Well, this is my 3rd build and figured I'd go ahead and post it on here since I come here to see builds or guides for me to follow. I apologize for not taking any pics during the build phase but since I was reusing a lot of parts, I just skipped on that. I'm coming from an ITX build that I just couldn't stand. Kind of ironic because my 1st build was in an air 540 that I grew tired of being too big. I'm hoping this will be the Goldilocks, or a compromise. This is just a luxury PC, no real work use for me. I 'd say I use it about 70% gaming and 30% browser, youtube, hulu, etc.
CPU: I salvaged this from my ITX build. I can get 4.5 no problem using the mobo's built in OC software. Honestly part of me wanted to go 5930k because I may decide to go multi GPU this fall with Polaris/Pascal. But this CPU does get the job done very well.
CPU Cooler: My first AiO. I twisted my pipes and have the block upside down but was the only way I could get the window shut without the hoses touching it or else bending too hard at the block or radiator.
Mobo: I've only used GIGABYTE and haven't had any trouble so I have not fixed what wasn't broken. Simple interface and a fair price considering the features.
RAM: 32GB may be overkill but with some games recommending 16, I figured I'd go ahead and double up to be covered for a few years.
SSD and HDD: The Samsung is my main OS and boots up in a flash. I have crappy internet ( <1.5 DSL) so I needed a massive bulk drive to store all my games. I actually read that Mushkin is coming out with 4TB SSD this fall for $500 and may end up grabbing one to replace the spinning disc.
GPU: She takes care of me. But with Pascal/Polaris coming up soon, I fear I will have to leave this dear friend of mine behind, or on EBAY.
Case: Simply, put I love it. My first build was its big brother, the Air 540. I loved the style and ease of installation it provided, but grew to resent the footprint it had. It was bigger than my mini fridge. It grew to a point where I said no longer and went extremely in the other direction to the RVZ02, an ITX case. But I grew tired of the restrictions of ITX and picked this case up. Its fairly small with great airflow and allows for a few upgrades if you choose to use them.
PSU: Overkill. I admit it. I had a 850 watt that was 4 years old and decided I'd get a 1000 so that if I went multi GPU later on, that I'd be covered. Well I got this baby for 160 shipped which was cheaper/ same price as the 1000.
Windows 10: Well, I wasn't about to go LINUX. Besides it really is a wonderful OS.
All the fans are what my friends or I had laying around except for the Silverstones. Actually had to order them because they are 120mm that fit underneath an mAtx board in this case.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment. Oh, I'm also in the process of getting a monitor so if you have an opinion or experience on 3440x1440p@100hz vs 4k@60hz, please give me your two cents, I'd love to hear it.