First off I have to say thank you to everybody I've researched this for months using this site looked over numerous guides went through a lot of the forums and read as much as I possibly could with that said I probably could've done things differently but in the end I'm very pleased with my results. Now that's out of the way quick background on myself I've been gaming since 1985 had an original Nintendo and needless to say I've been a console gamer since then my first PC game was Wolfenstein running MS Dos if I'm not mistaken and I was probably 9 or 10 at the time and my fragile little mind wasn't ready for that so back to the Sega etc. fast forward to know I have a Xbox One and PS4 and I've been somewhat disappointed because I've always heard PC Master race blah blah blah so I did some reading was originally going to buy a prebuilt from Digital Storm or CyberPower but again reading I saw it was more cost effective to build my own. I have a background in computer networking but that was 15 years ago but again after lots of reading and research I was able to finally get past my fears and go ahead and make it happen.
CPU: The main purpose of this build was to game and game and game some more I'm not editing I rarely stream just wanted to game so I went with the i5-6600k and overclocked it.
CPU Cooler: I was originally going with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 but the Lepa was suggested in a post I read and it happened to go on sale so I had to pick it up and from what I can tell it's definitely doing it's job, easy installation
Motherboard: Hardest choice out of everything so many choices but I went with this one because of the potential future proofing, hookups for basically anything and everything I'll ever need and the Bios appeared to be the easiest to navigate. Again I couldn't be happier
Memory: 16Gb's is enough basically closed my eyes one day and picked one
Storage: I didn't know what the hell m.2 was until I got here then I saw it was a few dollars more than the larger 850 evo SSD so I said why the hell not this is where my 100% noob came in during installation took me probably 30 minutes to figure out how the hell it went in, Youtube became my friend on this one, but it holds my operating system SOB boots up in probably 5 seconds my 3 year old Samsung laptop takes probably 2 minutes so big difference the Western Digital holds all my games plus I have some External hard drives around here
GPU: I knew this would cost me a few dollars I wanted to get as close to the best as I could without running 2 cards initially and nothing could compare to the 980ti for price and performance had a few choices but ended up going with the Xtreme gaming 980ti from Gigabyte overclocked to 1535mHz runs pretty quiet I've been running everything on Ultra 1440p getting between 75-95fps on the Witcher 3, GTA 5 is around 70 with everything turned up overall again very happy with my purchase might one day hook it up to my 4k tv and see how it looks.
Case: Another touch choice again so many options but ended up with the Enthoo Pro Full tower because I wanted the space in case I ever wanted to attempt to water cool i had a case that would make my life easy doing so. It's big and heavy as hell but down here in Texas we do it big.
Power Supply: I read quite a few reviews on this one figured I'd go with it no complaints so far it's covered my the shroud from the case and it does it's job for now if I decide to grab another 980ti it'll get an upgraded one.
Fans: Last minute I decided to buy some led fans to spice it up a bit I have two in the front and two up top for the cpu cooler
Keyboard and mouse : Pretty much going with a good gaming setup like the reviews on both again couldn't be happier except the fact I currently suck using them on first person shooters but eventually I'll get better
Monitor: Last but certainly not least my monitor I went between this and the Acer 1440p 144hz monitor I saw the Dell live and in person and it was slightly cheaper I thought about getting a 4k monitor but I felt me having a 4k Samsung tv I can have the best of both worlds nevertheless I'm again pleased with the Dell monitor looks better than my Asus monitor I use for my consoles.
My prices are accurate at the time of purchase I have Amazon Prime so I got the majority of my items from there because of the shipping but I guess the city of Houston has the worst Postal service delivery on the planet as you'll see in one of my pictures. Overall I'm happy with my first time build I'm sure others would change some things and if I had to do it again I'd probably get a larger overkill PSU and maybe a flashier case but again it was fun and a great learning experience to start a bunch of boxes and a empty pc case to where I'm at now. I'd encourage anyone to was like me and apprehensive to just take your time YouTube and this site is your best friend.
I have mine overclocked to 4.6ghz I probably have a little more headroom but felt safe where I'm at without having to mess with the voltage at all
So far so good I've had it for about 2 months now and it's keep my cpu very cool pretty straighforward install I know most go with the Corsair AIO but I'm happy with with the LEPA
If you're considering it get it no doubt looks good works good BIOS is simplistic I love it one of the best purchases I've made
It's memory it works not much more to say
Two months in quick boot ups I have my OS and a couple programs on it not problems at all felt a bit intimidated looking at basically a little stick trying to figure out how to get it in the slot on my motherboard but got it in and it works like a champ
It destroys everything in 1080p it does a phenominal job for me at least in 1440p stays relatively cool was easy to overclock I have mine stabe at 1535mhz I'm sure I could squeeze more but I'm happy where I'm at.
It's big but it has a lot of space easy to work with especially cable management plus the velcro straps helped out a lot to keep things organized
Simply stunning monitor 144hz very happy with it so far absolutely no complaints whatsoever slightly cheaper than the comparable Acer monitor and again couldn't be happier with my purchase. One thing to note I have read about people having issues with the monitor being stuck in deep sleep mode I disabled that option as soon as I got my monitor and haven't had a single problem knock on wood so definitely something to consider.