This is the first PC that I have built myself. My previous windows gaming computer was last used in 2006, it was a custom job I had a shop build for me with little input on my part. I've been a Mac person since then which is great and I will continue to do all my media stuff and browsing on one. I do have bootcamp/win 7 on my macs which were used for light gaming (7 days to die or DayZ mostly) but mostly I was on XO. I do have an Oculus Rift DK2 and the lack of continued Mac support was another reason I'm doing this build, I will probably get the HTC Vive instead of the CV1 in a few months and this should hold up to whatever VR can throw at it for a while.
But most of all, Im sick of consoles and ready for a high end PC gaming experience again so here we go...
Initially ordered an ASUS z-170a and paid that price however the Amazon seller accidentally shipped me the Z170-PRO instead for the same price which was cool, still matches the aesthetic and was easy to work with.
I think I stripped a couple screws when mounting the MB and as it turns out with this case you really need to attach the backplate for the cooler before mounting the board, not enough clearance, took a couple attempts but got it. That was the only major snafu. Also purchased a white sleeved MB power cable, looks great.
I actually have the NVIDIA 1070 FE from the Nvidia store as everything else was backordered...it turns out that I A) picked a bad time to build my first computer and B) have little patients/self control. I don't intend to mess with overclocking the card for a while so the FE sounds fine.
I did overclock the CPU somewhere in the 4.2 range, no issues and I haven't seen it get over 40c under load yet.
Crushes DOOM on nightmare settings at 2k. GSynch is pretty cool too, things have changed since I last played PC games.
Also just tried out the DK2 with some demos...huge improvement from my 2013 27in IMac.
I will be adding an NZXT Hue+ soon
Edit 4/8/18: Have triple 2k monitors now and will occasionally play games via nvidia surround on all monitors for games like 7 Days to Die. I also have the Oculus CV1 now, have added some USB 3.0 ports, a 2tb storage HDD and a second 500gb SDD.