Multipurpose PC. It actually started in early 2017 as an i5-7600k/GTX 1060 6GB price:performance gaming rig, and as I slowly upgraded all the parts, it became an entirely new machine. I recently upgraded the last bit - changed my CPU cooler to the brand-new and powerful H115i Pro from Corsair - and I think I'm done doing serious upgrades for a while.
- Gaming: I like to play competitive Overwatch and StarCraft II, as well as a variety of noncompetitive AAA games, notably including recent demanding titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. My priority is being able to play these games at 1080p 120fps+ and very high to max settings. The GTX 1080 is, I think, the perfect choice for this purpose.
- Streaming: I casually stream on Twitch (@jenyer_) and I take pride in my stream quality. The i7-8700K easily handles x264 900p/60fps at 6000 kb/s and fast preset, for any game I want to play. I also use OBS to record 1080p video and sometimes edit clips in Adobe Premiere.
- Music archiving: I collect FLACs and often use dBpoweramp to mass transcode into different MP3 formats. Having a large amount of initial storage and room for expansion is important for the former, having a powerful multicore CPU is important for the latter.
I got slightly unlucky with the silicon lottery on mine and need 1.35V to run a stable 5.0 GHz OC, but it's a monster CPU even at stock speeds. The hyperthreading is worth every penny over the i5-8600K for any multicore-heavy workloads.
Insanely quiet AIO. Paired with two be quiet! Silent Wings 3 140mm fans, it is inaudible at full load and beats large air coolers (e.g. the Dark Rock Pro 3) in noise:performance ratio.
Solid motherboard with great features, and surprisingly good onboard sound if you're interested in that. My only issue was that I experienced problems using the first M.2 slot and chose to use the second slot to cut my troubleshooting process short, but it's fine otherwise. I particularly like that the USB 3.0 connector is horizontal, so it's very easy to plug in the front panel cable; it also comes with an easy adapter for the tiny front panel connectors.
Paid $115 for this in January 2017. Definitely the kit to get if you want a heatspreader that won't have clearance issues with any CPU cooler. There's a reason this is the most popular RAM at the moment.
Bought this as my initial boot drive. Best SATA SSD out there (after the new 860 EVO).
The speed upgrade on this from the SATA-based 850 EVO is noticeable. Definitely worth it if you have money to burn.
Massive space, great performance. This is the newer variant (ST4000DM004): don't be confused by the number on the ST4000DM005, it is in fact older.
Great 1TB HDD despite being a bit of an older model. I'll eventually upgrade to a second Seagate 4TB, but this one's the undisputed king if you're specifically looking for a 1TB home-use HDD.
Twin Frozr VI is one of the quietest and most powerful cooler designs being produced for the current generation of GPUs. Highly recommend any Gaming X card.
Compact, really quiet, and a dream to build in. It has cable routing holes in the front for anything you can think of, and great cable management features in the back. It is warm, but I recommend the Meshify C if sound-dampening is less of a priority to you than airflow/temperature.
I trust everything in the SuperNOVA line by EVGA. Legendary PSUs.
Wireless Network Adapter
Extremely stable connection over 5GHz to a router located 2 floors below me. Definitely worth it over most cheaper PCI-E WiFi adapters.
Despite its age, this is still one of the best gaming monitors out there. Default color settings aren't fantastic, but with LightBoost and some tweaks in the Nvidia control panel, I was able to get it looking the way I want.