So, I've been familiar with PC's for about almost a year now and just recently decided to finally upgrade my 2013 Desktop Mac that would crash due to its infamous thermal throttle and built a decent all around PC. I will be mostly be Gaming on this machine but has also performed quite well in video renders, with my i5 actually hitting 802 in Cinebench R15! I'm waiting till around the summer when I start working again and save up a bit of money, sell my 970 and get a 1080 as well as a 1440p monitor.
The Build Process: It was actually quite a breeze, everything fit in the case perfectly and only took me a few hours to put together, wowing my 50 year old parents and making them think I'm some type of Blade. My first boot went perfect and all my drivers worked, except when I tried to redeem my division code the website glitched and never gave me the download link or anything, which is sad but completely fine.
i5 6600k: THIS THING IS A MONSTER, I think I have binned the best i5 possible, it is sitting comfortable at 4.8ghz with 1.35v and idles at 32C and full load is at about 78C. If you can get an i5 like mine, there's quite a reduced need for an i7.
Corsair H100iv2: Amazing cooler, keeps my CPU frosty at all times and looks beautiful, Microcenter actually threw in a free tube of aftermarket arctic silver thermal paste so that was nice. Overall a great cooler with a wonderful warranty that covers all of your parts.
ASUS Z170-A: What can I say? for $140 you basically cannot beat this board, 5-6 chassis fan heads, all PWM. 2 CPU fan headers, great budget sound chip, great connectivity, great bios and easy overclocking. Plus, it looks wonderful in any system, 10/10 IGN would recommend.
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4: Sleek and runs at its rated speeds, no problems here.
Crucial BX200: For the price, these read and write speeds are hard to beat, and 240GB is plenty enough for a few games and to boot your OS off of.
Seagate Barracuda: Because unless you're stingy as ****, you're gonna need some more storage.
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970: This card is a Leviathan, every single game at 1080p I throw at it, it eats it up, spits it out, and s on it. The IO is also, as linus put it, *ing Flawless; A gold standard.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Love this case, phanteks has rarely made a product I have ever disliked. I like to see that trend has continued with this beauty of a case. Solid construction, no flex, a crap ton of mounting points and a whole lot of fun.
EVGA G2 750W: It works, is gold standard, and works with custom sleeved cables that I may or may not pick up down the line.
Windows 10: Big Brother is watching
Asus VN247H-P: Beautiful color production for a 1080p monitor, next to no back-light bleed.
CM-Storm Quickfire Rapid w/ Blue Switches: First time my fingers have had an orgasm
Mionix Castor: I think it has built-in aimbot honestly, this thing is waaaaaayyy too good for the price, everyone should have this mouse.
By the way, I know the case looks dusty by the photos, but this effect is purely just due to my old cannon Powershot G5, and if you're gonna complain, I will upload iPhone 4s Vertical blurry photos instead.