Hey, this was my first pc build and let me just say it was a process. I watched youtube videos to figure out how to do everything and finally, in the end, it all finally came together how I wanted.
To start off, I use the pc mainly for gaming so I didn't think an i7 was necessary as I would not be rendering or editing videos and the i5 would not be a bottleneck for gaming. It's overclocked currently using AI suite 3 and is running a 21% performance boost.
When I first started browsing motherboards, my first thought was "These all look ugly af". That is until I came across the asus sabertooth z97 mark 1. Beautful and functional board. The bios is easy to navigate and is very easy to work with.
When I first started this build, I had assumed liquid cpu coolers were super expensive so I didnt even look at them. However, I came across one halfway through and realized it was only around 50 bucks more than the air cooler I was going to install. Best. decision. ever. The cooler runs very cool and looks extremely smooth in the build.
For storage I have the standard 250 GB ssd as a boot device and 1TB hard drive. Not much to say there.
For graphics cards I wanted to have something powerful but also didn't want to pay the current gen premium. I am in love with the Strix so far. It is so quiet and barely even needs to turn on its fans when gaming with how efficient it is. Very pleased with it.
The case was a no brainer for me. While I had read reviews of poor airflow, I figured optimization would mitigate that. I bought 4 Corsair AF120 Quiet editions to help get some air moving as well. I currently have 3 fans pulling cool air in through the front and have the radiator and exhaust fan pulling air out through the top. Seems to be working so far as tempurature at idle of the cpu is 32 C and under 50 at all times under load. The gpu idles around 45C and gets to around 60 C at load. The fans on the Strix don't turn on until 50 C so it varies.
I didn't want ethernet running around my room or to wire it in so i went for a wireless adapter. With the AC configuration, it gives me the same speed, nearly, as ethernet. Very pleased with this part as well.
Both monitors are some of the best on the market in terms of value for 1080p gaming, I believe. They are both so crisp and are beautiful frameless designs.
I'm having some custom vinyl stickers made as well as contemplating painting the thermal armour on the motherboard so stay tuned for updates!
-- edit -- So today I replaced the SP120 Case Fans with AF120 fans because I was dumb and didn't know they were designed for different things. Also I moved the graphics card into the PCI e 3.0 slot from the 2.0 slot at the bottom of the case. It doesnt seem too saggy but I will proabably build a lego support for it soon :). Also I added a microphone for skype.
Also switched out the ram to Avexir Core Series 2400 mhz ram. Bios is using XMP profile 1 to run it.
The second 3d mark picture is after adding the ram and overclocking.