As with the original Kermit the Frag, credit for the build name goes to jipster69!
Roughly six months ago I decided I wanted to build a new PC over Christmas break to replace my black and white build. It certainly didn't need replacing, but I wanted to move away from SLI. I like SLI, but it feels like a lot of games just aren't optimized that well for it, and some of the games from smaller studios don't support it at all. I also wanted to try a custom water cooling loop for the first time.
(items that are marked as $0 have been reused from previous builds, so I didn't include them in the final cost)
Graphics Card: Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) I chose the Titan X because as of right now, it's the best option for a single card setup. I'm sure I'll be kicking myself when the 1080ti comes out, but hey, I'm impatient and I wanted to get it all done over Christmas break. So far I'm very pleased with it. I'm maxing out settings on all but the most demanding of games and keeping 80+ fps in 3440x1440.
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700k Not much to say here that hasn't been said on a ton of other builds. I can't imagine it'll be a bottleneck any time soon and I'm hoping to get some decent overclocking performance out of it.
Water Cooling For the water cooling loop I mainly used EK products with the exception of some Alphacool fittings and an Alphacool ball valve for my drain port. This was my first time attempting a custom loop and I'm pretty pleased with most of the results. I don't really like the bends on the tubes going to the radiator. They aren't as clean or straight as they could be and I'll probably redo them in the future once I get some more tubing. There was probably 5 pieces of scrap tubing for every bend that I ended up using lol. Bending rigid tubing is definitely not as easy as it looks!
Monitor: Acer Predator XR341CK First things first, I am aware that I'm using a FreeSync monitor with an Nvidia card lol. I bought this monitor a little over a year ago. The Predator X35 had just released and no one could keep it in stock, so I settled on the X34 instead. At the time it was the only other monitor available (besides the X35) that met the 3 criteria I was looking for: curved, ultrawide, and higher than 60hz refresh rate. I absolutely love the monitor. The picture is great and the aspect ratio is amazing for gaming. I've had the screen overclocked to 85hz pretty much the entire time I've had it, and it's a noticeable improvement over 60hz. The only downside is that some games don't support 3440x1440 without some sort of work around. I'm looking at you, Fallout 4...
Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon I chose this motherboard mainly on aesthetics. Being almost completely black, it fit the color scheme nicely and it doesn't have any super gaudy logos. Oddly enough, my favorite thing about it while building was the 90 degree USB 3.0 header. I don't know if that's generally a standard these days, but it looks so much cleaner and it wasn't an option when I built my last PC. The metal reinforcement around the PCIe slots is a nice touch too. I don't know if it actually improves strength, but I think it looks good. It also has RGB lighting, but I ended up just turning it off in the bios. I have a white LED bar mounted at the top of the case that I think was washing out the colors on the board, so they kinda looked like crap.
RAM: 32gb (4x8) Corsair Vengeance LPX I've used Corsair RAM in the past and it's never let me down. Not too much to say about it, it's RAM and it does the job. 32gb might seem excessive, but my browser of choice is Chrome so it's almost a necessity.
Storage: Intel 530 Series 480GB and 2 Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSDs For my boot drive I'm using a 480GB Intel 530 Series SSD from my previous PC. For game storage I'm using two Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSDs. The Mushkin drives are a pretty decent value for the amount of storage you get, plus they happen to fit the green and black theme. Haven't put them through too much yet but so far so good.
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass This seems to be a pretty popular case lately, and for good reason. Not only does it look amazing, it is incredibly easy to work in. It's very modular and has a ton of options for mounting hard drives and fans, plus it's very accommodating for water cooling. The pull out tray at the top of the case made mounting the radiator a breeze, and there are many different mounting locations for pumps and reservoirs. The glass side panels hide almost nothing from view, so you're gonna have to put in a bit of extra work to make the cables look nice. I kinda gave up on trying to make every cable look perfect on the backside, but luckily the glass seems to be slightly tinted, so my sub-par job isn't quite so glaring. If I had to find something to complain about, they only give you 2 SSD trays, but there's 3 places to mount them. Not too big of a deal though, I got an extra on Amazon for 7 bucks I think.
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 I heard a lot of good things about EVGAs power supplies so I figured I'd try them out for this build. So far I've had no problems. I can't really find anything bad to say about it. It comes with a ton of different cables and a bag to hold them all in. It's packaged well too!
Case Fans: Corsair SP120 and AF140 Can't go wrong with these fans. They work well and they're easy to customize. I painted the rings with Liquitex Vivid Lime spray paint.
Keyboard: Corsair STRAFE RGB (Cherry MX Silent Switches) The STRAFE is my first mechanical keyboard and I'm loving it. I get good feedback from keystrokes and the silent switches keep it from being too noisy. The RGB effects look incredible!
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma This is my first time using a Razer product, and I'm enjoying it. It feels a bit lighter than I'm used to, but it didn't take long to adjust to it. It looks great and fits my hand well too.
Audio: Astro A50 and Bose Companion 2 I've had the Astro A50s for several years now, and they've served me well for the most part. The sound quality is great, but they are pretty expensive. My biggest gripe with them is the battery, after maybe a year of owning them the battery wouldn't hold a charge for longer than a couple hours. So I basically have them plugged in at all times which kinda defeats the purpose of buying the A50s over the A40s.
My rarely used speakers are a pair of Bose Companion 2's. I've had them since I bought my very first gaming PC from Dell 10+ years ago. They still sound decent, but nothing to write home about.