Well, where do I start...
Initially started putting together a potential build at the beginning of December, based upon the i7 6700k an MSI Z170 gaming m7 and a GTX 1070. Everything was going swimmingly, I had found most of the parts that I needed and had read a million and one reviews on every single part as I'm brand new to all this.
Then I found my video card.
Just sitting there, on Amazon, at that price.
Now I'm fairly certain that the shop in Germany that was "new to amazon" got their exchange rates wrong or something, because after purchase I looked again and it was up to £616 and then a few days ago it jumped higher to £685. Still I had a 1080 I needed to get the most out of.
That is where things started to snowball, Kaby Lake came out and I managed to convince myself that even though it wasn't worth upgrading from Sky Lake if you already have it that I was building a new rig so why not just go for the quicker of the two?
That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the build, I probably had something cheaper in mind but the voices in my head are very convincing, 'hey its only £30 extra, whats £30?', or 'you've just saved a load on a video card, invest it somewhere else in the rig, it would be rude not to...'.
Ended up about £450 over my initial budget but then by the end I was just adding things to make it look pretty and damn the cost. I had slipped the surly bonds of financial restraint by then. I was even considering a water block for the video card.
Anyway back to what actually got built, watching the dancing lights of the HUE+ next to me I have no buyers remorse whatsoever. It looks brilliant, it runs at 5.05 Ghz stable and coming from a laptop 4k viewing is breathtakingly beautiful.
The NZXT fans however got a little lost but they plug straight into the same little box and link into whatever the lighting setup is doing at the time in a daisy chain formation, I'll probably update this with those pictures once installed, will allow me to move the current fans, one to go on top for a partial push/pull for the H100i v2 and one in the base just to suck up a little more cool air.