This build would be mainly for gaming at 1440p and potentially video editing later on in the future. I've wanted a black and white themed build for a while now, because they look so modern and clean looking. This build reflects that and many of the components were chosen based on that aspect. That being said, the performance does not suffer due to aesthetic choices.
The CPU was chosen as a cost effective gaming CPU. The core i5 is more than enough to power games today and will be for many years to come. I chose the i5 over the i7 due to it being substantially cheaper and offering very little loss in performance for gaming tasks.
The CPU cooler works well for cooling the CPU. Its an all in one liquid cooler with allows for good overclocks without the need for an elaborate custom loop. The 280mm radiator gives lots of surface area to cool the CPU and fills the space at the top of the case more completely, compared to a 240mm, giving a much nicer aesthetic appeal. The neutral color scheme as well fits in well with the black and white color scheme I am going for with the grey being the only thing that would be nice to change.
The motherboard, being black and white, fits the color scheme of the build nicely. It offers SLI capabilities for future upgrades and fits the criteria of an MSI Z170 board. The metal reinforced PCI-E slots look amazing and help provide rigidity to the slot, and the design of the heatsinks isn't gamery and super tacky; it has a nice, simplistic, elegant design that works very well with the build.
The RAM was an easy choice. Kingston HyperX Fury just looks amazing. Its not super gamery like most other RAM and is very cost effective. 32GB of RAM may be a bit overkill, but since the machine may be used for content creation in the future; the use of 32GB is justified. The black matches the color scheme of the build and the white lettering accents the color scheme quite nicely.
The storage solution in this PC is a rather standard configuration nowadays. I chose an SSD- in this case an M.2 SSD for blazing fast speed- as a my boot drive and to house often accessed files and a few games. The 2 hard drives gives me 4 TB of space without raid, but with a RAID 1 array of the two drives, I will have 2TB of storage for use as reliable mass storage.
The graphics card was chosen to be the absolute best card for gaming. The GTX 980ti from MSI (GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC) is a beast of a card. Its black and white to fit the theme of the build, and its a 980Ti which means it will just destroy any workload thrown at it with no problem.
The case is a very elegant housing for this amazing machine. The Fractal Design Define R5 looks beautiful, and at the same time has a black and white color scheme to compliment the one that I have chosen. It is spacious, and allows for upgrades, such as SLI and Custom Watercooling. With the inclusion of the large side panel window, the beautiful components selected can be easily observed and the handiwork put into the computer can easily be appreciated.
The PSU was chosen because it is 80+ Gold efficiency, gives head room to possibly squeeze another card in there and comes with flat black cables to make cable management a breeze. EVGA is a very reliable brand and their PSU's have never disappointed me. The black color gives it a stealth look in the define R5 and doesn't draw attention away from the rest of the beautiful hardware.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my build and an up-vote would be much appreciated. :D