I needed a new machine for school work (programming and running virtual machines) as well as for gaming and photography. This build allows me to do all that at incredible speeds!
The build went relatively well (it was my first one so I have no comparison).
Comments on individual parts:
Intel Xeon E5-1650 V4: An amazing processor that's basically an i7-6850K without overclocking. I really didn't want to overclock and I've heard rumors that Xeons are more durable so I went with the Xeon over the i7-6850K.
Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Fan: Very quiet fan given to me by a friend. Keeps my CPU ice cold.
MSI X99A Raider: Support for everything I need with upgrade capability (more RAM, multiple graphics cards, etc.).
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (x2): Good quality RAM with ECC support. Since my motherboard has 8 DIMM slots, I may upgrade to more later.
Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB: Cheap SSD, fast read speeds, reasonably fast write speeds.
Seagate Barrcuda 1TB Hard Drive (x2): Good cheap hard drives. In RAID 1 in case one fails at some point.
Asus GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Turbo: Amazing graphics performance for the price. Very quiet even with a significant overclock.
Corsair Carbide Quiet 600Q: Great case, extremely quiet. You cannot hear anything when case is closed. Very durable Steel exterior. Worth the higher price.
Corsair CX550M PSU: Cheap power supply. Slightly noisy, short cables. Functional, but not recommended.
LG DVD/CD Writer: Quality optical drive.