I built this PC back in September as a birthday present to myself. I have been planning a build on an off for about four years, but never had the money to build one. The idea behind this build was to be powerful, but also aesthetically pleasing. With that in mind, I did sacrifice some performance for the sake of rgb lighting.
A big part of this build was the rgb lighting system. The motherboard and graphics card were chosen for their ability to sync lighting as well as their overall aesthetics and of course performance. The fans are my favorite part of this build. I chose the Corsair HD140 and HD120 fans because they have, in my opinion, the best lighting effects and the transparent casing gives them a unique look. I looked around at all the popular lighting ecosystems such as the hue+ and aura sync, but none of them had fans which surpassed the look of the Corsair fans. These combined with the lighting node pro give me access to all kinds of lighting effects and in my opinion is worth the cost.
The Fractal Design Meshify C is my favorite case so far. It offers a power supply shroud, a gorgeous tempered glass side panel, and plenty of air flow. I was originally debating between the Phanteks P400s and the Evolv ATX, but I was concerned that front intake would be hindered in both of these cases. Once the Meshify C was released I knew it was going to be my case of choice. The tempered glass is on the darker side, however I am glad that is the case because the Corsair fans would be too bright in a case with a more transparent window. The only gripe I have with this case is I wish it were a bit longer as to accommodate a longer gpu and front mounted radiator. As of right now, my only option for possible future AIOs is to mount a 240 radiator on top or replace the gpu.
As I said earlier, I went with the 1080 instead of the 1080 ti so I could divert some of the money to the Corsair fans. While I know I will probably receive some criticism for this, it was worth it in my opinion. The 1080 can play every game I own at 1440p at high frame rates and even at 4k. My gaming preferences are more towards the casual side so a 1080 ti was not needed. This was already an astronomical upgrade over the nvs 4200m gpu in my old laptop.
Now before you ask, the seconds 960 evo ssd was purchased on accident and I did not notice it until the parts had shipped. Instead of returning it I decided to keep it as an extra drive to more steam storage. Had I noticed this mistake earlier, I would have either not purchased it or I would have gone with a 500gb ssd instead.
The wifi card was purchased to try to remedy a poor wifi connection. The motherboard wifi was giving me poor performance as was just not cutting it. Now that I have upgraded our router I can see this purchase was unnecessary, but it will hopefully help to future proof this pc.