This machine was designed to be a multi-purpose desktop used for gaming, rendering video and also built to be used for day-to-day tasks.
CPU - There was really only one choice for this if I was going to be considering any sort of CPU-intensive task on the Skylake platform and the Intel Core i7-6700k was it.
Motherboard - This one was a last minute change. I knew that I wanted to do a push/pull configuration on the Corsair H105 AIO cooler that I was using and this board seemed to have all of the fan headers that I would need to make it happen. Previously I had the ASUS Z170-Deluxe as my choice, but due to all of the bad reviews and firmware issues, i chose to pass it up for the ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1.
Memory - I've always been a fan of Corsair's Dominator Platinum memory. This memory is fast and definitely fits the aesthetic look that i was trying to achieve with this build.
Storage - I may end up picking up a mass storage HDD, like the Western Digital Black series, but for now I am going to just enjoy the speed that M.2 has to offer and use the file server I have to store my other content (of course, this doesn't include any games, those will be stored on the Samsung 950 Pro with the OS).
Case - This one I had from my previous build and I really enjoy it. Sometime in the future, I'd like to try my hand at a custom water-cooling loop for the GPU and CPU, so this case was one of the best choices for a mid-sized case.
Video Card - While I don't game enough to feel the need for a GeForce GTX 1080, I did want something that would put really good figures for gaming on 1080p and this EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW seems like it is the perfect compromise between performance and price.
Power Supply - EVGA has an amazing line up of power supplies. When I started designing this build, I knew I would be going with an EVGA unit. The 750w seemed to be the perfect for for this build.
Other - I was really picky about wanting to have a good amount of airflow in my case and I also wanted to utilize a push/pull configuration on the AIO cooler, so I spent the extra money to invest in NB eLoop PWM fans and then chose Corsair Air Series AF140's to do the rest of the work.
Another great Intel processor.
Great temperatures and an affordable price.
Who needs all of these fan headers, sheesh. This is definitely a wonderful board with great features and aesthetics.
Fast and visually pleasing, you can't go wrong here.
While the price is still a bit steep compared to the standard SATA solid-state drives, this one is much faster and I am looking forward to seeing just how impressive it can be.
No benchmarks yet, but I am looking forward to getting them once all of my other software is installed and ready to go.
This is a great case for a mid-sized build. So far, no complaints from me.
Reliable and energy efficient, can't beat that.