I have used a gaming desktop for a few years, and wasn't really using it as a laptop anymore. With a family on the way, and a new contract being able to work from home for a few hours a week, I decided to build a new desktop that should be a little futureproofed and be enjoyable to work from home as well.
CPU I chose the i5-6600K due to a budget constraint, but also the gaming I would be doing does not utilise all the cores of an i7. I also don't do a lot of 3D rendering, so wasn't a major to step back.
CPU Cooler Having read the reviews, thought this would both look good and perform well. So far so good! Also like the Link software included.
Motherboard I started off on the Pro Gaming series, however, the more I read, the more I wanted to go for a good balanced board. I settled on the Maximus VIII Hero. Great visuals and love the ASUS BIOS.
Memory Again, budget constraints limited to 2400, however, always possible to upgrade later on, right?
Storage I already had a Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD, so brought another one and have connected them in RAID0. Performs great. Will look at getting a standard HDD at some stage for backup.
Video Card Tough decision, but where I saved on the CPU, I think I've gained with the GPU and the G1 Gaming series. Love the blue Windforce LEDs, and compliments the case nicely.
Case Can't say enough great things about this. Awesome design, love the pre-installed fans and the built in fan header, love the face the PSU is hidden, and so quiet. The better half enjoys it too...
Power Supply Thought this would give me a good balance of power without breaking the bank, and the fact it's fully modular is great. Included cables are great, but not as flexible as I would have thought.
Monitor Had a 27" monitor before, but after seeing this on a colleagues desk, I really wanted on! The Dell U2515H is the perfect balance of price, performance, and clarity. Built strong too, so don't feel like it's going to move quickly. I'll be purchasing another one when I sell my laptop.
CableMod PSU Cable kit I wasn't going to get these originally, however, after trying to work with the bundled Corsair cables, and a long weekend sale recently, I thought I'd splash out. So glad I did. Built great, and compliment the colours of the rest of the build superbly. Highly recommended if you can afford them!