This blue and black beauty, was worth every penny...
This bad boy suits my needs perfectly, and crushes any game at 1080p, no compromises, no matter what. I know, I know 980 ti is overkill, but that's what its all about.
CPU: I wanted the best DDR3 capable cpu due to minimal gaming performance gains from not just DDR4 but the cpu's that followed this one anyway.
CPU Cooler: Good, reliable, and inexpensive. What more is there to say. Also want to mention I swapped the stock fan for a cooler master jetflo 120. Had to use the stock screws that came with the jetflo due to the threads on the fan mounts. Unfortunately that meant I was unable to use the anti-vibration pads, but no problems yet and the thermal compound was swapped for arctic silver 5. All together this combo is keeping my i7 nice and chilly
MoBo: Not much to say. Good budget blue and black board
RAM: G. SKILL is bulletproof, went low profile-ish to prevent issues with cooler, and color matched
GPU: Gigabyte's windforce cooler one of the best, and wanted that 980 ti performance
SSD: wanted a fairly cheap snappy drive for my OS which is Windows 10 Home 64 bit
HDD: 1 x 6tb wd blue for all my roms, and isos, and 1 x 3tb wd blue for my pc games
PSU: 80+ Gold, Fully Modular, Blacked out Cables, and by a reputable company. Enough said
ODD: wanted a blu ray drive cause this monster sits next to my tv as my media center
Wireless: more needed the Bluetooth for wii emulator, but all in all great wireless card
FAN: added a couple fans to the case cause its a really budget oriented case, a little extra cooling never hurts
(the fan on the window is the stock hyper 212 evo fan. Which I'm pretty sure is a cooler master sickle flow)
CASE: honestly just grabbed the cheapest case with a window, front usb 3.0, and fit my color scheme. My opinion is its just a piece of steel to hold everything together. If it were really that important, I'm pretty sure consoles wouldn't be built in plastic housings
UPDATE 3/1/16: Decided to illuminate the real i/o with a blue led strip to match the build and help when fumbling for cables in the dark. NOTE: if you decide to illuminate your rear i/o make sure leds are 5v so they'll turn on the second you flip the switch on the psu, opposed to 12v which requires the pc to be running to illuminate
UPDATE 9/20/16: Decided to Build another pc around February next year.... Coming Soon, Sith Lord Nvidia
UPDATE 4/12/17: What ended up replacing this PC with.... Sith Lord Matix https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WsZRsY
This is an as awesome graphics card. The only thing preventing a perfect 5 stars...... OC GURU II SUCKS