Planned to use for editing and gaming, on a £1800 ($2600) budget. This was something fairly spontaneous that I decided to do after recently rediscovering my love for video editing and wanting to pursue it as a career. I also really wanted to play some of the games I watch others play on a daily basis, so having something that could do both really seemed like a great option.
CPU (Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core) I was originally going to go for the i5 but ultimately decided to choose a cheap but reliable air cooling option in the Hyper 212X as opposed to water cooling so that I could upgrade to the i7. I plan to try overclocking it in the future to whatever speed the 212X can handle.
Motherboard (Asus Maximus VIII Hero) Loved the design of this motherboard from the moment I saw it and choosing it pretty much decided the initial colour scheme.
Memory (G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4-3200) Really fast and a sleek look that compliments the motherboard well, I currently have it running at 3200MHz.
Storage (Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD) Having never used flash storage the difference in boot speed and transferring files is really impressive, 500GB should be enough for now to store all the games and footage I'll have saved.
Video Card (AMD Radeon R9 390) I had no preference on branding between AMD and Nvidia so the choice in graphics card really came down to which was affordable and had the most relevant features to me. I chose the 390 over the GTX 970 because it seemed like the more future-proof option and MSI's inclusion of a back plate.
Case (Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX) Oddly enough I was torn between this and Corsair's Air 540 but I was eventually won over by the Evolv's sleeker, minimalist design. I found it easy to work when I wasn't being hindered by my inexperience and overall, really like the case. Went with silver over the others to add a little flare.
Power Supply (EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W) Went with the fully modular approach to minimise the amount of cables I had to work with and I think it went okay. Did some research to find reliable brands and settled on EVGA.
Case Fans (Corsair Air Series AF140 & AF120s Quiet Edition) I preferred the solid colour over LED lighting, especially after choosing the Evolv over the Air 540. The fans stay true to their description and are very quiet, it's just a shame they're not PWM.
Monitor (Asus VG248QE 24.0") Almost went with a different Asus monitor before learning about refresh rate and response time, thought I couldn't go wrong with the VG248QE seeing as it's popular here and it's been great so far.
Keyboard (Corsair K70 RGB) Didn't like the brushed aluminum finish at first but it's growing on me. I've found the MX Brown switches to be a joy for typing and gaming. The LEDs are bright enough for when it matters and the wrist rest is pretty comfortable.
Mouse (Logitech G502) The shape of all the buttons are really cool, feels comfortable and travels well. The infinite scroll wheel is a feature I had on a previous mouse once and am glad to have back. I only wish it were possible to choose which RGB colours to cycle through.
Headphones (Kingston HyperX Cloud II 7.1) At first I was going to get the Corsair Raptor HS40s but decided to shed out a little more for the Cloud II. Was impressed by the packaging and build quality, simulated surround sound works nicely and I think the microphone is decent for the price range.
NZXT Hue+ case lighting since the Evolv's tinted window makes it a little hard to see inside.
[Edit] Hue+ arrived earlier than expected, finally settled on a mostly red and purple colour scheme that I think looks pretty nice.
GTX 1070 if ever I decide to get a 1440p monitor.
Corsair H100i GTX aio cooler for more stable overclocking.
I feel like I've learned a lot from doing this and looking through some of the awesome builds here definitely helped a lot, especially during the few months that I had to wait through before I could buy the parts lol.
Thanks so much for reading :]