Flash back towards the end of 2015, I was able to get a steady job that had benefits and had a great pay, go a few months into the future at the beginning of December I finally moved out of my parents house and into a apartment and started living with my best friend. Things were going the best they had since I passed 20 years of age. I was able to start saving money a lot easier. Come the end of May I was comfortable with where I was in life, then Nvidia launched their Pascal series and in my head I am like "This is it, this is the ultimate moving out present to myself!"
I wanted to build a completely new system and get all the newest and higher end rated products that I could afford. And so I started working on the Kraken, but first I had to sell my previous build: This ended up being a lot easier than I expected. I was able to sell it off to a coworker and start buying the first parts for my system.
My first computer build had been over four years prior to this one and I knew I was long out of date with what was current and started browsing Reddit looking through Build-a-PC, Battlestations, and Nvidia (sorry AMD I went with what I knew best).
After looking around on here as well as Linus Tech tips I started seeing a pattern of people using the i7-6700k, coming from an i5 I was really hoping that this would be a big step up and I was not disappointed by it, as I went a couple of months without using a GPU(due to stock).
I wanted to go with a modernist looking build and went with an all white theme as much as I could. From my previous build I kept the Massdrop keyboard and the Logitech wireless mouse as I couldn't bear to part with them even though the mouse didn't fit the theme we had spent many a gaming hour together.
For the motherboard I had heard a good deal of great things about the Asus motherboards and decided to go with the Z170-A which suited my needs nicely and had a built in overclocking system which is great as this was the part of the build I most worried about.
For the case and CPU cooler, I went with the NZXT H440 first and then selected the Kraken X61 water cooler which made the installing very easy as NZXT basically designed it to fit into the case with very little hassle. Later along in the build I also purchased and installed NZXT's Hue+ LED lighting strips for inside the case and they look absolutely stunning!
Yes I am using WiFi in my build as the router is all the way out into the kitchen area and I didn't want to run an ethernet cable all the way out there and annoy my roommate haha. The Gigabyte WiFi adapter has been swell with one hiccup, which was the card not being found by my PC after a month of use, but a simple rollback of the driver swiftly fixed this problem.
I know my PSU seems a bit over the top but I really just wanted the extra power for peace of mind and the added protection the platinum rating provided. I also thought about SLI in the future possibly. Also EVGA covered me way back when with a great RMA process and I didn't want anyone else.
Now for the GPU. Originally I wanted the EVGA 1080 FTW but after waiting for a couple of months and seeing all these emails coming from nowinstock.com with other GPU's being in stock but still now FTW, I decided to see if I could snag a 1080 SC. A little under a month ago I was able to hop onto the Pascal powerhouse and finally turn off those annoying notifications from nowinstock telling me about other GPUs haha. As of right now I couldn't be happier, I jumped into BF4 and immediately was getting over 144fps on ultra and, although I'm not a big fan of CoD, I got roughly 120-130fps on average.
On to the Montior! Having a 144hz monitor is like gaming on another plane of existence. I feel spoiled now and when a game is capped at 60fps I get cranky haha.
Speakers, I got the Kanto YU5 from Massdrop and then later got the SUB 8 Subwoofer to be paired along with it and I couldn't be happier with everything, I hardly use my headphones anymore which is a bit of a shame as they are Audio Technica ATH-M50's and are approaching almost 2 years with them. They're great.
Overall I am so happy with this build I couldn't recommend every part in this build enough.
Grammar and wall of text fix courtesy of Geekazoid. :)