Hello Everyone, first of all I'd like to thank everyone on PCPP for all the help and posts as over the last year it allowed me to piece my rig and have some of the best times I've had. I have always been a console gamer and a mac owner with some windows laptops mixed in but nothing that could handle games in an enjoyable manner. I decided that instead of just upgrading to new consoles I was going to go the PC route as it would be dual function for both gaming and productivity and I could eventually do VR as well. All the parts I selected were based on posted builds and research. At first I tried for a super budget rig but ended up making two systems one for myself and another with my 8-year-old, as building really peaked his interest. I have listed some of the parts below and a brief description in hopes of helping the next person as well.
Displays: 3 Dell S2316M & LG 29UM58 (Ultra wide) I was originally looking at ASUS for their PG348Q display but I saw a good amount of review complaining about light bleed and quality control issues and then came across a press release for a 4k 144HZ IPS display with HDR being released later this summer. So, I decided that I would wait for that and get something cheap in the interim. I found the Dells on sale and picked up the two they had in stock. I work on dual monitors and new that I wanted to implement the same at home. I then came across the LG on sale and picked it up for a center monitor which is great for single screen use but NVIDIA does not like different displays for gaming uses so I purchased a third dell and will be using the ultrawide on top as soon as I can find an arm that gives me the clearance I need. Gaming on multiple screens is awesome and supper immersive so I might have an issue upgrading to the new ASUS display later on.
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32GB Kit I initially started with HyperX 8GB kit from the initial build that turned into its own thing and it was just not enough for everything that was running. The CAM software that controls the NZXT components is a resource hog so I decided to go a bit over kill and choose the Dominator kit.
Storage: Samsung 850 250GB SSD / Western Digital Black 1TB When I went to purchase the drives, I was originally heading towards an m.2 drive and a caviar blue but the two I ended up with were on sale for awesome deals and I adjusted a bit for the time being. Currently I am just gaming so there is no issue with space but as I bring personal files I will be expanding with more budget oriented option.
Peripherals: I went through quite a bit of back and forth deciding on the KB and mouse. I was dead set on the G910 as my set up is in the living room and I did not want some too eccentric and have been really happy with the choice. I was also set on the G900 Chaos Spectrum but tried out the G602 and fell in love with it and used the savings to Pick up the G13 which is working better than the keyboard for me but I am still getting used to (I miss my controllers sometimes but FPS are much better with a mouse).
All the other items are just personal choices that helped make the build easier or helped with aesthetics and do not need much of a review but if anyone has questions I would be glad to answer them.
i5 6600K This was a great purchase to help keep cost down as it has handled all the games I have thrown at it without any issues. I read up on over clocking and messed around a bit but ultimately deferred to the motherboards overclocking utility for simplicity.
Kraken X62 Great looking cooler keeps temps low even under load from the results I've compared on forums. There are plenty of other options for performance but I do believe this takes it in the looks department.
Gigabyte Gaming 7 This is a great board full of awesome features with nice aesthetics with one major flaw in the audio department. The on-board audio is not properly shielded causing quite a bit of EMI to bleed through on the front headphone header. Tried two completely different cases and the issue persisted, unfortunately this is a documented issue for this board but the rear panel does not have this issue. Other than that it is a solid board if you find it on sale. If I ever have to replace it, I might go MSI however as their utilities seem a bit more polished.
EVGA 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 When I made this selection, I was still undecided if I wanted to do 4k Gaming or multi display gaming. 1440p gaming was resolved by default. I read multiple instances of EVGA having awesome customer service and that was my deciding factor on choosing the card as it seems most 1080s perform the similar to each other. On a plus side they also have a step-up program that lets you pay the difference if a new revision or new card comes out. For me it was the ICX cooler 3 weeks after purchase and then the 1080TI. I will be upgrading to the TI model because the price is pretty negligible for what I paid for the regular 1080 and it gives me a bit of future proofing still.
NZXT H440 White The case was awesome to work with, plenty of space for wire management, did not have to remove bays for the GPU and its pretty easy to keep clean. The one downfall is the window; it is super easy to scuff and it is a dirt magnet. There are some third-party vendors that sell a glass replacement that I might be switching to in the future.
Wireless Network Adapter
Gigabyte GC-WB867D My board did not have built in WiFi and I wanted Bluetooth as well so this was the best of both worlds. It was a pain to find it in stock but well worth the hassle.
NZXT AER The RGB is nice and they are also quiet from what I can tell as well. I was hoping that I could get a nice glow from the front fans but it did not work as well as I thought if the room is not dark.
Best sounding headphones I've ever had and nothing compares in regards to comfort.