After using Dell pre-builts my entire life, i finally decided it was time to build my own PC when intel released their new skylake architecture and i was due for an upgrade. This PC buid is going to be used for mild gaming and media consumption. Yes, many of the parts are overkill for my needs but i've been using a first generation i7 and AMD Radeon 5450 pukes for years now so i think i deserve to indulge a bit.
CPU i7-6700K: Planning to purchase a Pascal NVIDIA GPU when they become available and don't want CPU throttling to be a potential issue. This CPU runs at a constant 25-30 degrees under moderate load but right now i do not have it overclocked.
CPU Cooler: My first regret. Got this cooler for a slick deal during newegg's boxing day sale but it runs louder than i expected. If i were to build this PC again, i would have gone with the Corsair H110i GTX. My case has more than enough room to accommodate it and it is known to run quieter than the 100i. For only $30 more at the time i believe it would've been worth it.
Motherboard: My initial plans were to use the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII but i missed it on sale. The price was also obviously inflated due to the CAD dollar difference so i decided to go with the Z170 Deluxe. The price was closer to suggested MSRP and for a bit more you get all USB 3.1 rear IO's, better heatsink assembly, and slicker aesthetics imo.
RAM: The G.Skill TridentZ caught my eye the first time i looked at it. Not only is it priced very well for the clock speeds your getting (I opted for 3200mhz), but aesthetically it looks amazing. However, I removed the red plastic strips because it did not go with my build. I Also paid about 20 dollars more to get the model with lower CAS latency and timings. The low profile heat spreaders are also a major + when it comes to radiator clearance which for my case, was important.
Storage: Picked up the Samsung 850 and WD Blue drives for a great price on boxing day. I've had no problems with them yet but i do plan on getting a Samsung 950 NVME drive later on. I have my SSD configured as my boot drive and the WD as mass storage.
PSU: Went with the EVGA 750 G2 because again, great price on boxing day. The G2 series is actually manufactured by SUPERFLOWER which, if you haven't heard, is an amazing PSU company. I recently saw the 750 P2 for a good price so feeling a little bit of buyers remorse there but still a great PSU. Kudos to EVGA for the exceptional packaging job and accessories this thing included. Which other company includes a carrying case for a power supply! The included tester was also a useful addition.
Case: Spent way more than i intended on this. My original plan was to use the Phanteks Enthoo Pro but dammit Amazon once i saw the all aluminum Enthoo Evolv ATX in Anthracite Grey there was no going back. The internal layout of this thing makes building and cable management incredibly easy especially with the radiator pull out tray on the top. Front and bottom fans also include filters which are easy to remove and clean. My favorite thing about this case, aside from the all aluminum build, is the large acrylic window that looks amazing and provides a great view of your PCs innards. Paired with some cheap 15 dollar LED Strips from DeepCool this things a stunner. My only gripe is the 3 included 140mm stock fans. Definitely planning to grab some noctua's to shut this thing up.
GPU: Planning on getting a PASCAL NVIDIA GPU as soon as they become available. I dont see the point in buying a 980ti at this point in it's life cycle when newer architecture is a few months away. I'm not a huge gamer so i don't mind the wait.
Monitor: Initially I REALLY wanted an ACER Predator Ultrawide but for 1900 CAD i could not justify the purchase. Instead, i managed to snag the Dell u3415w for just under 1000 after tax. It has the same resolution and uses the same LG panel as the predator and can be overclocked to 75 hertz. It lacks Freesync or G-SYNC but those only really make a difference when your using a low frame rate card on high refresh monitor. Since i plan on getting a pascal GPU frame rate shouldn't be an issue at 1440p and therefore getting GSYNC for 900 dollars more would make a minimal difference.