After three different builds under the same name I finally managed to put together something that I can be proud and happy with. The last two iterations of my build, while great, just didn't satisfy me as much. Yeah I know it's another black and red build, but what can you do they are two colors that go well together (I splashed in a little white with the MOBO.) The theme is more or less focused around the show RWBY, specifically the shows main (and my favorite) character Ruby Rose. If you couldn't tell by the vinyl decal on the case, the wallpaper, and the one poster that was in shot (I have the other three that go along with it) I like the show.
I use this build for mostly gaming, general productivity, and light photo editing from time to time. Works perfect for all of those things, and I have yet to be disappointed with this machine. The GTX 1070 is a great card for the price, and was a big upgrade over my old 750 ti that served me well. I realize the one thing this build lacks right now is proper storage. I have plans to add another large volume hard drive and replace the SATA SSD boot drive with an M.2 in the near future.
For those curious about the desk it is more of less the overdone, but still gorgeous, IKEA Alex drawers and counter top combo. In this case my counter top is actually one I got from Lumber Liquidators, and then spent three days sanding, staining, and varnishing myself. The lamps are also from IKEA, and they each have a Phillips Hue bulb inside of them. The salt baskets are just some generic ones I got off of Amazon for a reasonable price. All the lights and lamps in my room, plus the monitors and my Soundsticks, can be controlled by an Echo Dot. Laziness for the win am I right?
Peripherals are the Razer Blackwidow Chroma X Tournament Edition and the Logitech G602 (which will soon be getting upgraded to the Razer Epic Naga Chroma). Monitors are the Asus MX279H.
I've had this CPU in my past two builds and it is great. When the 7700K came out I thought about upgrading, but then I figured why should I spend more money when my CPU is perfectly fine. Had no problems taking it to 4.65 GHz. Performs well in all tasks and doesn't get very hot.
Keeps my CPU cool and looks cool. The price is also a plus.
Brought over from my previous build. Overall it is a good board, but I do have one gripe with it. Do to some kind of bug with the LAN drivers that for the life of me I couldn't fix, the Ethernet port gave out on me after about 3 months of having it. After I toiled with it for a solid day I gave up trying to fix it and bought a PCIe card.
Great RAM. Budget friendly. I also put this same kit in my roommates build because I liked it so much. Have no plans to upgrade to anything else for a long time.
Have used this drive as the OS drive for three builds now. I'll admit that I should've bought the 240 GB version instead of this one. It filled up fast even with just Windows on it, and of course that means slowed down performance. It was great when I first bought it, but it is starting to get sluggish. Would probably just recommend getting the 240 GB over this one unless you are on a tight budget.
Best budget friendly drive on the market. This drive has been my mass storage for three builds now, and though it is getting close to full and I plan to upgrade to a much larger drive, I could not recommend it more. I have put this drive in three different friends builds along with my own. It serves it's purpose well, and doesn't cost that much. What's not to like about that?
Fantastic card. Not only does it perform well, but it fit well with my theme.
Gorgeous case. I wish I would've bought this one a long time ago instead of my two previous Corsair cases. Was pretty easy to build in, and the tempered glass is just great. I will admit that it is a fingerprint magnet and I find that I am always cleaning it. If fingerprints bother you then you may want to stay away.
Modular, no ketchup and mustard cables, and budget friendly.
Wired Network Adapter
Again had to buy because the LAN port on my MOBO gave out on me. Works perfectly fine and didn't cost an arm and a leg. I've bought quite a few of TP-Links products, and they make some good stuff in my opinion
Great fans, though I'll admit that they are a bit loud even at idle. Also the light doesn't actually really provide a lot of internal lighting, they are really just for aesthetics.
I toiled between this and some CabelMod extensions. In the end these were more budget friendly and they had the colors I was looking for. Great quality for the price, and they come with cable combs, which is nice.
Perfect if you have a Phanteks case with LED headers. One gripe is that some of the magnets are a little weak sauce on one of the strips.