Being an avid console gamer I always knew I wanted to build a gaming PC, but as I great older I obtained different hobbies such as photography and graphic design. So I knew I wanted to build something that would be able to handle anything and everything I threw at it. Since I've always wanted to build a computer I went a bit over-kill but I'm really glad how it came out.
CPU: Originally I was going to go with a 4790k but since I designed the whole build about wanting to be "future proof" I went with the Skylake processor. Though there were slim performance increases over the 4790k I was able to get the 6700k on a eBay flash sale for $300, I really couldn't pass it up.
Motherboard: This one I admit was more for aesthetics than anything. I had a hard time deciding on a motherboard because none of the boards that had all I wanted also fit with the theme I was going for. I knew I wanted a TON of IO ports since I always have external drives and cameras plugged in. I wanted something that supported m.2 (next upgrade) This board had everything that I wanted and needed, it sucks that the price is so high.
Memory: At first I wanted to make the whole build black and to resemble Batman's armor (favorite super hero) so I was looking for a matte black build with tons of angled/dimensional components. I loved the way that these look like Batman's wrist blades when they're off and the fact that they illuminate is pretty cool. All of that is what first attracted me to these, then I saw the benchmarks and was thoroughly impressed. I knew instantly that these needed to be a part of this build.
*My only complaint with this was that since they are BIG modules it interfered with my desired placement of my CPU cooler. I am going to re-asses this placement in the future to see if I can't fabricate a way to get it on the top.
Storage: I tried to go cheaper on this side of things, the Caviar Blue is just a work horse purchased to save games and games alone. The Samsung SSD stores my OS and applications, eventually this will be the job of the M.2 drive and the Samsung SSD will become storage for photos.
Video card: I began putting this machine together right before the 1080 dropped, I planned on buying a 980ti for this build but once I read the rumors/leaks I held off. The Nvidia gtx1080 dropped and I was actually able to get my hands on one on launch day. I held on to it for awhile while I compiled other parts, and I decided to grab a Strix 1080 again better going with the design theme, it was powerful and I knew I wanted to play games without being help back on performance. I liked the implementation of 3 fans on the cooler instead of Nvidia's 1, and the Strix was cheaper so basically a no-brainer. I returned the GTX1080 founders edition and I was able to grab the Strix when it restocked on Amazon, I was so excited since they were selling out QUICK.
*Plus, the RGB is pretty cool. ;)
Case: I am a big fan of HardwareCanucks on YouTube and he raved about the non tempered glass variant of this case. Since again with this case fitting in with the design I was going for but also giving me ample room to work and expand if/when needed. All whilst being able to show off the interior I worked so hard to put together, the only negative to this case in my opinion were that both sides are tempered glass. So i spent a reaaaaaally long time on the backside cable management. I ended up just putting that side against the wall anyways. I just loved they way it tied everything together.
-Let me know what you guys think, I am up for suggestions and insight as I am still new to building my own PC.
**All tests performed with 3D mark are without overclocking the CPU or GPU and I ran a stock XMP profile for the memory.
Added updated photos after moving into my new apartment!