So this was my very first build and boy, was it amazing!
6 Weeks researching for parts.
3 Weeks part shipping.
4 Hour build time.
Purpose: Being a 15 yr old high school student, this rig was built for the rest of my high school career and hopefully more. I researched heavily for each individual part and only purchased if there was a good deal. (until I got impatient)
Building Process: This build took a good 4 hours by myself and ended up working flawlessly. I overclocked to a stable 4.5 Ghz and everything is working great! The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv TG edition was a dream to work in, there was enough space and cable management (although mine isn't very good) was not nearly as difficult as some reviews may have you believe. The slide out tray featured by the Evolv made installing and using the H115i AIO a breeze. +1 Phanteks. In some reviews using the Phanteks Entho Evolv Tempered Glass, the builders claimed that the AIO could not fit in the slide out tray featured by the Evolv without touching the RAM. I found it fit perfectly with zero obstructions. One thing about this AIO is when you first install the backplate it will always be a bit loose, DO NOT PANIC. It will tighten when you install the 'head' of the cooler that screws into the backplate. One of my only difficulties was actually fitting the motherboard onto the motherboard stands on the case. I was worried about the amount of force I had to use to have the mobo click into place but in the end it works flawlessly.
Part Reasoning: CPU: I heard many great things about this CPU and I figured it would hold out for quite a while. It offered everything I needed and I got it for an okay price.
AIO CPU Cooler: I chose this cooler because it was one of the best on the market and it was on sale for a decent price. I heard good things about it and thought I'd give it a shot.
Motherboard: I chose this motherboard on the criteria of chipset, WiFi, Bluetooth, and price. This was the last item I purchased and I got a bit impatient and so bought it for full price. This motherboard was the only board with full WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The RGB headers are also a big plus for me.
SSD: There was a promotional sale going on at Fry's and after a good amount of research I settled on this 850 Evo SSD. M.2 SSDs were a bit out of my price range so I went with this SSD at 60 USD. This was purchased to be my boot drive.
HDD: I decided on this HDD as it had just enough space for a the rest of my highschool years. It also was WD Black which offers faster speeds all for a decent price.
Graphics Card: I chose this graphics card due to it being on sale for about 300 USD. After extensive research I decided the deal was too good to pass and picked it up.
Case: I was looking for a gorgeous tempered glass case and I think I found it. The case is absolutely astonishing and looks fantastic anywhere. Only complaints are the price and only 2 USB 3.0
PSU: 850 Watts is way beyond my necessities but I saw the Platinum rated efficiency along with fully modular support I couldn't pass the item up for the price at the time.
OS: Windows. Cause. Windows.
Monitor: First item I bought due to the spectacular specs at an unbelievable price. I was looking for a 1080p 144hz monitor but I came across this 1440p 144hz 27" freesync beast with a clean shave of 200 USD off the price tag and I bought it immediately.
RAM: Saw this 3200 Mhz 16GB kit from a vendor I've never heard about but it fit the specs I was looking for so I picked it up on sale.
Future Upgrades: Although this system shouldn't need updating for a good while, there are some foreseeable upgrades I could make in the not-so-near future. Even though r9 390x strix OC was a steal, a GTX 1070 would be a significant upgrade that I may decide to make in the coming years. Watercooling???? Recently watercooling has intrigued me a lot and I may convert this build into a fully water cooled system. Who knows :]
Very simple installation with very powerful overclocking. I've overclocked my 6700k to a stable 4.5 Ghz and the system is working flawlessly at lightning fast speeds!
I was a bit hesitant at first on buying this AIO cooler when I spotted out a great deal on newegg. All in all this is a great AIO cooler that I got for a fair price. Keeps my overclocked 6700k at 25 C at idle and peaked at 72 C under load.
Great motherboard, does its job and is a fantastic overclocker. This mobo also features 2 RGB headers which I plan on using in the near future. Bought this motherboard for WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, both of which are very fast and work great. Only complaint is the ROG LED RGB logo does not turn off when the computer is off.
Lightning fast! Fastest drive I've ever used and configuring as a boot drive was simple. Can be monitored by Samsung's Magician software.
Plenty of space without loosing much speed. Pretty amazing drive that will be able to hold all my stuff. Very quiet and works great.
Very solid card for the price. I bought this for about 300 USD and the card has had zero problems. Freesync works great and the backplate gives something sleek to look at. The strix logo looks very nice at the breathing setting. Heavy card but does not seem to have any sag. Runs all my games (CSGO, W101) at ~600 FPS high settings at 1440p. Only complaint is 8+6 connector lights do not turn off when computer is off.
Amazing looking case that was a dream to work in. This case has enough space to do whatever I wanted and cable management was not as difficult as some reviews made me believe. The case looks absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely love the PSU window as well as the front SSD placement. Only complaint is cable routing to the SSD is a bit difficult without having the SSD turned upside down.
Great PSU. Have had zero problems with it. With an 80+ platinum efficiency rating, it seems to be working flawlessly. The ECO feature on the PSU allows it to be almost completely silent which is a huge plus. The EVGA branding on the front also looks great through the PSU hole.
Although a bit expensive, windows 10 home installed with ease onto my boot SSD. No problems with Windows so far after configuration.
Amazing monitor. This is my first 1440p 144hz monitor and its fantastic! 1440p makes everything look crystal clear and 144hz is a huge improvement over 60hz. Freesyn calso works great along with my r9 390x. This monitor has plenty of real estate and makes any game look fantastic. Plenty of inputs - I currently have my rig, a raspberry pi, and a laptop plugged in for easy switching between workstations.