The first thing you need to do is to look at WHEN I built this computer. I don't know if you guys were building then, but the prices were pretty reasonable for that point in time on all of the components I bought then. I have just gotten around to posting this. inb4 I get told how expensive this is.
ALSO. This is not a solely gaming PC. I'll explain that later.
This is a mash up of one of my older machines and some older components that I've been consistently upgrading with newer and newer stuff.
The CPU (From old computer) Why not a 4790k? I don't plan to overclock this one bit. I wanted as many logical cores as I could get for a decent price, because I wanted decent performance while simulating a compute cluster on my processor. Because of this I wanted rock solid stability as well, so overclocking just wasn't necessary.
CPU Cooler (This is relatively new) This was a little bit of a splurge, but it makes sure everything runs cool and safe while I'm doing computations/ simulations and looks darn good while doing it.
The Motherboard (This is relatively new) It's black and white, and has enough/ high quality expansion. Not much to it, in my opinion. Definitely a lot better than the cheap mITX motherboard I was using before.
The Memory (From old computer) Man, this stuff used to be REALLY expensive. Like when I bought it. Christ. Mistakes were made. I opted for as cheap as I could find, and this is what I got. 16 GB so that I could have a decent amount per node, which I may upgrade in the future.
The Hybrid Drive (From old computer) I like this a lot. It is very responsive, but that's in hard drive, not ssd terms. I considered using M.2, but it was way too expensive for what little space I would get, and I like having way too much space.
The Video Card (From old computer) Got a decent deal on this down from msrp around the time it launched, and it's really just here for me to game with. I don't really need CUDA or anything fancy like that for calculations, just something that can do 1080p+ pretty well. It fits the bill, and responds to water cooling like a dream. The GPU has a base OC of 1160, but boosts to around 1360 MHz.
The Water Cooling Stuff (Very new) I would really highly recommend an hg10 from corsair, as it acts like a vrm heatsink, and is also specifically designed for whatever card you're using it with, unlike the Kraken equivalent, which I hear has some major issues with vrm cooling, especially on short cards. I didn't have enough money to do a custom loop like I wanted, but I managed to get this, and I like to think it holds its own.
The Case (This is relatively new) Really, I shouldn't have to justify this with you. It's a great case. We all know it. I love the aesthetics, but I get where some people can find it boring. Don't worry- it isn't your PC, so it doesn't matter as long as it isn't dangerous.
The PSU (From old computer) Got it as a great deal, was rated well by JonnyGuru, and all around is a solid performer. I don't plan on any extreme overclocking, just a bit on my GPU, and it gives me what I need at an excellent price.
Optical drive and OS (OLD) Had these laying around from... Something. Not sure what. I have no idea what model my optical drive actually is, and don't care too much, so I just put a random one into the list.
Peripherals/ Monitor Lightning Round (Varies) A little eclectic, but I like them. Ultrawide is definitely glorious, if not somewhat taxing on my 760. I could not recommend my mouse more. Get one. The keyboard has a little light activation pressure, but that's fine with me, honestly. Headphones sound great, but I'm also not an audiophile. Grain of salt, people. ModMic is an amazing invention. I love having gaming headphones that don't sound like cans with string between them. Speakers are... speakers. I can't really listen to music on them as loud as I'd like, but they sound pretty clear and nice. I don't have much to compare them to, and again, not an audiophile. SD card reader reads SD cards, but the base station it's in is sorta flaky. I wouldn't recommend getting one. Used to mount images for the cluster of Raspberry Pi's I have, and port photos in for me to edit.
So what do you actually use this for, Aeglos? Well, I use it for statistical computations, some amateur photo editing, cluster simulation, programming in c++ both normally and with WPILib, a little bit of AutoCAD and Inventor (not enough to justify a nice, meaty, expensive GPU), browsing for Dank Memes, as well as a little bit of light gaming.
I like to think I did a pretty decent job, and am really proud of this build's aesthetics.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to comment, PM, or smoke signal me.