It's my first build that I got for a high school graduation gift. I'm using the build for gaming and I am planning on bringing it along to me to my dorm in college.
I had this build planned since the end of 2014 with the 4790k/980 as the main parts of the system, and I had the expectation of being skimped out by my parents so I had a backup plan of a 4690k/970 which probably could of been better considering the price.
I got the Maximus VII Hero because Micro Center had a mobo combo with the 4790k and I just like the looks of it. It was what I had as my "build I was wishing for" so it's great to have it.
For the RAM, I got it for the aesthetics of the heatsinks. It looked pretty cool and Newegg was selling single 8GB sticks for $50 each.
The CPU cooler was an odd choice. At first I was planning on getting an AIO water cooler with the Corsair H100i GTX and then the Swiftech H240x, but I liked the design of Cryorig's coolers and settled with their midrange cooler (H5 Universal with an additional fan for push/pull) after researching the cooler for a bit. Eventually, I'm going to replace the cooler with Cryorig's AIO water cooler that is coming up and that depends on when they are going to release it.
Even though the 980 Ti released 2 weeks later from when I bought my 980 (and then the price lowered to $500), I don't really have any regrets on it as I'm eventually going to either get another 980 to SLI or sell my card to buy the Ti.
Overall, it's entirely better than what I had before (prebuilt PC with a 750 Ti that I placed) yet it's a bit overkill on the games that I mostly play. (CS:GO, SMITE) At least the card came with both Arkham Knight and Witcher 3 so I can expect to play those games with no struggle and now I'm able to some games that I had in my Steam library that I couldn't run good before.