My first ever build. Girls can build computers too! I've been looking into building a PC for several months and finally took the plunge. I'm very happy overall with how it turned out. Now I'm learning the process of overclocking her. She was built with both productivity and gaming in mind. She'll do well for me over the next few years.
CPU I went with the i5 6600K because I didn't see a real need for the i7. The price difference was significant enough for me to stick with the i5 and it's done really well for me. Currently have it overclocked to 4.4ghz.
CPU Cooler I was originally going to go for the standard Hyper 212 Evo but changed my mind at the last minute. I do not regret my decision whatsoever. Aesthetically, it's so much easier on the eyes, especially in my S340. At idle I'm averaging 30c with no issues and it's fairly quiet. I don't have any experience with other coolers but it sounds good and looks good so I'm happy with it.
Motherboard I went with the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard for a couple reasons - it's red and it has a lot of features for the price. I did my research and was a little concerned based on some reviews on Newegg with a lot of DOAs but I took a chance because I didn't find anything else that really appealed to me. I didn't have any issues and still don't after a month of use. Good motherboard overall.
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16gb - not much to say. Solid 16gb that's probably overkill but oh well.
Storage Typical Stuff - Samsung Evo 250GB for my OS, main applications, and a few games and the WD Caviar Blue 1TB for everything else
GPU Went with the MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB because of the price and performance ratio. Doesn't dissappoint. Currently working on overclocking. I've had a couple screen crashes but that's probably due to instability of my overclock. Satisfied with my purchase.
Case Went with the NZXT S340 Black/Red to complete the house the Lady in Red. Such a great case. Cable management was easy and the window shows her off nicely. I bought some cablemod led strips to illuminate her features.
PSU EVGA 650WGS is a good power supply unit. In hindsight I may have gone for 750 but 650 is plenty for my uses.
Seriously so happy the build was completed with no issues. She'll be running strong for years to come. Anybody with an R9 390 - let me know what you got for your OC...I don't care to OC to the max but I want to get as much performance out as possible without going overboard.