So for some background, I am a computer science major in my sophomore year of college. Last year I decided that it was time for me to enter the world of custom PCs and I dedicated my summer to building my computer. The budget started off at $800....that didn't last long at all. Once I started doing the research it became clear to me that I might as well build it right...so to the best of my ability that is exactly what I did. It's not done yet as there are still some upgrades I would like to make but man do I love my computer.
CPU The i7-6700K is an amazing CPU. I decided to go with an unlocked version just in case I ever feel the desire to overclock (to this day I have had no such desire). I actually originally bought the locked version but a week later the unlocked version went on sale at Newegg, so I returned it for the K version.
CPU COOLER I knew I wanted to water cool the computer off the bat. While there are some 'cool' air coolers, in order to get the performance you need to get one of those HUGE fans and that was not something that looked good to me. I also wanted something a little different from the standard Corsair H series or the NZXT Kraken. When I found the Deepcool Captain, I really liked the design and I have to say it is a little different then what you normally see. I waited around for the EX version to be dropped and I love it so much. The red effect is really cool. Only con - I wish there was software that went along with it to control the LED and also monitor temps and whatnot. The decision to do a closed loop system vs a custom loop was hard for me but I figured I would do this for now and in the future I am going to upgrade to a custom water cooling system.
MOTHERBOARD I went with a Gigabyte mobo because it is my intention to make this into a Hackintosh as soon as the Pascal drivers are released. It was pretty well documented that Gigabyte makes the best boards for this so I went with one. I like the look of the Gaming-5 a lot and that was the main consideration for me tbh. I did have a problem with the board where I could only install RAM in one slot but after a pretty simple RMA that was fixed (thanks, Newegg).
MEMORY Loved the look of the G.SKILL Ripjaws V series and heard good things about them. Probably not as good as the higher end models but for the price, cant beat it.
VIDEO CARD The GPU was definitely what took the most consideration. I am not a hardcore gamer by any means but I also didn't want my high-end build to be bottlenecked by an old GPU. Was planning on getting a 970 but when the 1080/1070 was announced I knew I had to wait. Preordered the GTX 1070 when it dropped and after a few weeks, I had one. I love the look of the MSI Gaming X series a lot and for my needs, it is literally the perfect card.
CASE I LOVE this case so much. I fell in love with the old windowed version after watching a Hardware Canucks youtube video where the guy was suing one. Literally the next week I found out that Phanteks just released the Tempered Glass version and it just looks so sexy. I cannot praise Phanteks products enough. Everything that could be in this case is there and everything is such high quality. I have yet to find anything made of plastic which is a HUGE plus for me as plastic is something I didn't like a lot of other cases I was considering. It is such a spacious case and has room for anything I want to do (like add a custom water loop which is happening soon). Anyway, I love everything about this case.
PSU Not really sure what to say about the PSU but it does its job perfectly and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone.
MONITOR The monitor was an impulse buy but it really is awesome. The curved screen was something I fell ion love with right away. I literally cannot go bak to using a flat monitor after this. Definitely wish I got an ultra wide but this monitor is still something amazing.
Hope everyone enjoys!