This is my 3D rendering/entertainment setup. I recently moved to America and I finally wanted to have my own high end rig. Back in my country I built a lot of rigs for my friends but due to space issues I always used laptops myself. So I simply had to go badass on everything this time around. I have a white/blue/black theme going on which is accented by my custom sleeved cablemod cables & the RGB LEDs of my casefans, CPU cooler, motherboard, GPU & additional cablemod LED strips, all breathing in white and blue respectively. I made parts of the desk myself & painted the tabletop in white to match my setup but I'll get an IKEA trio Linnmon corner setup in white after we moved. The prices that you see are after taxes, I hunted all of them down on Black Friday or other special promos. Every component is brand new. The $0.00 ones like SP fans and windows license were presents from friends. Market Prices + TAX-wise for everything would have looked at $3300 according to PCPP.
Here are my parts.
I have 5 Skylake i7s myself and I could never switch to Kaby Lake. It has the exact same architecture and kills Windows 7 support, no go for me. I'm in absolute love with Skylake and excited what Skylake-X & X299 will offer.
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52
What can I say? Do I overclock to 5.0 GHz and need the X52? No, don't want to reduce the lifetime of my chip. However, it is the most amazing looking liquid cooler on the market. Could not go with the X62 due it clearance issues with the RAM as I wanted to install the radiator in the top so that all 3 SP RGB fans in the front can be seen. Cons: CAM software won't recognize the Kraken now and then, had been a common issue for a while & there is no update from NZXT yet.
Motherboard: ASUS Z270E STRIX
I had to go with the AURA-verse. I'm in love with ASUS motherboards and Graphics Cards anyways and when I saw the Z270 lineup in CES I fell in love. It has all the features you want including multiple M.2 slots, Wi-Fi & BT with external antennas as well as a advanced power phase delivery. Could have gotten with the Hero but would have lost the Wi-Fi which I do need in the current apartment. (Didn't want to go with a Wi-Fi card as I only need it temporarily) Cons: I wish it'd have the same steel plated PCIe & possibly RAM slots like some ASRock & MSI motherboards did and a completely white version would be the cherry on top.
Memory: Corsair LPX DDR4-3200 2x8GB
Wow, did memory prices raise. This time last year there was the same kit in black available for $55 at 2400MHz. Well, that's how the Market evolved. I love the low profile and reliability of LPX memory. I really would have wanted the G.SKILL TridentZ RGB for my rig however it is too tall & would have interfered with my top mounted rad so I had to go with these. Still very happy with them.
Main Drive: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB
It is significantly faster than the 950 Pro at almost half the price. Would be ridiculous not to go with it. Yes you do lose MLC and get TLC instead but 960 EVOs are reliable chips so I don't worry. I'm using it as my OS drive for Win10, Win7 & Ubuntu. My most important programs as well as drivers live here too.
Secondary drive: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
This drive is used for other programs that I still want to be fast in loading times but don't have priority. In other words my games, iTunes etc. I hardly game at all due to school & work but it's nice to know your system is capable of anything if you wanted too.
Storage Drive: Seagate 2TB SSHD
I love flash chips. Even though I know that the 8GB cache in these will not affect most transfers, I still wanted to have a piece of flash in my HDD so that's why I went with it.
Video Card: ASUS STRIX 1070 OC & EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3
Alright, what I probably ever only need is a 960. When Nvidia showed off the Pascal architecture and how the GP104 in both forms of 1070 and 1080 could beat the Maxwell TITAN X at 1/3 of the price, I just had to go with a 1070. The ASUS STRIX OC being my favorite one. I only wish I'd come in white & that the LEDs would be more consistent throughout the card and color accurate. When Nvidia unveiled their 1080 Ti based of GP102 & that it would beat the first Pascal TITAN XP at half the price, I got very excited. When EVGA showed off their FTW3 version I could not stop myself but get one. Currently I have her in the system. I will see and decide if I can draw any advantages from her, if yes then I'll keep her in my system. Otherwise I couldn't be happier with the 1070. Cons of FTW3: They should have ditched the DVI connector like the FE and have similar endings as well as the same "side display" as the FTW2, as that is truly the most beautiful & elegant "side display" on the market. One thing with the market right now: Literally the same day I bought my 1070 STRIX, I could have gotten a Gigabyte 1080 for $10 more. 1080 prices have dropped a lot where 1070 didn't fall at all. I'm waiting for VEGA to drop 1080 prices even more and probably upgrade to a 1080 Strix or if EVGA announces a FTW3 1080 in the future.
