Just finished this build after saving, planning, and researching for almost 6 month. Please do note that I build outside of US so there's some minor difference on availability of parts.
Not my first time building, but it's been quite a while since last time I build one. My previous PC had been serving me well for 7 years, it was still running on AMD-phenom and gt 8500. The only thing that can be salvaged is the old HDD. I expect major performance improvement and it gladly deliver :D
Main usage of the PC is for gaming, on my previous one I can only run Dota 2 on lowest settings at 800x600 resolutions, and I must make sure to kill all other running program so that it could barely run. I aim for good performance on current gen games (gta-v and witcher-3) on very high / near maxed out settings and still running smooth 1080p at 60fps. Still hasn't installed those games but for now I've only played metro, dota, and CS:go it's all delivers good performance
For the CPU I'm just getting the cheapest of 4th gen i5, since I suppose this will give adequate power for my needs since I don't really have other uses besides gamings and office uses. Next is H97 for the motherboard, since I don't really aim for the highest/hardcore performance so I'm not planning to OC or SLI my build. The MSI gaming 3 is actually last minute change, I was aiming for Gigabyte at first, my previous PC last me that long on Gigabyte motherboard so I have good faith on Gigabyte's durability, but since it wasn't available when I was ordering so I switched to this current one. And the GPU, MSI GTX970 tiger edition, the cheapest of them all (at my country at least) no other particular reason but to keep it within the budget. The reviews shows that it's actually still performing nicely and no huge difference compared to the more expensive brands.
Memory is just getting some good brands (Corsair have good aftersales reputation here) that have matching color for aesthetics, 8gb of ddr3 ram is hardly maxed out on my current usage, and if in the future I need to upgrade it I could just plug in another one. The Corsair PSU again based on good aftersales service here also for the long warranty. I was weighting among Corsair and Superflower and Enermax, but those 2 have less reliable aftersales service than Corsair (more hassle RMA) so I'm taking this one. I know there's some not too good reviews on CS series and it's just third tier rate, but I'll have good faith in it, hope it'll last me some good time.
Lastly for the case, oh man this is the part that excites me the most :D My very first full tower case. I am aiming for good airflow, less prone to dust, and sleek looks. This case surely delivers all of those. I live at tropical place, it's really dusty and30~350 without aircon is the normal tempt here so having a PC that's not a heater is a big plus.
Really satisfied with this case. Good look, spacious, great cable management, and good airflow by default. Lot's of dust filter, front panel IO with 4 usb port, no real complaint from inside until the outside.