This is my first Build. I apologize for the lack of good pictures. I will upload more soon.
CPU: I wanted a processor that was excessive for my purposes (mainly gaming). One of my main goals with this PC was to leave room for upgrading with time as opposed to building a new PC when these specs start to not meet my performance desires. The i7-6700K was the ultimate reasonable solution to this for me.
CPU Cooler: Great price. Works great. CPU never gets very hot even under load.
Motherboard: Had 3 PCI slots to give me options even though I'm only using one right now. Had good reviews and the right ports.
Memory: I have an irrational distrust for G.Skill Memory. Didn't need to overclock as RAM is under optimized in Windows and won't be my limiting factor anyways.
SSD and HDD: Is about twice as much space as I need and once loaded I created an image on an external drive so I don't need to use any of the internal storage for backups.
Video Card: Prices on the R9 390's and GTX 970 just dropped thanks to the release of the GTX 1070 and 1080. I chose to go with the R9 instead of the GTX970 because from time to time I hook up to a 4K Ultra screen and play games with friends from the couch. Benchmarks show that while the overall performance of those two cards are similar and the GTX 970 is sometimes faster, the R9 is better at handling 4K. So far, it has crushed everything I've tried to play on it with maxed out settings, so I'm very happy with it.
Case: This case is absolutely enormous and very heavy. Now that I have built one, I may try to build something smaller for my wife (who now wants a computer). However, with the size comes a number of benefits. Cable management was made very easy and the padding on the walls keeps the computer very quite.
Power Supply: PCPP told me the computer would need like 400 or 450 watts or something (I don't remember exactly) so I decided to just over double the amount in my power supply so that I would have no trouble upgrading other parts in the future or even potentially running another card SLI.
Optical Drive: It's an optical Drive.
Keyboard: I love this little thing. My friend had one, so I got one.
Unlisted Peripherals - I have a mouse that my brother game me a while back. - I am using a 32" 1080p Vizio smart TV that is mounted on the wall. I know 5+ ms response rates bother some people, but I have no issue with 8ms. I have never played on a 1 ms monitor and as long as I don't I don't think I'll ever need it. - I have professional Audio Technica Studio Headphones for recording music that I use for this now. - I have Rokit 5 studio speakers for recording music as well
My review means little in the sea of stellar reviews about this. Pros: It's intel, It's quad core, core clock rate of 4.0GHZ in each core, it's overclockable, its reliable, it is probably overkill for gaming for the foreseeable future.
Pretty/Powerful Cooler and a great price.
It's a very nice and well made case. I'll just say many features made building pleasant. One small drawback about this style is that it will be difficult to manage the cabling unless you have the correct kinds of cables. The ones that came with my psu were kind of clunky, wide, and had far too many connectors on them. I would recommend this case to anyone who is already planning on ordering specialty power cables OR someone who knows for sure that the PSU they are buying comes with easy to manage space conscious cables.
Quality Power Supply at a good price. The one drawback is the cable choice. Far too many multiples for my taste. I.E. Rather than any single or double sata power cables, every one of them has 5 power connections. There are no cables for just a 6 pin or 8 pin VGA power; they are all 2x6+2 and very few cards need 16 pins of extra power. I put a lot of time into it and still have messy cable management in the back. Part of the reason for buying a modular power supply is to be able to cable manage well. This defeats that purpose. I will be ordering some new braided cables to replace these for extra $$$ to make my case look nicer.
It does the reads, and reads the things.... not much to be said
Well made keyboard. The track pad has come in handy a few times. I do wish I had a full keyboard.