This is my 2nd build. While all pieces where obtained slowly since my last build, It truly feels like a different build all together. My reasons for choosing each piece is as follows:
CPU: The i7 line is extremely OP. Moving from an air cooled AMD FX to a water cooled i7 is a big leap. Went with the K edition to overclock the processor.
CPU Cooler: I needed an AIO Cooler, and the H100i was the one that caught my attention. This little guy pumps so good my cpu OC at 4.7Ghz is kept at roughly 20-30 degrees Celsius at idle and barely climbs when under load. Also used a set of 2 SP120 fans instead of the default fans, to give it that nice blue looks
Motherboard: This was a tough choice for me. I wanted a not so expensive Z170 Motherboard that had both SLI and CrossFire X, in case I ever wanted to switch to either multi-GPU setup. This motherboard is cool, although I wish it was in Blue like the 990FX series the manufacture also has.
RAM: Needed DDR4 RAM for my new motherboard. Wanted a stick of RAM that had LED's on it. Avexir delivered, and I only wish that the LED's effects could be customized.
HDD: I may get some flack for having a laptop hybrid drive and a laptop drive in my system, but it's a long story. The Barracuda HDD houses all my games, as the hybrid drive runs only at 5400 RPM, while that hybrid drive has my OS and other applications. May consider getting an SSD in a few years.
GPU: Really wanted an R9 380X for my build. The ASUS Strix series is a really amazing looking set of GPU's that run with both the R9 300 series and the GTX 900 series.
Case: I originally picked this case for it's nice look and AIO cooler compatibility. I now know that the actually H100i can't fit into the top mounting area natively , as in the H100i doesn't fit into the mounting holes for said coolers. I honestly wouldn't recommend this case if you're gonna use an H100i.
PSU: My build has a theme of blue lighting. This power supply is good for my 1 (soon to be 2) ASUS Strix R9 380X GPU. The semi-modular PSU helps to limit the cable management I need to do (although I'm not that good at cable management)
Optical Drive: Needed a fast SATA DVD drive. I got it
OS: Windows. I have used Windows all my life. IDK if I'll ever switch over to Linux.
Wi-Fi Adapter: Currently, I don't have LAN running into my room (but soon, I will). So for now, this good little dual band Wi-Fi adapter helps get internet into my PC, and it works well.
Case Fans: 1 AF fan for exhaust and 2 SP fans (1 in the front, 1 on the bottom). Brings lots of cold air into my PC very effectively.
Monitor: I wanted a 144hz monitor for low input lag and gaming at a smooth 144hz. Sure, the colors are off, but I went from a TN panel monitor from 2010 to this monitor, and I love it.