First off, I know the name and pictures suck.
I am a avid gamer and computer software engineering major. Many of my friends play PC games so I decided to build my own. I've been planning and saving for this build for months and I finally was able to build it last weekend. I wanted to build a powerful computer that could handle max settings on games and multi-threaded programming. I'll get straight to the parts:

Processor: Intel i7 6700k

As stated above, I needed a processor that supports multi-threading. This one's the best of the bunch.

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61

I went back and forth between air cooling and water cooling and I don't regret my decision. I have the cooler set to silent mode and temps haven't exceeded 50 C yet. Also, I plan on overclocking in the near future.

Motherboard: MSI XPower Gaming Titanium Edition

Went a little over budget on this but the silver pcb looks so nice in my case. Everything is top notch and it has a preset overclocking dial that overclocked my CPU to 4.9 while staying below 1.4 V. I changed it back to stock settings because I'd rather mess with the individual settings myself but it's nice to know the potential is there.

RAM: GSkill Trident Z 32 GB

Yes, I know the 32 GB is also overkill. I knew I needed more than 8 because many of the testing and analyzing programs I use at work require more than 8. However, I've been eyeing the black and silver Trident Z since the announcement and it looks so sexy with all four slots filled.

Storage: Samsung 850 Evo SSD for windows and WD Blue 1 TB for media

No tough decisions here. Just picked a fast SSD for the OS and got a hard drive for everything else.

Video Card: ASUS Strix GTX-1070 O8G

Almost got the 1080 but glad I didn't. This card can handle anything I throw at it. It also seems to be overclocked to 2000 MHz out of the box according to the firestrike tests I ran on it. I went with Asus here because it has the nicest looking 1070 imo and didn't go too crazy on the RGB like some of the other cards.

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Galaxy Silver

Probably my favorite part of the build. It looks absolutely amazing and building in it was a breeze. I didn't go with the tempered glass because I wanted to be able to get into the case without messing with any screws. This case is well build and I expect it to be my PC case for at least the next 5-7 years.

PSU: EVGA 750 Gold

A little too much power for what I currently have in it but I wanted to have some flexibility for future upgrades. I've also read online not to cheap out on the power supply.

Future upgrades: I'm thinking about doing a custom loop (not in the near future), as well as doing M.2 drives in RAID 0 since my motherboard can support that.

Overall I'm very satisfied with what I got and I hope people like it. Once again I apologize for the bad pictures but I'm no photographer. I just want to share my experience and get some good feedback.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

nice to see the kraken and strix LEDs look fine when turned to white. I'm going to build a black and white build soon myself.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That was one of the issues I was worried about. Reviews said that the strix LEDs didn't display colors accurately and whites were a little on the blue side. Everything looks fine imo.