UPDATE: I now have new, better pictures of my pc up here, I tried to get as many pictures as i could throughout the whole process! ENJOY!
This here is my first custom pc build I have ever undergone, and it was an absolute blast and joy to build even though I had encountered some minor issues along the way, this here is the 3rd-ish revision that I have made to the computer since the idea first came to life and i started building midway through the month of May 2016.
My goal when building this computer was to get the most overkill extreme computer I could in the smallest form factor that I could due to the limited space I have, and for portability. I did not want to have a super large case sitting on my floor or desk so a small case is was. Also the perk of less weight to carry around was nice. I will be using this pc as an everyday driver, playing games and doing some 3d modeling and rendering with the potential of video and image editing.
NOTE: Sorry about the blurry pictures, i will have a good camera here in a week or so and i will post much much better pictures! :D
SHORT VERSION: This here is an Intel 6700k overclocked to 4.6 GHz with a GTX 1080 FTW from Evga overclocked to 2126mhz both watercooled with 480mm of effective radiator, what I had wanted to do was put the most high power hardware in this case and I was able to accomplish it with a full length and wide GPU with full watercooling all around, with the full loadout of RGB LEDs everywhere I could have them. (Fans, LED strips, keyboard, and mouse) So far everything is working wonderfully and I couldn't be happier
LONG VERSION: In order to make this build possible I had saved up some money for a good long while till i could get the majority of the parts needed for the start of the project. (excluding the GTX 1080 FTW and the Watercooling) When the plans for the build was in the works I planned on putting a 980ti in there, but I had decided to wait till the 1080 was released.
So now the we got the basic history and the reasoning build out of the way, lets get on the the parts I chose and why.
CASE: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop First to start it all off, the case. Inspired by Jayz2cents build in the Fractal Design Define Nano S I was amazed at how much could fit in this case and I loved it, but I did look at other cases on the market at the time and I came to conclusion that this was the case I was going to use and I have no regrets.
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core As far as CPUs go this one was the obvious choice for me, given that cost was I minor factor regarding this computer, I wanted the latest lntel Skylake architecture even though it carried a steep price, it was worth it.
MOTHERBOARD: EVGA Z170 Stinger Mini ITX LGA1151 If there was one part of this computer that I would change in the future it would be the motherboard, when researching i didn't fully exhaust all my options and i settled for this, given it has an all black color scheme it wasn't too bad other then the stupid price I paid. Knowing now i would have gotten an asus motherboard with m.2.
MEMORY: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Originally i wanted 32 gigs of ram but given what i would be using this for i figured it wouldn't be worth the extra $100 so i compromised with this and i personally like the look of the Hyperx Fury RAM.
STORAGE: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD For storage on this system I wanted something that was fast and could hold some applications, and given that an M.2 was out of the question so i went with this SSD, its plenty for what I need and it looks nice.
VIDEO CARD: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 As far as the performance goes I wanted the most i could get, within some reason. (Titan XP was out of the question) i went with this card simply because i liked it, I didn't really have any preference to which manufacture i used, and also the stock cooler looked nice even though it wasn't in the system for long. I am happy with what i chose an i don't have any regrets.
WATERCOOLING: I decided before i even built the computer that i was gonna water cool it, and that was one thing i would definitely do all out. due to there being so many parts involved ill only list a couple here. i went with the obvious EK Supremacy EVO for the CPU an the full cover plexy water block with a backplate for the 1080 FTW and a DDC pump it provides more than enough flow through the 2 EK slim 240 rads.
POWER SUPPLY: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX As far as the power supply is concerned I didn't have any particular preference, I just needed something that would run all of my components and do it well, and this power supply does more than I need.
MISC; FANS: Originally went with the Corsair SP Quite Editions and I liked them quite well, i later upgraded to
the NZXT Aer RGB fans due to the full RGB and 4-pin PWM and i noticed not difference in temps when having them mounted on the radiators, I also had hue lighting already so it worked out.
PERIPHERALS: I got the Corsair k70 RAPIDFIRE and the Corsair SCIMITAR due to the full RGB lighting to fit with everything. The screen is nothing special, just a 27 inch 1080 60hz monitor, im looking to upgrade soon to take advantage of the GPU.
Thank you all!
I was able to get 4.6 oc on my evga z170 stinger i personally think this is a great processer
This is a great card, i had it in my system with the stock cooler for quite a while and i didnt have and problems, i recently finished my build and put in a full watercooling loop and haven't seen it peaking up past 48c at its max although the stock cooler was quite alot hotter. i was also able to put a 2126 mhz overclock on it. all in all it is a great card with the stock cooler and watercooled.
this is a fantastic case, i was able to fit a hyper212 evo in there an then i later converted to a full custom watercooling loop with 480mm of effective radiator and a gtx 1080 FTW. there are some this that aren't super great though, if your trying to cramp alot of cables in the back it can get cramped really quick if you have that 3.6 slot occupied and the window scratches easily, but other than that i really enjoyed building in it. hope this helped
the aer fans are awesome... the fact that they have full rgb (with hue+) and 4-pin pwm is really nice, although there are alot more wires involved and requires a bit more cable management. then there is the obvious expense $30 per fan and then needing to buy the hue+ this money really starts to add up. yet, they really do add that extra effect to your pc