I spent months researching what I found to be the best ratio of performance/price/futurability. I also wanted to buy what was aesthetically pleasing. All said and done, I couldn't be happier. Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions.
My uses are pretty much gaming and typical browsing. Not any video editing or hardcore processing.
I did a bunch of research about if it was worth it to go to Skylake. No argument in my opinion, it seemed like the best decision was to go newest generation. As far as the i5 vs i7 debate goes, yes obviously the i7 is far superior is many ways, but it all depends on the needs. My needs are for gaming and typical browsing. The i5 6600K is more than enough for my purposes. Plus the benchmarks showed video editing is not going to be a bad experience. It's a good card. The reason I picked the K is because I think it just makes sense to spend the extra $20 to be able to overclock it with no issues. I read the articles, people are frequently getting 4.6ghz with just a typical air cooler.
That leads me to the cooler. Every person on this entire planet building a PC for the 1st or 100th time has heard of the Hyper 212 Evo. If you're like me, you heard about it at first and then made your mind up and stopped researching further because it was so highly rated. It was sold out though, so I gave up waiting and researched further and stumbled across the reviews of the Cryorig H7. Much to my surprise it outperforms the Hyper 212 Evo in like every single way, looks WAY better in the case, and is $5-$10 more. Had to snag it off Newegg making it one of only 3 items not purchased on BestBuy.
I spent weeks flopping back and forth between motherboards. Finally got the balls to just make a decision and quit being indecisive. This motherboard is beautiful, it is socket 1151, USB 3.1 support, and it has a bunch of bells and whistles I'll never even use, and it has the optical input thing for audio which is nice. Most importantly I get the overclocking ability for the i5 6600K. I don't need the SLI support. And to those who debate between brands, in my opinion it seems that nowadays a large majority of reputable builders agree that MSI vs Asus vs Asrock vs Gigabyte blah blah, they're all fine, so I grabbed the best priced one with the features I wanted. Forgot to mention BestBuy had it listed for like $165.00, so it was a great price match to Newegg.
Great choice for DDR4 ram. Corsair Vengeance is one of the better available and especially at 2666 Ghz.
Plenty of builds you see where people have 4-5 HDD's and 3 SSD's and I guess I just don't understand the point? Maybe I just don't store as many files. A lot of people and websites recommended the whole "get a HDD for your main storage and a SSD for your OS and important files." Why? My logic is for the same price I got 500GB of like the best SSD recommended. Personally, I won't reach that many GB of files for years. Not to mention I can purchase another SSD when the time comes, if it comes.
First off, research will revealed the GTX 970 is the best value graphics card from Nvidia. I'm biased to Nvidia because of the reviews and my friends. Also, the whole 3.5GB of Vram instead of 4GB seemed to me to not matter at all. I heard no complaints from actual users. Next, BestBuy was very limited with their choices of 970's being sold by the store and not the marketplace, so the MSI Twin Frozr V version was the only one I saw with a nice factory overclock and for the lower price. It seemed to surpass the EVGA and Zotac in performance and maybe even others but I didn't look much further. For the price difference especially, it was an easy choice.
I searched for a while on cases. This is the one part of everyone's build that I think is going to make the least impact on anything and pretty much comes down to preference and affordability. Personally, I knew a few things right off the bat - don't want a full tower, don't want a tower that looks like a giant black box, and don't want a tower that looks cheap and/or gamerish - I wanted something classy, or 'business casual.' And no use for a 5.25" drive really. White seemed cool but always had a cheaper look to it (imo) and many of the other cases just looked plain ugly or became huge black boxes again. Other times they'd have windows that only showed half the internals, or maybe they were angled or slanted weird. My first choice was the NZXT S340, but finally I came across the 400C and just couldn't believe my eyes. The panoramic window is awesome, the side door opening with a latch is even better, and it is the small size I want. Worth the extra $30.
By far the most overlooked part of anyone's build. I thought about it logically and knew if I bought the better one now, it will last me for years to come and I will continue to reap the benefits of the better efficiency and cooling. This is a tier 1 power supply and was on the top of the list for recommended, so it was an easy decision when I saw the deal. I got this thing for the same price as a 750 watt bronze power supply and sometimes even worse ones. Probably my favorite find of this build, honestly. Very quiet and came with high quality cables.