Welcome to my first build!
During my course of studies I always had a MacBook (yeah buuh!). My fellow student and friend (see his build here soon) decided to build up a gaming rig. So I thought, that I would give it a shot myself. So I saved up some money to start a new build from scratch.
With this build I wanted to make a premium build in case of looks and performance. Very little compromises were made when picking the parts. Additionally I wanted my machine to be small, but still big enough to assure a reasonable cooling when under heavy load. That is why I went with µ-ATX over ITX and ATX. Additionally I wanted my build to feature ASUS latest Aura Sync technology wherever possible. As I am not very experienced with custom water cooling loops I did not have a shot at this, but might in the future.
When picking the motherboard I wanted it to have built in Wifi and allow for SLI as I might expand my build to be SLI. To have a quality board, which supports ASUS Aura Sync I did not have a lot of choice and went with the ASUS Z270G.
CPU & CPU-Cooler
Basically I did not want to make any compromise when picking the CPU and as I am an Intel / Nvidia fanboy I went with the current flagship named i7-7700k. As the i7-7700k is opened up for overclocking this gives me the option to make it a full water cooling system in the future. For now the Corsair H110i AIO has to do the job, as I do not plan on overclocking yet. I was torn apart between a be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 and the Corsair H110i and went with it cause of aesthetic reasons and to have room for my higher profile RAM.
With the GTX 1080 Ti being released a few days ago the price of the GTX 1080 dropped significantly. To match the ASUS Aura Sync I went with the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX A8G. This model allows overclocking and has two fan controls attached which will be used later on. Again little compromise was made. If ASUS released its ROG STRIX of the 1080 Ti of today (13.03) I would have bought it right away, as I am not a fan of the look of the Founders Edition and it visually does not match the build.
To further match the ASUS Aura Sync look I went with the G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory. As the board has 4 RAM slots this allows me to expand the build to have 32GB in the future, if needed. I did not see the need to get 32GB of RAM right away, since the build will be mainly used for Gaming.
As the board supports M2.-2280 and the Samsung 960 Evo SSD x4 (NVME) makes the look even more clean I immediately went for it. Additionally, it is super fast compared to standard PCIe or SATA SSDs. Even better it allows me to remove the HDD and SSD cage from the case to have more space inside.
CASE & PSU
To have a quality case was one of my main priorities. It makes upgrading so much easier and much less of a hassle if you have a robust case like the Corsair 350D. Removing the SSD and HDD cage makes a lot of clearance and allows me to have two front fans (stock 140mm and 120mm), which will be used as an intake to support the case with fresh cool air. These two fans will be controlled by the GPU. The fans of the H110i and the front intake will only be loud under load. Additionally the PSU-Fan of the Corsair RM750i will only run, when there is higher load. Thus I expect the system to be super quiet when I am not putting a lot of load on it, which I prefer since it sits on my desk. To justify the high wattage of 750W I am planning to upgrade this system, as earlier mentioned, to house two GTX 1080 in SLI.
CLOSING REMARKS If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments, as I will monitor this build and keep you up to date when I make any changes.