First, what a great time I had building this!
This is an exceptional replacement for my laptop, which was on its last legs, despite being only a year old.
All prices shown include tax(and shipping, where applicable). I decided to make use of my Amazon Prime benefits, so all these parts were bought from Amazon, with the exception of the Cryorig H7, which was purchased on Newegg.
I'm currently using this for games(duh!), and so far everything I've thrown at it(not many, but enough) has turned out well. My 3DMark score was 5,424, which was 47% better than all other results(using the latest TimeSpy benchmark), so I'm pleased with that, considering this is a relatively 'cheap' build. I plan to do some video editing and rendering, so we'll put that i7 to use.
I chose the i7, mostly because having a stock clock of 4.0GHz, appealed to me, and the HT for video editing and rendering will come handy. I overcloced to 4.3GHz using Asus DIP.
The CPU cooler was originally the famous 212 Evo, but after doing some math, it won't fit in this case. The H7 was next on the list, and I'm glad, because it does its job well. I had absolutely no trouble installing it, which I am thankful for.
Didn't actually use the AS5, decided to use the stock CP7 that came with the H7. Works well, and I'm surprised temps stay as low as they do.
What a nice, reliable, sturdy motherboard! Great style, and it went in without a hitch. I, like many others, had an issue with the flimsy I/O shield, but I did get it to go in, so overall, am very happy.
Well, it's RAM, and it's fast, there's a lot of it, and it looks good(PLEASE G.SKILL MAKE RIPJAWS IN WHITE!)
I've always had a good record with Crucial, so I decided to try this SSD out, and I'm not disappointed!
This 1060 is a beast, for an entry level card. Plain and simple. Stays really cool, only had the fans come on once(during benchmarks, lol) but other than that it stays around room temp.
I love this case, though one thing, though it's probably more of a mismatch of parts than anything, the HD audio cable for the front panel is almost too short for the Z170A, it fits, but it looks ugly. Other than that, sturdy, came with two 120mm fans, which are absolutely quiet.
650w seemed a good amount, and since this was a gold rated PSU, I figured it couldn't hurt. It's quiet, has an Eco mode, full japanese capacitors, and it's semi modular. The one draw back is the flat cables that come with it are stiff as hell, and all of the SATA/VGA/PERIF cables are jumpered, so if you're doing a single optical drive/single storage build, I'd get a single cable. It also doesn't come with a six pin VGA cable, just an eight pin VGA, but with two pins separate(which is a pain to tie back)
Any optical drive would've worked, and this is no exception.
Picked 10 over 8 because I'll be forced to upgrade eventually anyway.
Three extra fans to fill the case out, and yes, my stupid *** paid more for one than the two pack. shrug It is what it is.
Thanks to everyone here at PCPP who helped me out!