After contemplating for about 5 years, I've finally built my first PC, and a gaming one at that. I went with some bells and whistles so that I could max out all settings in 1080P or 1440P with high frame rates.
NZXT Manta for the clear window to show off the goodies. ROG Maximus VIII Impact for the complete ITX board. i7 6700K for high clock and 4 cores. Strix 1080 OC for high performance out of the box. Kraken X61 for super cooling and flare factor. Raid 0 850 Pros for 1GB Read and Write. WD Black 7200 for gaming storage. Ripjaw V for red theme. PG248Q for space limited, but high performance monitor.
The build wasn't difficult, but I had trouble because I couldn't figure out where to put the X61's usb header. I was able to purchase a usb 3.0 to 2.0 adapter and used that for the X61's fan control. It was fun and I enjoyed the build.
P.S. Forgot to mention that some longer cards like the Strix 1080s are very long and heavy weighing around 3lbs, but the Manta's space is sufficient. However it's almost twice as long as the pcie slot and might sag in the future. Luckily my pcie power cable is semi supporting it. Just a note.
My fan layout is top two fans is pulling hot air out of the motherboard area while two front fans are pulling cool air in, while the rear fan is exhausting hot mobo and gpu air out. I'm thinking of dropping the fan for the rear lower to get better air flow for the gpu since it does get hot at 79c in 4X SSAA in Tomb Raider and 4X SSAA in Metro Last Light, but never reaching over 80c in silent mode. If I were to make a more aggressive fan curve to drop it below 75c, but it would be much louder.
Cinebench R15 @4200mhz synced= ~910 pts Firestrike Ultra= ~5500+ for both graphic and total score in OC mode which maxes out at 2050mhz on core clock. Timespy=~7000 total and 7600 graphics in OC mode.
Fast stock clock with 4 cores and 8 threads. Can't beat this deal.
Turned my room into a refrigerator. 10/10.
Great mobo except for no M.2 or 2.0 usb header. Wifi works well and sound card is great.
Inexpensive, but great ram for value and looks. XMP easy to use and worked perfectly.
Raid 0 these drives into over 1GB read and write. Lightning fast for OS.
~200MB/s read and write, low noise except when shutting down. You can hear the head park.
Very fast card with great cooling. Larger than expected, but my ITX case was ready for it.
1 star off for price, but a great case.
Great power supply with enough juice for 1 big gpu.
Lightning fast monitor. 1 star off for price.
Cheap keyboard and optical mouse solution. LEDs make it a great value.