I needed (wanted) a computer that I could do anything with, and I didn't want to cut too many corners. I tend to do a lot of multitasking, and I am not really interested in 4K gaming right now, so I chose to allocate funds towards the i7, and not a GTX 1080.
So far I have been very pleased with this machine. It has performed well in my preliminary stress tests and benchmarks, and has stayed remarkably cool. I am still not sure that having the radiator fans pull is the best way to go, but a friend at work convinced me to try it out.
I got a lot of help from my girlfriend, who is a CS major, but still, I was surprised at how easy it was to build this. I do intend to work further on this build, but for now I am going to try to enjoy it for a bit.
Below are my brief thoughts on the components. I appreciate any comments or critique! (See below for my note on the fans).
CPU: As this was a build from scratch, I decided to go with the Kaby Lake, because they are basically the same price. I got it pretty cheap, using a code on Jet. So far I have been very impressed, it seems stable at a moderate overclock.
CPU COOLER: It has done its job well, ~32C idle, mid 70s during stress tests. I am not convinced that liquid cooling is really that superior at this price point, but I am not that knowledgeable on the topic. The Corsair Link software seems ok. The bolts for the fans are slightly too long.
MOBO: I am really impressed by this motherboard. Incredibly easy installation and set up, beautiful visuals, and all the features I need (or don't). I used the same discount on Jet to buy it well below its usual selling point.
MEMORY: It seems like a really good product. I kinda wish I had realized that there were RGB TridentZ coming out, but I still like the RAM. The paint goes really well with the red cable bar.
SSD: I am currently running the OS and most used programs on the Intel 600P. I may have got a little excited about an affordable NVMe option, as I have not noticed much of a difference between this and a normal SSD, but it has worked great, and it was really easy to install windows on it, which was my biggest fear. I have obstructed the view of it at the bottom right of the MOBO, as it is a dark green, and I was worried it might detract from the visuals. It is hard to see under the shadow of the huge GPU.
GPU: This 1070 has been a beast. I am currently only using it with an FHD monitor, so obviously it is having no trouble getting the frames out. It is very cool, quiet and large, and those things are probably related. Seriously, you will notice that it looks large for the case.
CASE: I really love this little case. I originally chose it when I was working on a budget build, but I decided to keep it. The matte paint does show smudges easily. If I had to choose again, I might have gone for something a tad roomier. If I were to add another GPU it would be teabagging the PSU space.
PSU: I found it on amazon on sale. Never looked back. It came in a felt bag! Everything about it really feels high quality.
CASE FANS: I have the SPs on radiator duty, and the AFs on exhaust. They are very quiet, and I have had no cooling issues so far. I switched the Corsair stickers around on the exhaust fans, as the back sticker is rather ugly.... My god. I just realized that I was dumb. I have the fans backward, as of writing this, so yeah, now I am switching all 4 fans, so that I have intake at the front, and exhaust at the back. Still, it was staying very cool! (The pictures show the old way).
After installation of the GPU I noticed a small amount of sag, so I quickly ordered the coolermaster GPU brace, so that it wouldn't have a chance to get worse over time. The brace is very sturdy, and was easy to install.