Hello everyone! Let me just say, this is my first PC build and it definitely won't be my last. Who knew it could be so fun? Stressful... but fun. Where I come from, cost of hardware is very high and the local PC shops bring in very limited models, thus I had to make a few sacrifices and settle with the things/specs I need, not want. The PC is mainly for gaming/recording music/video and music editing.
Case: It just had to be white to go with the theme of my bedroom but it was a tie between this and the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (White). After reading many reviews, I decided to go with the H440. The design is clean and elegant. Cable management was also a breeze.
Motherboard: As mentioned, I settled with what I needed, not what I wanted. It's simple, easy to work with if I ever want to overclock.
CPU: I had to go with an i5-6500 even though I wanted a i7-6700k BADLY but it costs 500 bucks! It's working well so far, and I'm able to run most of my games at ultra settings while recording the gameplay with no issues. If non-k OC gets banned, then I'm screwed.
CPU Cooler: It was either this or Cryorig H7. Went ahead with this, basically due to aesthetic reasons (heh) and there isn't a lot of price difference. I was able to get a few bucks off (Amazon promo thingy). It's quiet and GORGEOUS. The idea of a liquid cooling solution is tempting but being a beginner, I'm afraid my butterfingers will mess the whole system up and not able to cope with leaks/maintenance, etc.
RAM: Got 16GB for the ease of editing/rendering. It did not take up a lot of space, which is perfect, just nice to make way for the CPU cooler.
GPU (with custom mod): I went through SO many youtube videos for this and settled for a 970. MSI has superb customer service and their products have never let me down. Did a little customisation by painting the red parts of the GPU white without actually peeling off the warranty sticker. It was cumbersome but hey, there's no way in hell that I want the warranty voided. It is the most expensive component of this build afterall at 600 bucks faint
PSU: Superflower Leadex Platinum 550w. I've gotten a lot of questions on why I didn't select at least a 650w one, but I'm a working + studying adult, with many responsibilities and a big fat burden on my shoulders. Bottomline is, I'm on my computer only a few hours a day. 550w should suffice. I'll bear in mind to upgrade this when the time comes.
OS: Just went with the cheapest and value-for-money OS my local PC store can offer.
Storage: 1 SSD - The main OS drive, main documents/apps, games, etc. 1 SSD - Videos. 1 HDD - Old games/photos/school/business/work-related documents/shtuff
Fans: Case itself comes with 3 fans (front). I added one 140mm at the back and two 120mm ones at the top. Airflow: Cool air comes from the front bottom, and the hot air rises and exits from the back/top.
Maybe it's because I'm really smart, or maybe it's just that I'm lucky that everything worked perfectly on the first assembly/try. 100% positive it's the latter. I'm already planning my next build for my dad.
Infinite thanks to the PCPartpicker folks for helping this indecisive novice out, and giving plenty of suggestions and advice. Appreciate it!