I have upgraded/updated this build HERE.
After 2 years with my old i5/970 rig (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/zWd6Mp), I decided it was time for a change.
I wanted a PC that could play games at 1080p, be powerful enough to handle video editing and photoshop work quickly and efficiently, and I wanted to have more "umph" to do more game streaming.
I included all my shipping/sales tax in the price for each component.
CPU: Went with the 6700K for 3 reasons. Overclocking, Hyperthreading and Speed. This is more than enough to handle my games, but the hyperthreading will make streaming much easier on the system and will also make video editing a breeze.
GPU: The 1060 is just what I need. Gaming at 1080p, a 1070 would not be used to its full potential. And with the pricing on the 1070 being what it is, the 1060 seems to fill the gap where the old 970 used to sit. (IMO) Don't worry, Mine has had the thermal pad mod and has had the bios updated to fix the overheating issues. Idles around 40C and hovers around 68 - 70C under load.
MOBO: Had a hard time finding a well priced MicroATX board that is Z170. the Z270 had just come out and at the time I was buying, there were not many available. I went with good old reliable ASUS. This board just barely has what I need. I went with mATX to allow for proper fan installation in the bottom of my case.
CASE: The In Win 303 is such good value. You get the tempered glass panel, lots of space for good airflow, and the steel that is used is thick and strong. I also like the way they handle having the PSU in an "attic" and having it be a part of the systems airflow. My only complaints are that cable management can be a pain, fan istall on the bottom can be troublesome if you have a full ATX board, and the cable routing holes seem to be oddly placed.
STORAGE: Went with an M.2 SSD for my boot drive and then pulled my 480gb SSD and 1tb drives from my old rig (hence why those prices are not accounted for in my build list).
PSU: Love EVGA PSUs. I have used them in all of my builds and have never had one fail on me. 750W may be a little overkill for a single GPU setup, but I wanted to have a bit more head room for overclocking and for the accessory lighting.
LIGHTING: The NZXT Hue+ is so simple to set up and easy to configure. Allows me to make this build pop. The Aer RGB fans are some of the best looking RGB fans and also do a great job pushing air out of the case. They may be a little louder than some of the more pressure optimized fans you can buy, but these do the job pretty well and look great doing it.