to turn it on for the first time and it works for about 3 hours. after that i turned it off because i had to go to work. when i got back i tried powering on the machine and it wasn't posting and was stuck in a loop of powering on and then off again. so i troubleshoot. tested everything and the only logical explanation was that the asrock z97 extreme 3 was defective. so i returned it and bought the extreme 6. ever since then the system runs better than ever! next on the list is the 16 GB of memory. i actually got these on a deal for $99 so that influenced me in buying these over others. next i decided on a relatively small ssd for the operating system and a decent sized hdd for everything else. this is a great setup because the boot times are about 15-20 seconds. alright so next i put a lot of thought into which gpu i wanted. it was tempting to get the 980 but i didn't want to spend the extra 200$. so i bought the 970 and don't regret it; the gpu is amazing. it produces some of the best pictures that i have ever seen in a game. i just downloaded far cry 4 and it looked amazing at max settings. alright so next the case wasn't the biggest deal for me; i just wanted something high quality and fairly inexpensive that also had a window. the power supply was a pretty easy decision. the system uses about 350W before overclocking and i wanted something efficient with enough of a power buffer that i could oc without worrying about power. the disk drive is super basic, just the cheapest i could find. the wireless adapter is completely optional based on your situation. although i wanted wired; my home situation required that i had wireless so that's why that's in here.
all in all it is a great build and i have had a hell of a time playing with it and enjoying the graphics and high frame rates!
**EDIT To do List: - corsair link commander mini - blue led lights that go with the commander mini - evga 970 gpu back cover - (on the wall about) buy 16 GB more RAM because my ocd is killing me with those RAM slots being empty