I use this build for my primary home computer for gaming, remote access to work, photo editing, media, and general use. Did I mention gaming?
UPDATE: I added a few more pictures to show some final tweaks. I replaced some of the forefront power cables with silver braided, individually-sleeved cables. I also installed a 1M Phanteks LED strip, which connects to the case controller and coordinates its color with the case.
CPU [Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core]
- I debated between the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K. I wanted an unlocked processor because I have never overclocked before and wanted to give it a try. I also wanted the build to last me 3-plus years, so it came down to the i7 as more of an insurance policy for the unknowns of what I might use it for later.
CPU Cooler [Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid Cooler]
This was an interesting experience. I initially purchased the 280mm Corsair H115i, since my case supports the larger radiator. Ultimately, the radiator didn't fit – not because of the case, but because it was slightly making contact with the DRAM and not fully seating all the way (the case has a nice slide-in radiator tray). I probably could have “made it work,” either by screwing down the radiator tray almost all the way and pressing up against the DRAM, (or purchasing a different set of lower-profile DRAM), but I decided to exchange the cooler for the smaller, 240mm Corsair H110i v2. It fits great and seems to be performing quite well.
One note on the placement of the radiator fans. I decided to mount them in a "pull" configuration on top of the radiator at the top of the case. I'm a newbie when it comes to water cooling, but my research seemed to indicate that the performance of push vs. pull is negligible. My thinking was that it would be easier to clean out dust from the radiator over the longer term that would otherwise be trapped between it and the fans in a push configuration.
Motherboard [Asus SABERTOOTH Z170 S]
- I like the general vibe of the "TUF" series of motherboards from ASUS. The concept of a 5-year warranty, a more heavy-duty build, etc. was attractive to me. And it looks cool.
Memory [Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666]
- I splurged a bit here and went with the new LED Vengeance DRAM from Corsair. These are pretty nifty. I got the white version and the lights “breathe” independently between the two sticks for a neat effect.
Storage [Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2 2280 SSD] [Western Digital Black Series 1TB 3.5”]
- The Samsung 950 PRO M.2 drive is blazing. I use it as my primary OS volume and install all of my applications there. The Western Digital Black Series 3.5” drive is for data, like my Steam Library, and I also use a separate NAS for archival storage.
Video Card [EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition]
- I love the look of the new GeForce 1070 Founders Edition. As I was planning this build, the timing worked out for me to acquire one on launch day. I was originally planning on a 970, but couldn’t resist the upgrade.
Case [Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass Galaxy Silver]
- What can I say about this case except wow. It is a beautiful thing and it made the build an enjoyable experience. The tempered glass panels are a bit awkward, but I don’t anticipate removing them very often. Totally worth it for the look, in my opinion.
Power Supply [Corsair RM750i 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX]
- Solid component and runs totally quiet. It was a fun experience to open the box and find the power supply in a “velvet” drawstring bag and the cables in another storage bag. Nice touches and it appears to be a quality product.
Case Fan [Noctua NF-A4x10 4.8 CFM 40mm Fan]
- I purchased this little fan to populate the optional motherboard fan slot. I had to peel off two of the little rubber corner cushions to make it fit properly, but it has been working great.
Monitor [Dell S2716DG 27” 144Hz Monitor]
- I really wanted to acquire a G-Sync capable monitor and this one fit the bill nicely. It was reasonably priced and I like the simple, clean design. It looks great, too, after general calibration.
Keyboard [Corsair K65 LUX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard]
- I looked for a smaller profile gaming keyboard since my desk space is a little limited, and I really like this one a lot. The color control, mechanical switches, and overall quality are great.
Mouse [SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser Mouse]
- This is a great, responsive mouse. It has the right shape for my hand and grip style, which is somewhere between palm and claw. The rubberized feel is nice, too.