Hello PCPP! I've been gathering parts and planing this build since December of last year. The wait was well worth it, as I finally got my GPU on the 22nd of March. The reason why I chose to build was that I have a Alienware R1 2014 that has served me well, and will continue to do so as mobile driver for when I've got to go to my Father's house and what not. Although it has a i7-4722HQ and a GTX970m, it just couldn't preform as I wanted for it to do so. The heat that it put out was just to much for the two small fans to handle, even though they had been cleaned out, it just was no longer becoming possible for me to play games the way I wanted to play them, even at lower detail settings.
CPU I chose the CPU for it's great price. Although I would have liked an i5 or even Ryzen 5 2600, they just were not in my budget. This runs REALLY cool, and although I've not put an overclock on it yet, I do plan on doing so in the future.
CPU COOLER The H7 is a great looking cooler. Although I love the looks, mounting it was a pain, and I can turn it from side to side. The only real reason why I got this over the 212 was that they were almost the same price and it went with my color plans. Even while in game, I can't hear it, over my case fans at least.
MOTHERBOARD To be 100%, the only reason why I got it was because of how cheep it was. This doesn't mean that it isn't a great motherboard though. Although I've not overclocked it, it seems to do everything I need of it for now, and the only thing that I wish it had more of would be to have some more system fan headers, as I'm using one now, and will need to order another so I don't have to use a Molex connector. (SADLY)
RAM As with the Motherboard, one of the reasons I got it was that it was cheep, and also that RAM is dumb right now, and will hopefully cool down soon. But, the reason why I got a 1x8 kit was that I want to eventually buy another stick, and it was around $10 cheaper than a 2x8 kit. As I couldn't afford a 2x8 kit, it is the best and most economical solution, and yes, I know that I am loosing something like 10% by not having a dual kit.
STORAGE My main drive is a wee bit overkill for the build, but going form an HDD to a SSD is like day and night. The best way I can quantify it is loading up in ARMA 3. Going form stuttering and failed file signature checks to loading up in less than a half of second, getting strait to 60fps. Other than that, my 1TB HHD is a slave drive that I'm using just for videos and the such that I won't need to access. It didn't cost me anything because I pulled it out of my laptop because it was giving write errors, but I trust it to videos.
GPU The reason why I payed an 10% for a the 1050ti STRIX was that I just wouldn't buy a single fan card. This both had to with looks, and cooling. The only reason why I chose this over a EVGA SC(C) 3.0 was that I could get this for less, and faster. So far, I adore the card. It is silent when in use, although I've only tested it to around 50% of usage. Other than that, it's fans top when it's not in use, and looks very clean. The back plate was a nice plus although I would have made my own at a local shop if there wasn't one already one.
Case Yea yea... Who spends more on their case than there CPU? WELL... I do! Although a NZXT s340 would have been great and served all my needs, and may have looked better, you cant beat the amount of space it has within it's shell. I also do have to say that the easy remove clamps are a nice feature and I was happy to find out that both the power and HHD activity light are both back lit by a white LED, going nicely with the rest of the build. Also, another reason why I chose to go with this case, was I do hope to eventually do a custom loop inside of it, some day.
PSU Same thing with the case, who spends more on their PSU and their CPU? To be honest, I really should have gotten a 500w Bronze+ PSU. BUT! I didn't. The 10 year warranty and the fact that I most likely wont pull more than 600w from a build had me buy it. It will end up costing me less in the long run than buying a 500w PSU, then something like a AX1200i. I also plan to get custom cables for it, but not a PSU shroud as the case is on the ground and dust + dog hair = a bad day.
MOUSE & KEYBOARD The Mouse, is the oldest part of anything I've ever owned. I think I got it in 2013 as a birthday present form my Grandmother and man, looking back on it, it is one of the nicest things I've ever owned. I have small hands so it fits almost perfectly into my palm, and is so old that the LEDs are no longer in sync! None the less, it sill works fine and besides a semi damaged cable and peeling paint, it is like how it was when I got it. A newer addition that I got the K55. And it works great. I've never used a mechanical keyboard, and didn't want to try one. It works just fine, and going from a 80% keyboard is sorta weird as I still have to find the delete key, which on my laptop is next to the F12 key. One of the nicest things is having a windows lock key, so I don't open what I don't want to.
MONITOR Also, another reason why I chose this monitor like my motherboard and my RAM was cost. I didn't see spending another $60+ for a main brand one would be worth it for me. Also, a very nice feature of the base and stand is that it make the prefect place to rout cables through and also the HDMI and power cable down, as to make a nice, clean desk. The only problems I've encountered is tearing in YouTube videos when viewing at 75hz, so I've chose to limit it to 60hz and I don't see that much of a change, even when playing games.
OTHER Two other things that I've chosen to not include within my build as I think that they don't make a major change are the 3 Thermaltake Riing12 fans, also in white like the rest of my build. The other is Windows 10 Pro, which I got for $14.48, although I don't see much of a change with this and normal Windows 10 on my laptop. Also, I chose not to include a section about the Thermal Compound because it doesn't make that much of a change than the base thermal paste that Cryorig supplies.
Best performance per dollar CPU out there. PERIOD. It is quite comaprable to my i7-4722HQ (at 3.3ghz) but with out hyperthreading.
A great, quiet cooling solution that looks great as well. Although the mounting was finicky, I couldn't take any stars off due to how quiet it is.
Although I over payed for it, still amazing.
Quiet, for a HHD, but still slow, and didn't last as long as I would like.
Amazingly large case. It has more fans than most motherboards can support on their own, and even for being old, feels that it will last a long time. The build quality on it is amazing, but sadly it seems as they're becoming harder to find as I'm guessing that they've not been produced on a factory line in over two years.
Best, and only mouse I've ever owned.
Quite amazing to be honest. The only problem I have with it is that the plug is a block and takes up room. But, it is only two prong so it isn't to much of a problem.