Built this rig primarily in preparation for the HTC Vive/ Oculus Rift CV1, but I'll be using it for general gaming/ Dolphin emulation as well.
The name was chosen in honor of the horrid winter in Boston last year, the first winter I experienced on the East Coast.
i5-4690K- This CPU needs no introduction. I currently have mine OC'd at a very stable 4.5GHz with solid temps. A true champ.
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H - This Mobo came in a Fry's bundle with the 4690K ($290 for the pair!). It can do SLI later if I decide I want to. The orange on the board has grown on me, despite not matching anything else in the build. I don't feel like X99/DDR4 offers enough value to be worth the substantial price premium over X97/DDR3 yet.
Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB- Very good looking RAM at a good price.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB - SSD prices are falling super fast! I originally bought this drive for $170 (which, at the time, was an amazing price) only for the price to drop to $150 the next week. Returned and got the cheaper price. If prices go even lower, I'll go RAID 0. Went with 500GB because I wasn't interested in a small SSD/large HDD config; I'd much rather have everything on one mid-size drive. This build is for gaming only, so 500GB should go a long way.
MSI GTX 970 4GD5T - I chose this card on price alone. The card was getting really hot at stock clock speeds until I changed my fan config on my case. Now it is decently overclocked and runs at ~77c at load. Probably the only part I would change if I could...hard not to envy those with 980Tis.
Corsair H75 - I got a great deal on this loop at Fry's. The radiator is small, but my temps are still solid at 4.5GHz, so I don't really see a need for a more substantial loop yet.
EVGA 750W G2 - I was tempted to go cheap on the power supply, but in the end I decided coil whine/potential for failure wasn't worth the risk. 750W gives me plenty of headroom for SLI or a GPU upgrade.
NZXT H440 - I love the look of this case enough to offset the thermal issues. The front intake fans are blocked by a plastic shield, which dramatically reduces inflow. I originally mounted my push/pull radiator on the rear 140mm fan mount as an intake, hoping that the top three 120mm fans would move hot air out sufficiently. This led to extremely high temps on the GPU (83-88c!!!), so the loop had to be relocated to the front. With a 140mm exhaust fan back in the rear, everything is kept pretty cold.
A ton of Corsair LED fans - They look cool!
So, where should I take this build in the future? Should I go RAID 0? Should I SLI another 970, or move up to a single 980Ti?