Until now my Girlfriend has been using my old MSI gaming laptop running on a slightly scorched GeForce 570M (I had to short some burned out capacitors to make it work again - do not try that at home).
She is a sporadic gamer. However, she loves Mass Effect 2 and 3. She was devastated, when she learned that ME:Andromeda will barely work on her hand-me-down setup.
I was tasked with building a pretty, not too girly PC that she could put on her desk and have some fun. It had to be quiet, efficient, future-proof and quite compact.
While we were looking for a case (the longest stage of the part picking), she instantly fell in love with a white NZXT Manta case. To make the insides of the case more appealing (and compliment ASUS Aura: both on the board and the graphics card), I've added a BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 RGB LED strip. I've also decided to get some custom cables and cable combs from ModKit, to match the general black/white scheme. Small 3mm acrylic combs were of great help.
As for the Kraken X62, I've removed the stock thermal solution and used Prolimatech PK-3, in my opinion next best thing to the liquid metal TIM.
As for the monitor, I've opted out for a G-Sync-less, 144Hz monitor from Acer - it requires some colour calibration to get rid of the reddish defaults, but otherwise it's the best value 1080p gaming monitor I could find.
I could drone on about the build, but rather than that, I'd like to list the remarks I had while tinkering:
Kraken X62 fits into Manta in both positions, but the top one is a PIA to mount and the braided tubes are always in the way, so front mounting is a smarter option.
ASUS Strix Z270I does not have an USB 2.0 header, so when mounting an AIO that requires it (like the Kraken), one has to get a short mini-USB cable, route it outside, and stick it in one of the four back slots. (myself, I've dremmeled out a little hole at the top - see pics).
If you're getting a low-profile memory, you can get away with mounting the Kraken's pump so the logo is horizontal. If you're getting some tall DDR4, the tubing will not fit unless you turn the pump/waterblock unit by 90degrees.
The motherboard is one of very few, that can handle XMP profiles of over 4000MHz on DDR4, and getting a stable 5GHz on a 7600K is a breeze. Great OC potential, worthy of ASUS Apex motherboard.
It's better to mount the top 120mm fans (that you get with the case) on the outside of the case if you're using a 280mm AIO CPU cooler through the front - helps in concealing the tubes.
The behind-the-board cable management is optional - the amount of cable space through the back is astounding and makes you lazy.
At the end of the day, the Girlfriend is through the roof about the build, colour customisation, and sheer power of her first gaming PC. So am I.
Great board with an overclocking potential of the much larger, and more expensive Apex. No USB 2.0 header for your AIO, but otherwise an absolute gem.
A true pleasure to work with. Astounding amounts of space for cable management. Sound dampened panels and exquisite looks make it an on-the-desk case. It would be wasted staying on the floor.