After 3 months of indecision I finally pulled the trigger and built a new gaming system.
This system (yet to be named) is to replace my aging 7 year old rig, which was running an i7 860, 8 gig of ram and a pair of antiquated Radeon HD 7770's I had picked up free when my (now forgotten model) gpu had died.
I had a budget of $2000, I was "relatively" modest and came up at $1840 Australian.
Very happy with the build, for the first time ever I had no issues whatsoever.
I plan to throw a fan controller in and something to make everything pretty. Still got that last $160 burning a hole in my pocket :).
For budgetary reasons I considered the i5 6600k , however I want this system for the long haul (and I was in budget) so decided on the i7 6700k.
Shying away from water cooling, this cpu cooler is legendary , relatively cheap AND matches my case brand. Win / Win / Win. I got a temp of 31 °C on innitial boot, but I have since put the GPU in there so will need to do more testing for more accurate figures.
Took off 1 star because I found it hard to read the instructions. True its probably just me being dumb. Once I threw away the instructions + opened up a youtube guide there was no problems.
Good well rounded motherboard, first brought to my attention reading manirelli's Excellent Gaming Build Guide on pcpartpicker. Only has 3 fan controllers but I plan to put a fan hub in so no problems there.
Toyed with the idea of blue flashing RAM, decided to go neutral black and add color later.
Slightly overkill considering I have a 1080p monitor. Big, powerful, pretty, and the one that was on sale at time of purchase.
60fps in Doom with all settings on max. So pretty !
I had initially been very interested in ITX form-factor, with the 2 leading contenders the Corsair 380T & NZXT Mantra. However concerns about adequate air cooling & limited expandability eventually had me looking at mATX cases.
After being unimpressed with all the mATX options available I stumbled across the Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 3 & it was love at first sight.
Aesthetically its a good looking case*, it has loads of room to work (easily best building experience I'v had) & true to the "Make It Yours" Cooler Master philosophy I found it very enjoyable to configure it how I want. I have moved the SSD caddy behind the motherboard, and plan to remove the bottom floor soon. (System so new I haven't even removed plastic from the side panel yet.)
*Full disclosure, my last system was a Cooler Master ACTS 840, so I may be a little biased.
Kind of overkill, but hey one day I might buy 2 new power hungry GPU's and I'd be dark I scrimped on PSU's to save $30. Model picked due to all the pcpartpicker good reviews.