Built this to replace my first-gen i7 machine, which started to develop problems. This is my primary PC. I use it for gaming, programming, and occasional streaming. All of my tech gear has a duck-based naming scheme, so EpicDuck is a carryover from my old system.
Everything was purchased brand-new, but I'm reusing a bunch of hard drives from my previous computer... Western Digital drives of various sizes.
My goal was to go for a quiet PC with clean cable management. My previous case was poor in both these aspects, and swapping hardware was a complete pain, with cables everywhere. Dust prevention was a huge concern as well. I chose the NZXT case because it looked like it fit my needs, and also has a couple fan filters built into the case. I went with a Kraken CPU cooler because I figured it was designed to work with the NZXT case, and I wanted good, quiet cooling without a huge heatsink sticking off the CPU.
My only installation issue was that I originally installed the radiator on the top, with the tubes towards the front of the case (as they did in the NZXT video), but due to the radiator tubes, you lose access to a couple of HD bays. I had a HD installed on the bottom of the case, but the vibrations caused rattling issues. I ended up spinning the radiator around so that the tubes face the back of the case, and free up all of the HD bays. This works much better, and I added a fan grille to make sure the tubes never touch the fan. I have the CPU power cable snaked through the corner of the case, between both tubes, to plug it into the mobo. It works great, even if you don't notice it, but it is a tight fit.
Everything else went together pretty effortlessly, and I've done some basic overclocking on the CPU, so it can run up to 4.5ghz, while the memory is running at the 2400 XMP profile.
The most demanding game I've found has been Witcher 3, which I'm able to run on Ultra settings at ~45fps. If I disable Hairworks and use SSAO as opposed to HBAO+, I average 60fps with very few tiny dips in framerate. The majority of other games I've played are much less demanding, and can be run at very high settings without tweaks.
2016/09/19 - I've swapped RAM from Corsair Vengeance LPX to G.Skill Ripjaws V. I've had increasing freezes/crashes and numerous other problems for a long time (artifacting on integrated graphics), and tried numerous BIOS updates and settings. There are a ton of complaints about the Skylake architecture, especially with Asus motherboards, and everybody solves their problems a bit differently. I finally just bought some different RAM and it has cleared up all of my issues. I wouldn't recommend Corsair DD4 with this combination Motherboard and CPU. There's some sort of insane incompatibility and not worth the headache. Some of my images may not reflect the RAM swap.