I got a really good deal on the 1070 Strix, so that is the one that I am going to keep. Price is adjusted in the price list.
Case + Case Fans: Corsair 460X + SP120 RGB fans
When I saw it, I fell in love. Perfect proportions, dust filters everywhere and it has elegance. I wish they made a white version (like they have a white 400C) However, the case should be taller. Many people will install 240mm rads and they look awful in the front because of symmetry reasons so the top is the best location, however you will not have clearance for new higher profile memory kits. The case being taller also enables them putting rubber grommets under the motherboard for accessing the bottom mobo connections. Overall, they should make a new revision with the beauty of an optimized 570X but the functionality of the 460X. About the SP fans: They are not 16.8 million color RGB, so they don't have the blue that matched my theme. Additionally, they don't have a USB header, so they are not software controllable. You can only control them through buttons which I think is very primitive. Also they are not PWM (probably so the fans are always at high rpm so that the lighting can bleed better through the blades)
PSU: Corsair RM850x
Do I need this much wattage? No, however if 1070s will become super cheap one day after Volta release, why not go SLI? I'm in love with the modular design and the 3 levels of connectors which makes it work with custom sleeved cables in a cramped case like this. The fan is mostly silent.
Monitor: LG 29UC88
I fell in love with Ultrawide monitors for productivity and multitasking. The panel is IPS with high color accuracy and it covers over 99% of the sRGB color spectrum. The included speakers are a nice addition for temporary usage. The slight curve is very pleasing and is easy on the eyes. (Comparing to the extreme 1500R curve of Samsung's new 34" VA Quantum Dot Panel) As it is an extended 24" monitor the pixel ratio for 2560x1080 is fully satisfying and I cannot see any pixels from a regular working distance. 34" Ultrawide may be a little too big for my given scenario. The stand is fully height adjustable, it is VESA mountable and the monitor, chassis and stand are matt, which reduces reflections. It is also bezel less.
Keyboard: Logitech Orion G810 Spectrum
I love Cherry Blue switches as they are very satisfying but they are way too loud for my apartment environment. I was trying out the Romer-G switches and I'm surprised how satisfying they feel and how quiet they are at the same time. They are being compared to the Cherry Speed/Silver switches which I hate because of their extremely short travel distance but I have to say it didn't cause me any issued with the G810. The RGB looks amazing of course. Sometimes you can hear the spring in the switches if you press and release too fast.
Mouse: Logitech Proteus G502
Amazing feeling mouse with the most accurate sensor, what else do you need?
Headphones: Logitech G933
I fell in love with it's wireless functionality but at the same time delivering very immersive and powerful virtual surround sound. The RGB looks gorgeous but I also wish they had integrated bluetooth for your phone (iPhone 7 peasant)
I also ordered custom sleeved cables from cablemod which ended up looking fantastic. They were shipped in a plastic bag which I found weird for the high price of both the cables and the shipping. They don't have the curve like some super premium extensions do (these are the full PSU cables must be said) but you can make curves yourself if you have many cablecombs. Them only offering 28 pin cablecombs to my Corsair PSU is a little foolish in my opinion as I don't need the combs at my PSU end but rather in the front 24 pin part obviously. I'm happy with the LED strip although the white has a pink accent (just like the STRIX GPU)
EDIT: Microphone: Blue Yeti - Whiteout
I got a great deal on the Blue Yeti Mic as well, so it's part of my setup now. Had to go with white for obvious reasons. Best Microphone in the sub-studio category. Could not be happier with the sound quality and feature set. Price adjusted in the part list.
Overall I can't complain. I love my system.