This is Elessar- my first build.
10 nerd points for anyone who knows where the name is from without googling (Note: nerd points have no financial value.)
I built this beauty originally in November when Fallout was released after years of saving and waiting, and I love her. She's mostly a gaming rig, but also gets used for school and endless video watching and reddit scrolling. I'm pretty proud of this as a first build (I'm ignoring the terrible cable management for now shhh).
An overview of my thoughts on some of the more interesting components:
-The H100i GTX is awesome. Keeps my 6700k chilly, was easy to install and looks way better than my original cooler, a Hyper 212 EVO (bleh).
-The 980ti from MSI is great. It tears through every game I've thrown at it, looks awesome in white to match my build, and is reasonably quiet under load. The reason I decided on this 980ti over the many other choices was mostly the price. I got it for under $600 with a rebate.
-The Corsair Air 540 is amazing. It was easy to build in, looks great, and has great airflow. I originally bought a 750d which was fine, but a bit boring so I stepped it up to the 540 and I couldn't be happier.
-The Asus PB278Q is a great monitor. No problems with it thus far and my 980ti eats frames alive in 1440p at ultra settings.
Keeps my CPU chilly and looks nicer, in my opinion, than most air coolers out there. My only complaint is the little micro usb port on the bottom that is needed in order to monitor and control the cooler in software. In my unit, the port actually seems to have come loose and is now pushed up into the block area, so now the cable won't stay seated. It's annoying, but it also works out well because now I have one less cable in my system to worry about hiding.
The WD black is a great hard drive. I still have all my data, so there isn't much else to say. My only complaint is that it can get pretty loud when being written to or read. It is often the loudest part of my system, so I am definitely going to try to upgrade to an all SSD setup in the future.
I bought these fans pretty much just for the purple. But they are too loud for my preference, so I replaced them with some Fractal Design Silent Series and some Be Quiet! Pure Wings. My temps are still the same, if not slightly better, and now my system is verging on silent.