I initially intended to go with the Reddit PcMasterRace "End-All" build with a couple of modifications. However after some research (and deciding I wanted an actual color scheme) I decided to make a PC that could handle newer games running at 1080p. I then upgraded my i5 6500 to a 6600k because the ability to overclock for only $40 more just keeps my machine relevant for longer. I then decided I needed water-cooling after reading reviews and doing more research on the 6600K as well as Z-170 boards in general. Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro is installed and runs wonderfully on the SSD. Boot up is approximately 6-7 seconds, maybe less. Tech Source's "Big Red" build was also a huge inspiration and was behind my decision to go with the NZXT, several case fans, and the H100i v2 instead of something like the Kraken (also the reviews for the H100i seemed a little better). I consider Tech Source a pretty reliable authority on airflow so my case fans are set up the exact same way. The intake fan at the back of my case is LED simply for a little bit of added flair ;D
tldr; Tech source was a big inspiration, I went over my initial budget, and I wanted a 1080p gaming machine that could overclock in the future. It came out really clean (much better than I thought it would) and I'm really happy with it :)
Edit: Fixed picture orientations! And also added part reviews :)
Runs beautifully! My CPU usage is at something like 80 or 90% with games at max settings @1080p. This is with my GPU at 100%-99% usage and before overclocking so its amazing! Works great and easy install of course.
Oh man I can't remember the specs off the top of my head but at 70%-90% usage I don't believe my temps ever go over 55 C. Great cooler with wonderful aesthetic. Works great in my case especially with the ability to replace the stock fans with fans of your own choosing. Love it! Edit: Also the stock fans are pretty loud according to some reviews and 70% of owners apparently switch them out with colored ring SP120's. I ended up doing that as well and it was as simple as installing a fan.
Was my first time ever booting a motherboard and with my ISO for windows plugged into it on first boot the first thing I saw on my monitor was the Windows Install page!! Couldn't be happier and the board rivals the M5 for features and aesthetic but at almost $40 less if you get it for a decent price. Works great in a Black/Red build without punching you in the face with more red :)
Not much to say about RAM. My BIOS was able to use it fine despite me reading that MSI boards don't play well with G. Skill every now and then. It could be that I haven't entered my BIOS yet to enable XMP so maybe I'll run some tests soon. These cards are a shiny red so beware! Any bright colors in your case will make them shine brighter. If I could I might go with a more Matte red next time but that's my fault not the RAM's.
WOOO lightning fast! I have a Macbook Pro that is equipped with an SSD and this one is still noticeably fast! My PC is booting up in less than 7 seconds and it's wonderful. Startup programs are a joke now (besides MSI Gaming App but apparently that'll never be fixed :P).
Not much to say its an HDD. I'm writing things to it fine and when creating an alternate drive through windows there were no problems. It's a bit worrying that there is no back plate though. A board essentially makes up the bottom of the HDD.
Oh man can't say enough about this card. Runs Overwatch and Battlefield 1 @1080pat +70 FPS most of the time with both at max settings. Played Battlefield for something like 4 hours and my temps never got past 62 C. There's plenty of headroom for overclocking with temps and performance like this at factory clock settings. Can't wait top dive into this bad boy.
Beautiful case! Right when you start thinking that there's too many cables and not enough space you find more space. Cable management was a breeze and the inside of the case is very roomy . Also excellent airflow! If TechSource moving a build from an H440 to an S340 and getting lower temps doesn't convince then I sure can't. Also the power LED is red and there is no reset input for your motherboard so don't freak out!
Not sure exactly how I would rate a power supply. It is sold as semi-modular but is essentially modular besides the PIN cable that goes into your motherboard (that must make it semi). It is the only intake for my build besides the LED fan and I am getting excellent temperatures under load. Thank you EVGA :)
Very nice looking fan and it puts out air like a beast. I am using it as an exhaust for the top of my case and anytime my hands get too sweaty I can always just place them over the top end of my case and solve the issue in a few seconds xD
Very easy to use and the different color rings are what sold me. That and TechSource uses them often! Used them to replace the stock fans on my H100i v2. Apparently that's the thing to do and I couldn't agree more!
Its a red LED fan what can I say. Make sure you watch unboxing videos for LED fans is all I can say. The light from this fan essentially goes off in four directions while LED fans like Thermaltake tend to look more like a ring shape and are a bit more encompassing in light. It's a good fan so far however and may perform a bit better. If I ever get tired of looking at it I might change it but I don't see that happening soon.