This machine works like a dream. I build custom modded PCs as a hobby and since I have a family I need to buy the best bang for my buck $$$. While I splurged on a few items, I ended up choosing the i5 6600k due to its awesome overclocking ability. Coupled with my "go-to" awesome Noctua nh-d14 cooler, I'm getting an easy 4.11GHz out of this chip while staying cool! The MSI motherboard is awesome - it comes with a massive amount of features geared towards gaming both experts and noobs will appreciate.
The nVidia gtx 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ is a dream. It tears through any game I've thrown at it at the highest settings. Coupled with the new Acer 27" 1140p 144MHz IPS panel with g-sync, every experience is silky smooth with no lag, no tearing, and the most vibrate color palette available!
The 512gb Mushkin SSD paired with a 1TB Western Digital Black hard drive keeps everything running lighting fast while ensuring I have enough storage for whatever I need. I also added an external 3TB Seagate drive for household backups, etc.
I don't like to scrimp on the peripherals, after all why cut off your machine at the legs by using sub-par peripherals that make your experience misery? The Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard is not only an explosion of color to the eye but features revolutionary silent Cherry mechanical switches for unparalleled response and durability. My wireless Cyborg R.A.T. 9 gaming gives me the precision to dominate and no cords to get in the way. The Logitech G930 headset offers great voice input while gaming and awesome simulated 7.1 surround sound. I also recently picked up an awesome set of Klipsch 2.1 Promedia THX Certified speakers which will knock your socks off. These speakers are crystal clear and have plenty of power... they shake the whole house at less than half volume!
Finally I add my own elements to bring my Voltron theme to life. From the custom lighting to the custom window appliques, this system is as exciting to look at as it is to play on! I also added a custom hardware sound mod which plays the original Voltron cartoon intro at the press of a button - independent of the machine's power-state. Two 12" ultra-bright full RGB LED light strips (controled by remote) provide color combinations and animations that bring Voltron to life!
I am extremely happy with my latest build and satisfied with all the components. I can tear through any game with visuals that bring a tear to the eye. This incredible machine has also made me virtually irresistible to my wife as she stands in awe and wonder at this incredible machine and finds herself undeniably drawn to its creator! I highly recommend this build to anyone who is looking for a most incredible gaming machine but doesn't want to break the bank. Also recommended for anyone who wants to save a marriage. With this machine under my control I can honestly say the rest of my life has magically fallen into place with happiness and good fortune... and I owe it all to the Voltron "Defender of the Universe" build!