I've always wanted to build my own PC and I finally took the opportunity to build one.
It was a great experience. Emotions felt ranged from excitement while ordering all the parts, frustration as I waited for them to arrive and nervousness when I first turned the computer on.
The choice of components is pretty standard. Initially I planned on using the corsair 200R but decided on a white NZXT s340 instead as it was on sale on newegg. As it was my first time building it and I was eager to get all my parts quick I ordered most of the stuff based on recommendations and reviews on pcpartpicker.
I went into the building process feeling pretty confident, having watched over two thousand five hundred and fifty five videos on building computers on youtube while I waited for all my parts to arrive. The process was smooth and easy. I only encountered a problem when I first turned the PC on and the red CPU light came on. I panicked and spent a couple of hours online before realizing I hadn't plugged the power cable for the motherboard in all the way in. After applying a decent amount of pressure on it, the computer turned on. What a relief!
I wasn't too sure about the cooler, h60i, but after using it for a while, my temps have stayed around 60 degrees under heavy load, which includes stress testing it for a few hours.
As for the gtx 980 classified, I have initiated the step up process with EVGA. I am not in a rush to get it as the 980 has been great so far with the games I've tried on it ( cs go, ac syndicate, gta V, metro last light etc). If I didn't get the 1070 for free I might not even have upgraded it at all but it should provide a nice boost in performance.
AS for GPU temps, it doesn't go above 65 degrees but I do have a pretty aggressive fan profile thats set to 100% fan speed when the GPU hits 70 degrees.
Finally, I got the monitor for a really good price at staples and it's perfect. I am an architecture student and I use photoshop, illustrator and indesign a lot, and so far the images look great and it has a mode where it sets the brightness and contrast to reach 100% adobe RGB.
The keyboard and mice are pretty cheap but good. I don't game much for 8 out of 12 months in a year so I don't care too much for it. All in all, i am very happy with the outcome