First Build ever for me (complete newbie)
I named this build the groove-a-rama-tron in memory of that golden era of the late sixties and early seventies when college students protested against wars and for basic civil rights, and all they wanted was a world with more love and understanding in it.
The desk is modded for maximum utility for gaming and programming. Bought a huge desk, removed the legs and replaced with two 2 drawer filing cabinets. Drilled a hole in the desk for the keyboard, mouse, and controller (3D printed a hole cover for neatness).
The monitor is a Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Monitor. I usually game with an Xbox controller. The mouse is just an old Dell mouse.
Some building advice:
Keep organized! Keep all the manuals and parts in the boxes they came in as you are assembling the machine. The better organized you are the easier the build is. Take your time and expect that you will screw up and need to go back and fix your mistakes. I forgot to install the IO shield on the case BEFORE installing the motherboard and had to reset the motherboard.
It goes a lot faster if you get a friend who has assembled a PC to help you. I had no one, and had to watch a lot of YouTube videos to figure out what each wire did and where it went.
Pay attention to the rebate dates. Some are as short as 15 days from purchase.
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Amazon) Latest best gaming CPU.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) I installed with fans above the radiator, pulling air up through radiator. I did this mainly for easy cleaning of the radiator later. The instruction manual does not even mention the Sata power cord needed to power the cooler. This is a major blunder on Corsair's part.
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($214.98 @ SuperBiiz) A good gaming motherboard, it has everything a gamer would need.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.99 @ Newegg) Faster than needed but came as part of as bundled deal with Corsair H110i GTX.
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($335.98 @ MicroCenter) Twice as expensive as I had planned to spend on storage, but five times faster than what I had originally planned to get. M.2 SSD installation is even easier than regular SSD installation, just remember to NOT lose your M.2 screw that comes with your motherboard.
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB 100 Million Edition Video Card ($324.49 @ SuperBiiz) One of the finest 970 GTX cards available. The 100 million edition mainly differs from the regular edition by having a backplate.
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon) Many reviews say that this is one of the easiest cases to build a system with. I never look at my machine, so replacing the easily scratched acrylic window side with a solid side saved $10.
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg) Highly rated power supply. All the wires come in a nice pouch to keep them in.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.93 @ Amazon) I have a lot of files that are stored on DVD and use DVD for long term storage.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($98.20 @ Amazon) No need to get Windows Pro since Home edition has everything for a gamer and regular PC user.
Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard ($151.99 @ Amazon) Cyber Monday 2015 deal on Amazon. Cherry MX Brown keys for the tactile feedback.
UPS : CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS ($139.95 @ Amazon)
Cyber Monday 2015 deal on Amazon. 1500VA 900W for all the system power needs