This was my first computer build ever. I had a lot of help in choosing some of the specifics (brands, lines, etc), but I started with a very clear idea of what I wanted—a powerful enthusiast gaming build that I could upgrade as I please. That's how I settled on the i7-6700K and the GTX 1070. Everything else was details.
Lightning Fast, an absolute house.
All the ports I needed, a very clear layout, and helpful socket arrangement for audio, usb, fans, and SATA. It's a tough board, too, which is good because I had trouble getting the mounting standoffs lined up with the IO shield in place. Pushed a lot harder than I felt comfortable doing, but there was no real workaround. The IO shield foam will compress while mounted, from what I read, but it was a load to put in.
Gorgeous in white, 16GB, 2666. Was perfect.
Got a tip from a friend about M.2, so I figured I'd give it a shot. My boot time is ridiculous. Just be aware that Samsung doesn't include a lockdown screw, so you'll have to hope that your MOBO or case manufacturer did or go pick one up from a local hardware store.
This GPU is probably the best performance per dollar 1070 I've seen. Asus does the work of overclocking the GPU for you, and you can usually find them for a similar price to Founder's Edition or other aftermarket GPUs. I benched my complimentary copy of Gears of War 4 at 60fps at 1080p with maxed out settings. It's the most beautiful gaming I've ever done.
It's a beautiful design, which makes it a fun visual accent piece in my living room, and it's got plenty of room for cable management. Even as a newb, I was able to efficiently utilize the grommets on the back and the roomy gap between the back panel of the interior and the side panel. There were some weird problems with fan placement in this case, but they were also really easy to solve. The 200mm fan on the top of the case is super in the way of a double 120mm radiator, but NZXT provides a bracket to mount the H100i v2 up against the 200mm fan in push-pull. I highly recommend getting an additional case fan or two to improve air intake. I have an additional 140mm under the optical drive bays, next to the HD trays, for air intake, but I could see putting 2 additional 200mm fans in, one exhaust on top and one intake on the side, and a second 140mm fan in the drive bay area. I'll add that the fan controller sliders on the top are a fantastic out-of-the-box feature.