This is my first from the ground up pc build. I've been using a Dell XPS 720 for the last 7-8 years and it has served me well, but it was past time for an upgrade! I spent a lot of time on this site researching parts and checking out all of your amazing pcs. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and for sharing your experiences and expertise. I couldn't have done it without you all.
Case: I love this case! I really enjoyed building my system in this case. It's a very clean case, seems like NZXT really took everything into consideration when designing the H440. The matte finish is definitely on point, but it does show fingerprints easily. Plenty of options for cable management, different cooling configurations and storage. I did have a hard time getting the back side panel to fit properly due to the size of the motherboard power cables, but that could be due to my lack of experience in cable management.
CPU: Initially, I went back and forth about whether I should use the i6700k or the i5930k chip. Ultimately I chose the latter, in hopes that I can use this pc for many years to come. Essentially I chose the X99 platform hoping for a little more "future-proofing" and room for expansion. It will mostly be used for light gaming, as a media server, and for streaming.
Motherboard: I've had great luck in the past with Asus products and I really wanted to go with the "stealth" look on my build so the Sabertooth fit the bill perfectly. I love the features and aesthetics of this board. I'm not sold on the thermal armor keeping the board cooler, but it's a nice touch and should minimize dust on the components. I did install the included tiny fan onto the board. I noticed most people didn't.
Graphics: This was another toss-up for me. I started the build with a 970 (casual, not hardcore gamer) in mind, but by the time I actually started buying parts my heart was set on at least a 980. Then I went back and forth between the 980 and 980ti. The ti seems like a LOT more performance for the relatively small price increase....but I caught the Kingpin on sale for around 500$ and I felt like that was a decent price so I pulled the trigger. It has since jumped back up to around $600 on Amazon.