This build is the follow up to my previous build. While the previous build was a decent budget system, it was budget in both components and appearance. Deciding to sell the previous build as a complete system for the sake of convenience meant the opportunity to start fresh, allowing me to create a build using some of my all-time favorite components, namely the case and cooler. Interestingly this build started as an exercise in creating the smallest possible or a console-size build, but realizing the limitations that would impose in terms of component selection the multiple build iterations eventually worked up to a full-size ATX build, allowing the selection of one of MSI’s superb looking motherboards to fill the inside of the handsome NZXT S340 case. Building in this case was a breeze compared to the previous budget case, notably with its plentiful cable management hooks and general easy access.
Although originally planned as a Ryzen build, I couldn't get the Ryzen 5 1500X to work with the previously selected MSI AM4 motherboard (this was back shortly after the launch of AM4) so out of frustration I returned the components and converted the system to Intel, choosing the Core i5 7600K allowing for a near 30% increase in performance over both the aforementioned Ryzen 5 1500X and the previous build's Core i5 6500. Purchasing a processor without an included heatsink meant selecting an aftermarket cooler, and as the last component purchased the Kraken x62 was chosen to finish off the build's premium appearance. I originally had planned to use Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM but bought the higher-end Dominator Platinum when it was temporarily available on Amazon for a surprisingly good price (it had since gone back up on Amazon to $101). I had planned to install a second set at a later point but unfortunately there is not enough clearance for the height of the RAM heat spreaders due to the cooler hose mounting point on the cooler block.
The SK hynix SSD for system storage was to try what looks to be a decent brand, and the Toshiba P300 1TB HDD serves as games and videos storage. The SeaSonic fully modular power supply was purchased on sale and after $20 mail in rebate for $34, and while I had previously maintained the notion that having a fully modular power supply as opposed to a semi-modular one is not completely necessary I did not mind not having to mess with the power cables in the way during installation. And the RX580 was purchased on a whim last-moment as it briefly was in-stock at Newegg during the GPU-pocalypse when this was still planned as an all-AMD build. I had never considered PowerColor before but I do like that it has an attractive backplate and the card works fine, however the fans are quite noisy when the card is under load (it sounds like the entire system is getting ready for take-off to be honest!).
• Installed a second hard drive, the Seagate Barracuda 2TB, for additional storage and backup purposes
• Installed the NZXT Hue+ to add some lighting to the case (originally was just going to get some bare-bones light strips, but after realizing I'd need a controller anyway due to the motherboard's lack of a lighting header I decided on the Hue+ plus as it came with the light strips and fills the second SSD space)
• I did install a Molex-to-SATA converter so I could run the above mentioned Hue+ off SATA power, while also plugging the case fans into the motherboard's fan headers so I could remove the Molex power cable
• Uploaded much less terrible pictures (hooray for natural lighting!)
• Photo showing overall setup. For those who are interested, the monitor is a Asus VG245H (with FreeSync), Corsair K55 keyboard, and Corsair Harpoon mouse, all purchased at Best Buy)
CPU is overclocked to 4.2 GHz, memory is overclocked to 3200 MHz, and GPU is running stock settings