First bulid of Life.
my 8 yr old Dell Studio was getting too old.
I decided to build on my own for the first time.
Did market search over 6 months, made myself familiar with what are hot on current trend.
Started X99 build first then Z170 dropped in price around Black Friday.
Case: This kickstarted my build when I saw crazy deal on Newegg. This case is living breather. Supplies tremendous amount of airflow for ITX build. Only Con is that it is too round and fat. I personally prefer thin and tall case for saving spaces. Other than that, this is a great buy for the price. AIRFLOW!
MoBo: soon after I grabbed case, there was Newegg + AMEX deal poped out. made this Mobo + RAM purchase cheap. special pro on this MoBo is onboard WiFi. and Killer Ethernet is indeed killing fast. Cool LED ambient light. Con is that BIOS is such a poor designed.
RAM: DDR4 with decent price for good brand. nothing special.
CPU: once I ordered MoBo & RAM, I ran to Microcenter and grabbed Skylake 6600k. couldve gone to non-OCed but for future proofing, I spent extra even though I don't intend any OC in near future.
Cooler: I initially bought Hyper 212 Evo without research. ended up RMA since it didnt fit the case by couple mm. then just grabbed H50 for cheap priced liquid cooler.
PSU: I tried re-use my old PSU from old desktop. the PSU was not full modular and was just not right for this small build. so I just got best rated/decent priced PSU from Newegg.
M.2: This was never in my shopping list. but $100 off deal was just too good to pass. I did quite a few research due to heat issue and my build gives ZERO airflow backside of MoBo (being sided with PSU). I took my chance and running just fine now. Data Migration and Installation were very flawless. Thanks to good utility program.
GPU: This was also not on my list at all. Especially, my old GTS 450 was just doing fine for LoL, HOTS, and etc. but I was feeling down day by day when I see myself playing with my brand new rig with lowest setting. I started looking around for GTX 970/960 then 980ti popped with a great deal. Afterall, 980ti will just be enough of future proofing with my other parts.