Edit: 11 March I did some tidying in the case today while I was planning placement for V2.0 of this build, seen in images 2,3, & 4
Edit: 10 March I've decided to max out what I have available with the case and motherboard. I should have known that this would happen, as it always does with building and modifying things. The exception will be that as of right now I will not be buying an aftermarket card with a GPU cooler already attached IE: 980ti hybrid.
I'll be posting a revised build once everything is done - the goal will be maxed out, or near maxed out, graphic settings in current games @1440P, fast rendering times in AE, ID and PS, and an overall fun machine that will be fairly future resistant.
Edit: 4 March Uploaded a few more photos, if there is anything specific you'd like to see let me know.
I did a little more cable tidying and rotated the corsair heatsink (which allowed better tidying). I also picked up a keyboard and mouse for about as much as I will ever spend on those two items, haha.
Next up is deciding on the 1440p display - I think with GSync i'll be able to run most titles at acceptable frame rates, even if settings are not completely maxed out.
As of right now the OC is working well
Edit: 3 March Sorry, no photos tonight - I got home a little too late and dont have adequate ambient lighting for clear photos without throwing floodlights in here.
I did manually OC @ 4.4ghz with 1.35v per the oc.net skylake oc thread, and this is likely as far as I think i'll go. I will lower the V as much as possible, though.
I have wanted a good desktop for many years now, but have always done well with a "gaming" laptop in the mid-late 00's and recently a Surface Pro 3.
After browsing the likes of ibuypower, cyberpower, alienware, and such, and having seen a few of the Maximum PC builds I finally pulled the trigger. I was originally suggested to look at the MxPC stuff about 3 years ago but the time was never right for me to just up and spend money on a "fun" PC.
I saw one of said Maximum builds towards the end of 2015 and decided that was the way I wanted to go.
Having never built a computer before it took me far longer than I originally anticipated, but if working on cars taught be anything it's plan for double the time.
I ordered everything on the 25th, originally ordering a 5820K. Yeah, good job. Once I realized the chipset differences with the motherboard I hemmed and hawd over getting the only X99 mobo (ASRock itx) available, but decided I didn't need the benefits the 5820k brought, got the RMA started and ordered the i7-6700k. Yay.
I chose the GTX970 SSC over a 980 flavor to keep cost down, I can always upgrade that later on down the road as needed. After reading reviews I feel comfortable with the CPU being OC'd to 4.5ghz and running 2k resolution, time will tell.
Last night I buttoned everything up, did a brief smoke test and acclimated to the bios environment, and today i'll be installing windows and the required drivers for the components. I will say the cable length for this PSU had me concerned about routing issues, but I think I did alright after all.
I'm very excited to have done this and can't wait to use it to its potential.