A multi-functional build sporting a frosty aesthetic without the glacial speeds. After some basic TLC I expect this build to sport a chill-tacular blue/white hint of black look while providing high performance in gaming, light editing and other computational tasks great for a multi-purpose machine.
CPU - Intel Core i7-6600K
This build utilizes the Skylake i7 as it is intended as a multi-use machine for gaming, video editing and streaming.
CPU Cooler – Silverstone TD02
An adequate water-cooling solution for a Skylake CPU, I find the light-up snowflake in the center of the cooling block to be irresistible. Elsa would be happy with this and so am I.
Motherboard - MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING Titanium Edition
I love that this motherboard bucks the trend of “you can have any color you want as long as it is red/black.” It supports an insane amount of 3.1 USB ports, has great OC features, 7.1 audio, M2 support and is jam-packed with features. A great mobo from MSITM all around. While there is a similar white/black motherboard this one sets itself apart by being laid out with SLI and future upgrades in mind.
Memory - G Skill Rip Jaws 8 x 2
Nice frosty RAM sticks that offer plenty of memory for my uses at a reasonable price. Since this chipset doesn't support anything beyond dual channel setups a 2 by X configuration is the most desirable RAM setup.
Storage – Samsung Pro M2 and Seagate Barracuda 1TB
A great SSD with enough storage to house the OS and the most frequently used applications for lightning fast boot up times. This is probably the fastest SSD available that won't completely break the bank. It will also fit nicely in its dedicated slot in the selected MSI motherboard.
I've paired it with a reliable 1TB HDD that allows the convenience of extra storage space.
Video Card – MSI GeForce GTX980Ti
A great card that offers plenty of display-ports, high performance and supports G-Sync. And it just looks badass on top of all that. I thought about getting an inferior card for SLI but ultimately decided that this one would easily fit most of my graphical needs and will allow for easier graphical updates in the future.
Case – NZXT Phantom 530 (White)
A beautiful case that is also fairly easy to mod. I suspect I will be changing the accent paint from black to light blue just to add my own personal flair to the build. The case itself also allows for great airflow, has plenty of room for future upgrades, cable management and provides a pleasing view of the internal working parts without plastering its own logo in the middle of my build (a trend with NZXT's recent cases that I find a bit grating).
Power Supply - Seasonic X Series 850W
A top of the line, fully modular PSU with enough headroom for SLI upgrades to ensure this build stays running for years.
Extras - Case Fans!
A couple of case fans to keep this ice cold build honest.