While I have extensive PC building experience, I had not built myself a PC since my 2009 build which was an Asus Maximus III Mobo with Intel I7 860 CPU. It served me well, and I really liked the idea of building the same level of PC with the new versions of my old Hardware. I have to say that the build went great, and I did not run into any problems at all....something which does not normally happy, but I was more than happy to put this system together quickly and with no serious issues. As a disclaimer I will say that I bought my parts over the past 3 months as sales came up. This was good, but also risky.....I bought all the parts locally here in Ottawa at either Canada Computers, or NCIX. They made it clear to me that the exchange policy came into effect on the date of the sale and not the date of installation. As you can see I still have not purchased my GPU, and I am waiting to see what happens with the RX 480 and GTX 1060 before I finally decide which GPU to pick up. I may even get a GTX 970 if the price is right. I will be sticking with 1080p gaming for the next 24 months at least so I am not looking for anything crazy like a 1070 or 1080.....still it will come down to best price/performance for my specific useage.
I had considered going with the Corsair H100i V2 AIO cooler, but in the end the fact I decided to get the I7 6700K instead of the I5 6600K and the fact that the H110i GTX was only $129.00 I had to get the later. I am glad I did....my temps have been really low. I have been able to OC my CPU to 4.7 with zero issues at all.....and that was at a higher voltage than I would normally have used(the Motherboard was auto setting the voltage and I was not keeping track at first, but it had pushed the voltage to over 1.45 Volts, however the temps were still under 50c while running Benchmarking software. When I did notice the Voltage was running too high I set it to manual in the Bios/UEFI and now I am slowly OCing with low voltages...and temps are even cooler.....I have not yet gone past 1.285 Volts and have hit 4.5GHZ with no stability issues and have been able to run at around 44-47 C under load.....so things could not have gone better for me in that regard.
In addition to my CPU cooler coming with 2 140mm fans I also bought 2 be Quiet 140mm fans for exhaust on the top of the case, and the case came with one 120mm fan on the rear for added exhaust. I have the CPU cooler running in a Pull configuration with a Balanced profile in the Link software...and it is staying nice and cool :)
I got 32gb of ram as I am planning to take advantage of the Asus Ram disk, I thought it might be nice to install programs or games to the ram disk and the price was right so I went with the 32GB instead of the original 16GB I was planning to go with .