This is actually one of the two builds that I've completed within the last 6 months. They are the first two builds that I've selected every single part for, and put together piece by piece. I've been lurking PCPP for about a year or so just to gain a better understanding of computers in general. Prior to PCPP, I understood a little bit more than just the basics about computers and assembling them. After spending a lot my time on PCPP I gained a greater understanding of computers and assembling them part by part as well as a appreciation for the community here, so I really want to thank for everyone here.
I picked all the parts for my friend's and put it all together for him as his birthday gift in October. I had a friend come over and help me out who worked at Intel previously cause I didn't want to put the CPU in and bend the pins, since I heard the Skylake chips were even more fragile than previous generations of CPUs. We ran into a few issues with the Mobo and installing Win. 7. It me took a few hours to figure it out why the mouse and keyboard weren't working after windows started but worked in the first few seconds. Then we also couldn't use the 3.0 USB slots and the 3.1 USB Hub I believe that Win 7 doesn't support it and I've tried the solution that ASRock had up on it's website and had no luck. I got everything but the 3.0 & 3.1 USB slot's to work but my friend purchased Win 10 later that week and used that and all the USB ports started to work. At first I thought it was an ASRock Mobo, so I was frustrated at myself for not going with the MSI M7 Mobo like I originally planned.
CPU I choose the I5-6600K because it was basically the latest and greatest and was here to take the throne from the 4690k and the i7-6700k really wasn't worth it just for the Hyper-Threading and same amount of physical cores. If he was spending that much I'd rather have him go with the 5820k for 2 more physical cores and Quad Channel RAM as well as Hyper-Threading. I saw the 6600K as basically a revamped 4690k with some new features and about 10-15% more performance.
CPU COOLER This was a very difficult and might have been a poor choice of part on my end but only time will truly show. I originally wanted to get the Kraken X61 and I believe I choose have gone with that one just because of brand name and the 8 year warranty on it over the 3 year warranty on the Captain 360. The bigger the radiator generally means the better the cooling, so I believe the 360 will cool better than the X61 the question is for how long.
MOTHERBOARD The main reason I choose the ASRock Mobo was because of the combo deal with 16Gb's of DDR4-3000 RAM the board was around $220 at the time of purchase and RAM was only $70 so it was pretty cheap. The original plan was to go with the M7 and Trident Z 16Gb's of DDR4-3200 RAM. I gave my friend the option of going with either one I told them both relatively the same, just that the other option looks better and will cost you about $200 more.
STORAGE The 850 EVO was just an essential for booting up your PC in 5 seconds and will come in handy especially if you ever need to reboot when gaming cause of some issue. I chose the WD Black series over the Blue Caviar more reliability and durability from what I've read across several different forums and reviews.
GPU I chose the R9 390 because of the 8GB VRAM and even though the 970 is better at 1080p than the 390. The 390 is better at 1440p and higher. I've heard that games in the future will be using more VRAM and if the 970 only can access 3.5GB of the 4GBs of VRAM as been said then the 390 will outlast it as long as it doesn't catch fire, but on the bright side it will keep him warm during the winter.
CASE We went and got the 750D Corsair case off Craigslist for $60 which was a steal. The guy wanted $80, but we negotiated and brought it down to $60. It came with in box with manual it was brand new. The guy we got it from said he got it from a warehouse or something like that, but either way it was a steal. It might have literally been a steal on his end.
PSU I chose the EVGA 850W G2 PSU for several reasons. The first being because it's listed as tier one so it won't catch fire. The second being it was 850W giving him at least 100-150W of headroom whenever he wants to crossfire his 390 for 4k gaming later on.
OPTICAL DRIVE Basically to install Windows lol.
CASE FANS I choose the Fractal Design Venturi High Flow Series for the most air flow at the lowest noise possible knowing that the R9 390 will be producing quite a bit heat. I replaced the the stock case fans that came with the corsairs fans and used the 2 Venturi fans for intake and 1 of them as exhaust in back and also set the Captain 360 as intake at the top of the case.
I will be taking some better pictures of my friends build sometime next week cause we're going on new years trip tomorrow and won't be back until like Saturday or Sunday then I got work but I'll make sure to get so more pictures and better quality ones because my phone camera is a pos.