I built this machine with the intention to run the Adobe Creative Suite with ease and to render video and 3D content very quickly and with no limitations. As well as all this, I wanted a casual gaming PC to run the newest games a med-high setting. After building, I believe that I have achieved all this and am extremely happy with the performance of the machine, which is much greater than I expected.
CPU: This is a beast CPU, the i7 6700 handles everything with ease and is overall excellent processor. I did not want to overclock but wanted great, consistent performance, making this a clear winner.
CPU Cooler: The Be Quiet Pure Rock is a great CPU cooler for the money, while I did not want to overclock, I was looking for an affordable cooler that was very quiet and kept CPU temperatures low, as well as looking aesthetically pleasing.
Motherboard: I am really enjoying the quality of the MSI B150M Mortar as it delivers great features at a low price point. After comparing different motherboards this was the overall best for the price. The only negative thing that I can think of regarding this board is the fact that there are only two system fan headers, which meant that I had to purchase a cheap 4pin molex to 6x 3pin fan headers.
Memory: Nothing much to say about the Kingston Hyper Fury X 16gb sticks, they are pretty cheap, run at 2133mhz and are DDR4. I went with the 16gb to ensure that I could have multiple Adobe applications open at the same time with no bottle necking.
SSD: The SSD listed is not the actual SSD that I used but is pretty close as I could not find it anywhere on the site. I got the Kingston 240GB UV400 as it was very cheap but offered very fast load times in applications. It is used as the Boot Drive and also contains most of my applications, which all opens in seconds. My previous computer took roughly 4-5mins to open After Effects, now it will open in around 7-8sec!
HDD: My main storage drive is the Seagate Barracuda 2TB, to store everyday files. Overall, it is a decent hard drive. I also took one of the HDDs out of my old computer, which is 2TB and now use to store games.
GPU: The EVGA GTX 960 4Gb SuperSC ACX2.0+ is a beast of a graphics card. So far, it runs every game that I have thrown at it with high settings at over 50-60fps. It is exactly what I was looking for and am very happy with the purchase.
Case: The case I chose was the Corsair Carbide 400C, a very awesome looking case that shows off my components with the clear side panel door. When looking for cases, I only wanted one that I liked the look of and was not expensive. Personally, I really like the look of this case and love the addition of the PSU cover and door. Although, as a first time builder, I found that cable management was difficult with limited clearance.
PSU: Like the SSD, the PSU that I have is not on this site, but is relatively close. I have the Be Quiet Pure Power 9 600W CM, an excellent PSU for the price. It is the most affordable power supply that offered 80+ Silver efficiency and is semi-modular.
WiFi Adaptor: The Asus PCE-N15 is a great network adaptor as I do not have access to a LAN cable. I found that others on the internet had issues with the driver, so I did not install the main driver and still works great.