My first custom built PC. Been a long time Mac user (please don't hate, Macs are just better for my line of work), and decided to get a PC after a few trips to PAX Prime inspired me to get back onto PC gaming (use to PC game a lot back in the Diablo II and C&C Red Alert Days, then switched to Playstation for well over a decade and a half). Went about looking to build a gaming and media centric PC and ended up also going for aesthetics.
Case: In Win 805 - Once I saw this case I instantly fell for it despite its steep price tag and bad airflow. In hindsight I wish I had chosen a different case. Not only is the airflow REALLY terrible, its a difficult case to work with, especially when mounting the front fans and HDD cage. Ideally I would leave the HDD cage at the bottom to allow the fan to blow directly onto the GPU but that meant I would literally have no intake fans. As well for whatever reasons In Win decided that if the HDD cage were to be mounted on the fan mounts, it should be arranged to block as much airflow as possible >_<! As well, there is no bottom vent for the PSU fan, thus you are FORCED to put the PSU fan side up, also negatively affecting airflow. Well at least it looks pretty, especially the tempered glass...
Motherboard: Gigabyte Gaming 7 Z170. I was originally going to go with a ASUS board to make my build white and blue, but I really didn't want to pay the ASUS tax, so decided to go with the Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7, it provided all the features I needed and some added ones like some extra LED RGB lighting on the board and I/O shield. Overall couldn't be happier. The red/white/black colour scheme ended up influencing my decisions for the other components
CPU: intel i7 6700k - Nothing to complain about its a great CPU that was a breeze to overclock (OC it to 4.5Ghz no problem). It is definitely not the bottleneck in my system.
GPU: MSI R9 390x 8GB - I was originally going to go for a GTX 980Ti, but I wasn't willing a) to pay an extra $400 for the GPU, b) plus an extra $400 to get the G-Sync version of the monitor I wanted and c) and pay a premium for a GPU when the next gen GPUs are just around the corner. Overall its a good card. I have no trouble playing most of my games at max settings and getting 60-75fps. It does run hot which is a problem for this case especially. It is also a thick card taking up 2.5 slots, but at least its one of the shortest R9 390s which was another thing I had to consider because of the case as I definitely could not fit a longer card in this case thanks to the location of the HDD cage.
RAM: 32gb (4x8gb) G.Skill Trident Z GDDR4 3200mhz. Probably overkill, but I might do some rendering on this computer later on so decided just to go for it. Fast and easy to overclock!
SDD: 1024GB (2x 512GB in RAID0) Samsung 850 Pro. Nothing to complain about! Blazing fast load times.
HDD: 4TB (2x 4TB in RAID1) WD Blue Hybrid. Unfortunately SSDs are still not cheap enough to warrant not having a HDD for the extra storage. Nothing to complain about, the Hybrid SSD seems to help with loading things faster.
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X41 - Great cooler that seems to do the job despite the poor airflow in the case, CPU never goes above 60 degrees. Also love the RGB LED on the pump. There does seem to be a bug with the CAM software that controls it however where it keeps thinking the CPU fans are not running :/
PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000PS - Overkill I know, but this was on sale on black Friday so i couldn't pass it up. Great PSU unit that can run on silent mode (fan doesn't spin) if you want but I never find the PSU fan to be loud enough to hear.
Case Fans: Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC - DAMN these fans move alot of air. They are expensive but you definitely get quality products from Noctua. Phanteks PH-F120SP - got these mostly for the LED and white fans. I wanted a fan with LEDs and was tempted by the Thermaltake RIING fans, but the airflow specs looked terrible on them so decided to go with the Phanteks as they had both LED and good airflow. Just wish they were PWM though.
Monitor: Acer Predator XR34- Not the G-sync version but the Free-Sync version (ugh why can't Nvidia and AMD just work together to make it one type!!!) I really wanted a curved ultrawide that was good for gaming and had at least 3440by1440 resolution which the Acer Predator X34 fits those requirements really nicely. However I also decided I really didn't want to spend over $1500CD on a monitor, so went with the cheaper XR34 version with Free-sync which ultimately made me have to get a AMD GPU instead of a Nvidia GPU. Im also capped at 75hz instead of 100hz, but in the end I can't complain. Its a beautiful monitor and gaming on it is awesome!!!
PSU Cables and RGB LED strip: Custom made by Icemodz. Can't say enough about how awesome the guys at Icemodz are. The cables and LED strip are top quality and the guys over at Icemodz are easy to get in contact with if you have any special requests (such as custom length PSU cables and custom soldered LED strips). Highly recommend these guys for any of your custom PSU cables and LED strip needs!!!