This is what has become of my first PC I built November last year. It has been a work in progress since then but I am finally happy with the end product.
i7 6700K The only skylake options when I build my PC were the 6600K or the 6700K, so I didn't have as much choice as I would now. I chose the 6700K for the higher base clock as well as the hyperthreading. May not make a huge difference for gaming, however I do encode video every now and then.
Kraken X61 It was either this or the H100i GTX for me. I went with NZXT because I think it looks quite a lot better, and is the only 280mm rad cooler that fits in my NZXT case perfectly.
Maximus VIII Hero Again, didn't have much choice at the time of building my rig when it came to motherboards. This one had all tyhe features I was after at a reasonable price point. The red colour scheme is the only thing that doesn't fit my build, but eventually I am going to replace the red stickers with white ones so it looks a bit cleaner. There were two white motherboards available at the time, the Z170-A, which I avoided because of the brown PCB, and the Z170 Deluxe, which was simply too expensive for a motherboard imo.
16 GB HyperX Fury DDR4 What can I say? It's really good looking ram. I got 16GB in two 8GB sticks for if I ever want to upgrade, but 16GB seems like the new sweet spot for ram.
500GB 850 EVO One of the best SSDs on the market. Looks really good for display in my case too. I have it as my boot drive, as well as install all my games and programs on it.
2TB WD Black It's a really good HDD, 2TB is enough for all of my files for the time being.
Gigabyte GTX 970 Good graphics card for the money, over 6 months was way too long to wait for pascal. It gets over 144 fps on the games I play competitively, however I'm probably going to upgrade to the 1070 at the end of the year to bump up the settings a bit and get ready for 1440p.
NZXT S340 Really clean looking case, and small enough for it to not be intrusive on my desk . I was originally going to get a H440, but it looks like a fridge.
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W It's modular and efficient. Much better value for money then with Corsair power supplies.
BenQ XL2430T High refresh rate, low response time. I'm sure colours look better with an IPS panel, but at this point in time, 144Hz IPS monitors are way too expensive.
K70 RGB Best keyboard you can buy. Everything about it is amazing. Shame I got the old logo.
Razer Deathadder I'm not fond of Razer, but I love this mouse.
Sennheiser HD598SE I used to have a Logitech G430 gaming headset, but after to using these I can never go back. Real headphones > gaming headsets any day. I use an Antlion ModMic 4.0 for in game comms.
Ergotech Freedom Arm The stand that comes with the XL2430T looks like crap. I decided to go with a monitor arm. The freedom arm looks great and is easy to use. It's pretty cool sitting in front of the monitor because it appears to be floating in midair.
Cablemod Sleeved Cables If you don't have some of these and you have a windowed case, get them, because they look sexy.
Thanks for checking out my build!