Hello, my name is Dare and I am a gameaholic. My goal of this build is to feed my 144hz monitor as many frames as possible.
CPU Why did I go with a 7700k over a 7700 you may ask? Is it to overclock? No, actually it was because for $20 more I would get 4.2GHz over the 3.6GHz out of the box processor. Regardless of whether you are planning on overclocking or not $20 for a +14% increase is pretty good IMO. If price is a big factor in your build then the 7700 does come with a stock cooler which will shave off a few bucks for you as well.
Cooler When my parts came in I excitedly ripped open the boxes and started building. However, there was a snag when I was transferring my Corsair H100i from my AMD build over to this. See, the Corsair's box was left in Los Angeles during my move and in that box was a crucial component, a mounting bracket for an Intel socket. Wanting to get the computer up and running by that night, I ran to Best Buy. Unfortunately, they only had two choices in stock. An ugly and inefficient 212 Evo or a Corsair H100i v2. Needless to say I went with the H100i v2.
I do want to note that I am at my desk 6 days a week, 15 hours a day, and cooling and fan noise are important to me. While a Cryorig H7 would work just find with the 7700k, it would be a bit louder and run 10C hotter. I am currently running 56 C in game and my GPU is louder than my radiator.
Motherboard I went with the Asus PRIME not to overclock but because of wanting to keep with the white and black theme. Also, the Asus also allows my ram to work at 3000mhz. I did recently build my fiancee a budget gaming rig with the Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H and that motherboard looks really clean for a half the price of this Asus PRIME board. However, you would be giving up some RGB and the ability to overclock.
Memory As noted above I recently built a budget gaming PC and Team makes some good 2400 ram called Vulcan if you were looking to save 25-30 dollars. It also looks quite spiffy. They also have a lifetime warranty but I went with Corsair for no reason in particular other than name.
Storage I store all my pictures of videos in a cloud along with 2 cloned hard drives that I keep out of my computer. 500 SSD was perfect for my needs although, storage needs differ from person to person.
GPU The GTX 1080 is a perfect match with the 7700k. It only is a 1% GPU "bottleneck" if you would even call it that. It is nearly a perfect balance.
Case A black and white tempered glass mid tower on sale for $74.99. um... YEAH!
PSU Great rating and reliability. Plenty of power.
Taxes I have a 5% cash rewards card. Since the tax rate is 7% I took the difference (2%) and added it to the taxes since I did not see a way to easily add 5% cash back onto the build.
I want to note a few things. I transferred my Windows 10 copy to this computer by logging into my Microsoft account so it was free. The SanDisk was to install my OS and the Noctua fans came from my old build. The Noctua's go onto the Corsair rad and REALLY quiet things up. In my old build the fans were hidden now they are not. If I were to have to buy new fans for the H100i V2 I would go with Phanteks Static Pressure fans to keep in sync with the color scheme or really any other Static Pressure fans that aren't brown even if I were to sacrifice a bit of airflow.
Note that under load temps are under NORMAL gaming load not stress testing.