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White-themed first time build made with the intent to last for many years to come. I am coming from a used PS3 and Lenovo Thinkpad into this build, and the quality difference is astounding. I like to go overkill on projects I take on, and that means that I went with some "fun" items - i7 6700k vs. i5 6600k, DDR4-3200 RAM, 500GB SSD. I might eventually upgrade to the 1080 Ti eventually, but the 1070 is above and beyond adequate until then.
Micro Center was incredible for deals on the CPU and Mobo. Custom prices listed for those are true to what I paid for the CPU and Mobo - they offered much lower CPU prices than any place around, and then when pairing with the a Mobo offered $30 off that, too!
I had a few goals with this build:
1) Be ready with high-end gaming performance for many years without having to upgrade parts.
2) Be ready for overclocking down the road.
3) Choose reliable brands that will not compromise on quality.
4) Keep my options open for changes in the future - SLI, more fans/bigger case, etc. I know the 850W Power Supply is overkill but it keeps my options open, and I actually got it for cheaper than the 650W equivalent at the time.
I also have a couple Noctua fans that I am using to replace the stock fans on the Corsair cooler, as I wanted something much more quiet (this setup is in my living room - have to keep my wife happy!). Unfortunately they are rather ugly aesthetically, but this build is so quiet that I have to listen closely to hear any of its background noise. Plus, eventual interior lighting will mitigate the ugliness somewhat.
I am currently using an old Acer 1080p 4ms response gaming monitor that serves my needs very adequately, but around Black Friday I'll be looking into both getting the NZXT Hue+ and a much nicer monitor, as this setup destroys anything on 1080p and really needs at least 1440p capabilities to show off. I also want to look into white braided cables to highlight the interior more.
Thanks for the comments! It can be intimidating starting into a community of experts such as this, and I appreciate all the feedback I can get.
PS - sorry for the potato camera pictures. I neglected to take pictures during the building of it, I'll update with better pictures as I have time (actual desk setup, etc)
Beast of a CPU - takes everything I can throw at it and doesn't even break a sweat. Should be great for future-proofing as well - we'll see where DX12/Vulcan/the next big thing in gaming decide to take it.
Much bulkier than it might seem - see my build for an example of how I had to jerryrig it to fit inside my NZXT S340 case. The tubing is also very stiff, not allowing a lot of flexibility for case space (however, this is probably for the better - wouldn't want anything breaking!). Keeps my CPU nice and cool, and the LED's are of course an unnecessary (but very pretty) bonus. Overall I am very satisfied with this cooler. I replaced the stock fans that came with it with two Noctua fans and haven't looked back - it runs very quiet with these.
What other reviewers have mentioned about the cheap I/O shield are spot on - it provided about a minute of frustration before I was able to snap it properly into place. However after that the motherboard is great. Ran into some small issues trying to get it to recognize my Corsair DDR4-3200 RAM in XMP mode (it would run at 2133hz instead) - a Bios flash took care of the problem. For the price it's a great Mobo.
Fantastic RAM, does what it needs to do. Also very cheap for what it is!
Stable, blazing fast, incredibly small, and a great value. Everything you want in a drive! I use it as a boot drive and main install drive for system functions and multiplayer games. System boots within 3-4 seconds and load times are very minimal.
Great cheap storage. Fast for a HDD, definitely more than adequate for loading games in any function. I will probably buy another eventually to give myself more storage, very satisfied with this purchase.
Blazing fast BEAST of a GPU! Absolutely love this card, and while I have not OC'ed it (yet), it has the capabilities to do so like a champ. Will absolutely destroy anything thrown at it in 1080p and the majority of things thrown at it in 1440p. I would highly recommend this as the best performance to value high end card available right now.
Very pretty case, amazing price point. Only complaints are that while there were some nice amenities for cable management some features like the hidden PSU made it tougher. I would recommend this case to anyone, as a first time builder I am very happy with it.
It's a beast of a PSU that does exactly what it needs to. Fully-Modular is very handy. I got mine at a stellar deal so I can't complain about that either.