So, to be honest I had only been searching and selecting parts for a good 3 months. But for my needs I think I am well covered. The aim: 1440p gaming for recent titles plus (hopefully xD) the ones that come out in the 3 (-4ish?) years to come.
I have to give a big shout out to three good friends of mine who, even during our uni exams and part-time jobs, found the time to advise me when I had questions on parts, performance etc. One of those was present during the build. At first I was hoping he would be of more help, but he abstained, saying that it is my PC and therefore best for me to learn on my own from what I had gathered over those 3 months of searching and watching videos. I now am grateful and bow down before his wisdom. (To be fair, he was very relaxed. Everytime I asked if this or that would be better he just laughed and said Yolo... it was a bit annoying and resulted in a lot of facepalms, but I learned not to be too afraid of what might go wrong and just trust and feel xD
And so it was built. I have no idea what normal temperature ranges are for each part so I just posted some values after using CAM to monitor them. Couldn't find the ASUS software for that or i may have misplaced it :P
Well, that's it folks. Thought i should write my build, seeing as so many other people who made theirs were very helpful in my choice-making and attitude to have toward building my own PC.
Glad to hear anything you have to say, keep in mind, I am awestruck like a child in wonder at the pc because it has exceeded my humble peasant expectations so know that I am still a noob as far as building PCs are ; )
EDIT: I have moved the top turtle a bit more to the left so as not to impeed the airflow being sucked from the front of the case. Oh, and did I mention 4/5 of those cute tiny turtles have bobble-heads?! XD
Have to say I'm quite pleased so far. After a few hours of running GTA V i noticed a max CPU temp of 71. Dunno if that is too high or not. I have set the Q-Fan for the CPU and case fans on Turbo. The silent/standard options seemed to conservative to my protective mama feelings over my new baby.
Has more than what i need for my daily purposes and a bit of RGB on the top left side of the mobo. Aura works well on it, though I haven't connected any LEDs yet.
I think for my purposes (gaming, watching videos, torrenting and the odd CAD design assignment) it is more than enough. Hasn't let me down and I don't think it will for a long time.
I chose this SSD for the appealing price for the storage capacity. Wanted to keep quite a few of the more demanding games on it (watch dogs 2, gta V, AC Syndicate)
The WD Blue 1TB doesn't need any explaining I think. 2TB was too much for me on a HDD. Wouldn't mind that on a SSD though XD
I got to say, I love the case. Didn't have any issues with cable management, I may have used one to many zipties and velcro straps but the back case slid in place effortlessly. The window is what made me buy it and the fact that it wasn't as big as the 600C means it can sit on my desk without being too much of an eyesore.
Pretty standard PSU, smaller wattage than others, but well enough for my uses/needs. Can't really go wrong with a PSU if it's 80+ atleast. They are also from be quiet! so the quality guarantee is there.
The keyboard was on sale, a great plus for me since i never had a mechanical keyboard up till now. I was using laptops only capable of games like LoL and the like... So for me this is a huge difference. The huge actuation distance I still find I need to get used to. Oddly I mistype only when not blindtyping, which is really annoying because I usually don't blindtype for fear of mistyping xD I had also bought some cheap typewriter keycaps compatible with cherry switches. They all fit nicely except the right alt button which I will probably sub with an extra from the set.
I used to have **** speakers. Usually hand me downs from my mother's office whenever they moved buildings xD I have to say these were a breath of fresh air, while at the same time capable of Fus-ro-Dah -ing me to oblivion. For gaming and listening of my fave tracks and sets in the deep house/tech house/minimal/tribal areas, these have proven to be great.