First and foremost: I did not get these parts from the U.S. I do not reside in the U.S. I simply used the site to see what builds worked, what didn't, as well as what kind of builds other people had created.
My original plan was to replace my dying iMac (2010) with a Mac Pro or iMac with 5K Retina Display. I was convinced otherwise (mainly my dad telling to learn new things such as building a computer myself).
TL;DR, I used Macs for 7 years, I do sound designing and video editing, but I wanted to learn how to make a PC and I also wanted to start PC gaming.
Incoming ultra long description
Anyways, now that we got that out of the way, welcome to my first ever custom build. I call it the "I spent more than I should have" build, simply because I live in Hong Kong. You'd think prices here are cheaper, and they can be at times, but as you will see (or would have already seen), the prices are actually much higher, and for that, I cri.
CPU: I originally wanted to go with the 4790K, but the clerk at the store convinced me to burn more of my money away with a 5820K. I did my research and decided to go with it as there was (coincidentally) a sale for Haswell-E CPUs and X99 mobos. All in all, the CPU is a beast of a chip, and I've OC'ed it to 4.5Ghz at the standard 1.3V.
CPU Cooler: I originally had a Noctua NH-D15. I switched to the H110i GT. I believe this was an impulse buy after seeing it somewhere on the internet, either that or once again, the (supposed) sale that was happening at the store again. It's a great CPU Cooler, albeit a rather large CPU Cooler. I was considering the GTX variant, but couldn't justify it in my head for another $30 U.S.D just for a slightly thinner radiator. At idle, the temps are in the mid-20s Celsius, and under load, does not climb higher than 65 Celsius. Ambient temp is usually 22 Celsius.
Motherboard: As mentioned above, I was originally planning for an ASUS Z97 Sabertooth Mark S for that noice white finish to match my case and (white HyperX fury DDR3 RAM - before everything changed). After being convinced in merely 5 seconds from the tiny increase in cost for the deal of the CPU+Mobo, as well as the assumption that I'll be doing myself a favour in terms of making my overpriced build future-compatible, I decided to grab myself one. All jokes aside, Yes. I did do my research and figured this board would be enough for me, and the only other board that really stood out to me was the ASUS Sabertooth X99.
Update --- 15-Oct-2015: It's been about 2 weeks since this has actually happened, but I made the switch to the ASUS Sabertooth X99.
Memory: I decided on these RAM sticks as I figured I don't really need RAM such as the flashy and overpriced Corsair Dominator RAM, and I liked that these were inexpensive in terms of being able to overclock themselves from 2400Mhz to 2666Mhz without modifying a single thing. They also look sleek and gets the job done when things begin to get crowded (namely rendering when I work).
Storage: Okay, the drives were bought at separate times, so I'll split this into two parts:
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB and WD CavBlue 1TB were bought together on initial purchase. SSD for bootl; HDD for storage, media, and backup. Some people might also wonder how I keep my stuff backed up; I use external drives, but they're old so I haven't added them to the list, though they do stack up to about 8TB.
The SM951 was an upgrade so I could improve my workflow when working on video footage and at times with sound effects and presets and such. I looked everywhere for the NVM-E variants of these, but they really are just so darn rare so I settled for the AHCIs. I would've gotten the Intel 750 series, but I figured I should probably save PCI-E slot for the future if and when I get my second GPU.
TL;DR:I used to have 1 SSD, 1 HDD. Now I have an M.2 for Boot, SSD for temp folder, and HDD for longer storage before moving to my older external drives.
GPU: Again, some will criticize me. It's okay, please don't rage or judge (with the urge to b*tch-slap me to another dimension); just hear me out first. In short, I had 1 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970. Then I got a second 970. Then I replaced both with a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980Ti.
Now, the timings for these purchases were as follows: bought first 970 at initial purchase; second after replacing old monitor with new fancy 4K monitor, realized VRAM is worse than I hoped; got the 980Ti once it came out.
For those who care: my 980Ti is overclocked to 1492Mhz, and the memory is +500. I used MSI Afterburner. I think I did this correctly, or I'd be screwed. And yes, no voltage tweaks, though I did have to use RegEdit to delay the timeout period so my games and/or work would hopefully and usually be able to continue working without crashing.
Case: There's not much to say about the case I guess? It was either this, or the NZXT H440, but they didn't have the H440 (white colour) in stock when I looked, and the R5 was advertised a lot. The reviews also gave the R5 a slight edge, so I went with that.
PSU: Not much for the PSU either, got it during initial buy in case I wanted to go 2-Way SLI. I did, then I swapped it out for a single GPU again. Maybe it'll become a 2-Way SLI again in the future. It's also +80 Platinum, so it's most definitely one of the more reliable PSUs, which is nice.
OS: I'm an idiot, yes. However, updating to Windows 10 is making my experience better (for now), as its UI is similar to that of a Mac OS - it's just something I've grown used to, so play nice, everyone has their preferences.
Wireless Adapter: In all honesty, I bought this simply for the printer. We have 2 routers in the house. Specifically, I have my own router, and the family uses the other router. However, the printer is connected to the other router, which is outside, so I just got it for the sake of not needing to route another lead to the printer. Again please don't hate </3
Case Fans: Case fans. Case fans everywhere.
Monitor: I used an iMac, of course I didn't have another monitor lying around..
Okay, fine. I did have another lying around, but it was a Samsung 23" 1080p TN panel. My stupid self thought I couldn't live with the fact of 'downgrading' from the 2K resolution on the 2010 iMac, or the 15" Retina Macbook Pro (I think the resolution was 2880x1800), so I looked for a 2K monitor, and thought to myself once again about future-compatibility, so I looked for the cheapest 4K display that was IPS, and had a decent response time for gaming. This monitor has a 5ms response time, and the reviews say that this monitor is basically a gem for the price. I don't know much about monitors other than IPS is better than TN (usually) and that the 100% color representation should come close to half of the quality on an iMac with 5K Retina display.
Peripherals: I used to use the standard mac peripherals, figured I needed something that didn't run on Bluetooth; something that was reliable (thus, wired stuff); and something that just added a bit of..flare? I don't know what the word is, I just know RGB helps with using the computer at night in the dark with my room door locked and the lights turned off .-.
The K70 is buggy, but that might just be compatibility issues with Windows 10. So is the M65.
LEDS: Just some cheap LED Strips and a IR controller to control the colours, powered via a Molex connector.
Amplifier (under the monitor): Yamaha HTR-6230, just an old amplifier than gets the job done in powering my monitors. Also comes with a sub-woofer, though I did not take a picture of it - it's pretty basic, provides decent and defined bass.
Speakers: KEF LS50. Really like these monitors, especially when I crank up the volume.
HyperX Cloud II: These cans do a decent job at virtual 7.1 surround sound, and the overall quality isn't bad for the price.
I'm surprised you even made it down here - unless you scrolled all the way down :P Hopefully you guys will like the build as much as I do!