This is my first ever PC build and it took me a well over 2 months to complete it. I had the initiative right after my old GTX 460 died. I use this PC mainly for gaming and also Photoshop. I bought most of the hardware from a retail shop nearby my place. Parts like the monitor and DVD drive are taken from my previous PC . Its, well, fast, sleek and silent.
I bought the ASUS Strix GTX 950 for starters and then went on with the MSI Z170M Mortar, Avexir Core 2400 DDR4 and the i5-6400. I had the idea of a black and red themed PC so that explains the color setup. A month or two later, I bought the PSU, AIO WC and also the Define R5.
I made a mistake by buying the GTX 950 just a little before the release of the GTX 10-series and also the RXs. I also did a base clock overclock of the 6400, pushing it to 4.2GHz and its pretty stable, hitting the low 60s under max load. The R5 gave me ample space to manage my cables which was brilliant. The Intel SSD and the Toshiba HDD are amazing.
I am using a push configuration for this build. 2 Fractal fans in the front and 1 CM SickleFlow at the bottom for intake. 1 CM SickleFlow at the back and also the 2 Corsair fans at the top for exhaust.
EDIT: I changed the AIO orientation to the front of the case to pull air in and one exhaust fan at the back of the case. I had to remove the other fans beacuse the dust accumulation was at a higher rate with all of them running.
I am still planning out for further upgrades but my university semester is about to start so I will need to hold the thought back. Until then Ill just settle down with this build. It has been really,really fun building my very first PC.
EDIT: I swapped out the GTX 950 for a GTX 1060 not too long ago and also got back my RMA'ed PSU but I still am not too happy with it. I removed the red sleeved LEDs and mounted them into my girlfriend's build. My old SA300 monitor was replaced with the BenQ GW2470 1080p monitor.
Planned to run with the 6500 but then stock ran out so I settled for this. Meets my needs and performs very well. Also got mine to clock at 4.5GHz stable.
Performs very well and keeps my CPU cool even under max load(OC'd). Doesnt even go pass 60 degrees celcius. Fans get a little noisy when in Performance setup. Might swap them for much silent ones.
A fair priced Z mobo which has almost everything I need. Only downside is that there is only one JUSB1 port so i had to use it for the AIO and not for the front USB 2.0 ports.
These sticks does the job. That is about it.
Well performing SDD. Boots up my system in a few seconds. Having no issues at all.
Its well priced, fast and reliable.
The particular 1060 that I got wasn't that OC friendly. After a few attempts, I decided to stick to running it at 2100MHz. It performs great and 1080p gaming was a breeze. Loving this card.
Wanted this case the very moment I laid eyes on them. Cable managing is so much easy. Almost tool-less and modular internal makes it so much easier to arrange tings your way. Love the look too. Never heard silence quite this loud. Certainly the type of case I'd go for.
I am still trying to get used to the huge display. For its price, it was a must buy. Displays are amazing.