I've always been a gamer, but for the most part stuck to gaming on consoles since a controller felt comfortable to me. I started into pc gaming 2 years ago when I bought a gaming laptop (Asus G751JT). I travel for work and spend a good amount of time in hotels so it seemed like the clear choice since I could take it with me. However, shortly after purchasing it I had it hooked up to a monitor at home with its own keyboard, mouse and speakers. At this point I knew I wanted to build a pc when the time was right.
CPU- Intel Core i7-7700K
I was originally going to get an i7-6700k, but then I laid eyes on the MAXIMUS IX FORMULA! The small price difference between the 6700k and the 7700k made it an easy decision. So far it's handled everything that I've thrown at it with ease. I haven't overclocked it yet, but will eventually get around to seeing what it's capable of.
CPU Cooler- Corsair H100i GTX (Changed to Corsair H110i)
This cooler works great and looks great too. I love the braided hoses and the RGB lighting. It's not very loud when set to the balanced profile using the Corsair Link Software, however they are quite noisy when you switch to the performance profile. My one complaint about this cooler is purely aesthetic, in my opinion the USB port on the bottom of the water block is facing the wrong direction. If you are planning on using the grommets on the right side of your motherboard to route the cable, then the cable will have to fold over itself right where it connects in order to exit out of the right side grommet. The only way to get around this would be to mount it upside down. But I personally don't want to see an RGB Corsair logo unless it's facing the right direction. (Switched to Corsair H110i due to high CPU temps when overclocking. The H110i handles the 7700k at a reliable overclock of 4.8 GHz and temps stay in the 60's under full load. I highly recommend this cooler.)
Motherboard- Asus MAXIMUS IX FORMULA
I love, love, love, this motherboard. The Water cooling support that it has will come in very handy in the future if/when I decide to switch. The ROG Armor is on the front and the back and makes the motherboard feel extremely sturdy. The Inclusion of RBG Headers, as well as using the ASUS Aura Software to control the lighting for multiple areas on the motherboard, my graphics card and Led light strips works very well. And I love that you can control every RGB zone & device individually. It's pricey but seeing it in person makes you understand why. The design and quality of this motherboard is top notch.
Memory- Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 (Added an additional 16GB, Now at 32GB)
So far it's working well without issue and it looks great. I did have to change the RAM to the correct speed when I first booted into the bios. For now 16GB is plenty for me however I went with 2x8GB sticks instead 4x4GB sticks so that I can add an additional 16GB's later if I decide to.
Storage- Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD & Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM
I have a 850 EVO SSD in my Laptop and love it so I chose to go with the same on this build. I'm running the OS and a few programs off of the SSD and keeping my steam collection, pictures, videos, documents, etc. on the 3TB.
Video Card- Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 A8G (Switched to the Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti O11G)
I wanted to purchase the O8G(Overclock edition) but I found the A8G for only $568 after rebate. For over $100 cheaper than the O8G, I decided to take my chances with the silicon lottery and hope that I got a good card. I'm very happy with this cards performance, I've been able to play everything I've thrown at it so far on max settings and it stays nice and cool. I also love being able to control the RGB lighting on the card through the Aura Software. My one complaint is that when you set the color to white the lighting on the top of the card, on the ROG logo looks like a true white. However, the lighting on the side of the card looks like a blueish white. Because of that I never use the color white on the card. (The GTX 1080 was great but I wanted the best of the best. A friend of mine was building a PC and budgeted for a GTX 1070, I sold him my GTX 1080 for a bit less and paid the difference to upgrade to a 1080 Ti. The difference is very noticeable and almost all games run at over 100fps on max settings at 3440x1440 now. I'm very happy with this card)
Case- Corsair Carbide 400C (White)
This case is the size and color that I wanted, and it's made by corsair so I jumped on it. I really like how easy it is to open/close the side door as well as remove it. It was relatively easy to work in and route cables however the back panel took a bit of effort to get back on because of the thickness of the cables that came with my power supply, but it only took a few attempts. For the price I don't think there is a better looking white case.
Power Supply- EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850W
I went with this power supply because of all of the positive reviews it had and I had to get something that would handle any upgrades that I decide to make over the life of it. It installed easily and is quiet I highly recommend it.