Processor: So I have had many processors in my previous builds, ranging from an old core i3 processor to an i7 6700k. I decided I wanted to upgrade my processor from my 6700k not for gaming performance because the 6700k performs just as well as my 6900k, but I wanted the multicore performance for video rendering and graphics designing. I am also an artificial intelligence CS major so I do run virtual machines quite a bit for various reasons. My chip is overclocked at 4.5 GHz using 1.39V. With the cooling system under load it sits at around 50 degrees celcius.
Motherboard: I chose the ROG Strix motherboard because it not only performs well but I didn't have a Haswell chip to update the BIOS to allow for an older board to run the new Broadwell line intel just released. The Strix looks very nice within the case (though was a little bit of a tight fight lol). Also a big upside is the one click overclocking software ASUS gives you. I am aware that you can get better overclocks just doing it yourself, but I do not have the time for that right now so that was a big upside for me.
Graphics cards: I am aware that I could have waited for the third party graphics cards to come out that probably have higher overclocks buttttttt I wanted this entire build water cooled and EKWB only really had the founder edition water blocks out and I am impatient. Plus two 1070's will run any game I want to play at max settings and is way more than VR ready once my HTC Vive arrives lol.
RAM: Honestly I just picked this RAM, I did not have a preference I saw good reviews on it and then bought a stupid amount of it just because I could. It overclocks quite nicely and keeps decently cool while running very demanding tasks
Power Supply: The only thing I have to say about this is DO NOT BUY A CORSAIR REFURBISHED POWER SUPPLY. You will regret it with all of your heart. I had an AX760 power supply and it caused my PC to go into a boot loop. At first I was confused as f*** as of the reasoning behind it but as I spent more time trying to fix it, it was obvious that it was a power supply issue. So after about 4 days I bought the HX1000i power supply and the computer has been running flawlessly.
Water cooling: Obviously money hasn't really been an issue in this build so I decided to go all out and water cool the cpu and gpu's in one loop. This took about 8 hours to fully finish which wasn't as long as I expected. This was my first water cooled loop I have ever done and I am pretty proud of how it turned out. I do plan on buying new piping to make two of the bends look better but for now this works perfectly and to me it looks amazing.
DISCLAIMER: I am fully aware that the PCI-E and the power cords don't looks all that good, I will update the photos once I get my custom sleeved cords and put them into good use :)