This build has been in progress for about two years now. Most of that time being researching, changing my mind, and waiting for new parts to come out. I really only started buying the parts in December. I really wanted to build something new after my old build that I made a lot of mistakes on admittedly. I chose an i3, paid way too much for the motherboard and case, then skimped out on pretty much everything else. I got my hard drive first, installed windows on it then got an SSD and never reinstalled. This REALLY shortened the lifespan of the computer. There were some upgrades in between these two such as obtaining a 960 4GB from a friend for free but the i3 was just killing it in CPU bound games.
With this build, I decided to right these wrongs. I know I kinda went crazy with the motherboard but I do plan on upgrading to the 7700k in a month or so and not only do I love the look of the Formula, I also plan on doing a custom loop eventually so the built-in block is nice.
EDIT: I did upgrade just took longer than expected.
I promise I'll add more and better quality pictures later!
EDIT: For the benchmarks, the first one is at stock speeds and the following is overclocked to 4.65 GHz at 1.37v EDIT EDIT: Benchmarks are out of date now as I have a 7700k overclocked to 5.10 Ghz at 1.35v
i7-6700k: Got this bad boy for only $130 through the intel retail edge holiday deal! This is what really started this build for me.
EDIT: Upgraded to the i7 7700k for $200 then gave my 6700k to a friend for his build.
Corsair H100i v2: Got this for $77 by working at Best Buy. Would have gone with a 280mm but this was cheap and works well.
Samsung 840 EVO: Took from the last build actually has windows on it now
EVGA 980 ti Hybrid: Got this for $150 on my local craigslist. When I saw at I couldn't believe it. Especially since it was two days old! Picked it up the next day and it's worked great.
Riing Fans: Again another great deal from working at Best Buy.
A good upgrade from the 6700k and while I realize it doesn't add much performance, and for what I bought it for it is enough. Plus I find it awesome that I actually hit the silicon lottery for once. However, I am still deciding on if I will delid this or not.
Is a little noisy when it starts up but after that is quite quiet. I wish it cooled a little better but that will be for when I go custom loop :P
As far as I can tell it's doing a great job.
I LOVE this motherboard. It has every single little feature you could want plus some extra. Overclocking on this is really easy and the lighting is pretty great. Although I thought I was going to have to RMA my RAM because I didn't push the bottom side of it all the way in because there is no clips to visually show it is all the way in. Oops.
Works good, looks great, and wasn't too bad of a price. Will probably get another kit at some point.
Have had this for two years now and hasn't failed on me yet! Speedy little guy and looks good through the beautiful tempered glass.
I had two 1TB drives before I got this and ran out of space. Was originally going to go with a WD Black 4TB but after I read up more this drive actually has had less failures in tests and for 5TB is a great price.
For $150 I couldn't have gotten a better deal. I was actually planning on living with the 960 until I got some more money but this totally saved me. If I upgrade this it will probably only be to the 1080 ti.
This case is not only a looker with its sweet sweet tempered glass and sexy matte finish but was super easy to work in as well! My only complaint would be that the MOBO cutout made it a pain in the a** to install the bracket for the h100i.
It has been really nice having the peace of mind of having this power supply. I know it's been tested and that it's scored very well on sites like jonnyguru. The fully modular aspect has been amazing as well and allowed me to use my sleeved cables.
These work well and look nice but the having it only use the controller and not being detectable by the motherboard has been annoying.
One of the upgrades I got in between builds. Works well although the speakers aren't very loud since they face away from you on the back side.
Another upgrade in between builds. Works great but wish it had Gsync :P
Honestly my favorite keyboard. I had the Blackwidow Chroma before it and this keyboard imo feels better and the lighting looks much better. it is also smaller which saves desk space and makes it easier to transport
Had this even before my first build and is still holding strong.
I finally decided to switch from the Logitech G933's. With constant disconnects and what I now realize was sub-par audio quality, I switched to the Sennheiser G4ME ZEROs. These have been a game changer for me. They are super comfortable and the audio/mic quality has been fantastic. I'm in love. Next thing I'll do is get an amp so I can truly experience these.
For the price these cables were pretty high quality and came with a whole set so i'm not complaining!
Works very well with ASUS AURA and is quite bright.