I've been waiting to build this machine for around 2 years. I couldn't fully invest until I had moved into my new home and had room for a desk. Because it took me so long, it gave me plenty of time to meticulously pick the exact pieces I wanted. I Couldn't be happier with how it turned out and is exactly what I wanted.
Building took about 6 hours. It was my first time building from scratch (though I've replaced parts here and there before). It was relatively easy. The I/O shield was kind of a pain to snap in but eventually got it. The motherboard was also a bit of a pain to actually place inside the case. For some reason I couldn't get the standoffs to line up with the motherboard holes and get the I/O slots to line up with the I/O shield. But that is on me.. not product.
Once those were in, it was just a matter or wiring everything. Constantly flipping between manuals and what not, to find where certain ports or headers were. The GTX1080 is a gorgeous card, and slid right in now problem at all. The slot on the motherboard is reinforced enough so that there wasn't any sag with the weight of the GPU card without a brace or whatever.
The Kraken went over the CPU just fine, easy installation overall. looks great.
The PSU was the first piece that I bought, almost a year and a half ago, and it may be the only piece that I wish I had done better on. It isn't modular, so it has a ton of cables that I didn't use. On top of the large amount of cables, I wanted to use the black/red extension cables to finish the look, which just made the cables longer. The cables on the PSU are flat which helped a little, but the back of the PC is so full and messy with cables that the cover almost would't go on. I had to hold it shut while screwing it back on. I could probably do a little better with cable management on the back.. but in hind-sight a fully modular PSU would make things a lot easier.
I Have not Boot tested it yet (hence why no pics of it turned on). I may update this when I do.
Also.. I was still waiting for the Hue+ and two AER 120 fans but got impatient and built it anyway. I will replace the fans in a week, once I get the Hue+ and AER's.
The Case its'self is awesome. plenty of room. Even with the large amount of cables, I was able to keep the display side almost perfect and the back-side I was able to close. I really like the simplistic / professional look it gives. I did Not get the Smart version of the case. I didn't plan to go RGB crazy, just a few AER fans.
As for peripherals.. The monitor is the cheapest 2K 165Hz monitor I could find. It's a TN so the colors aren't the best but I wasn't looking for a monitor that had the best colors possible. I can only tell that the colors aren't that great because I have my laptop next to it and it has slightly darker dark's and brighter high's. Anyone will tell you, the jump from 60Hz to 120+hz is incredible. 165 is overkill and unnoticeable but the monitor supported it.
Keyboard is a keyboard. looks good. Mouse is a mouse
I am not sure the speakers model, I just kind of found them one day years ago. but I use my headset when gaming anyway. Logitech G430. Which I really like.
The desk is good ol' IKEA made. 2 Kitchen counter-tops ontop of some legs and drawers. added some LED's that aren't too overpowering.
Mainly used for gaming and work. I'm a cyber security analyst and regularly do some pen-testing stuff. I will have some Kali-VM's and Parrot Security VM's and others. Supporting multiple VM's and some of the things I do with them really benefit from the high-specs. My wife also does photography and photo-editing. She has her own laptop for that but sometimes hops on mine. So it's not to only play CSGO and PUBG at 100+ frames...
Any criticism is welcome.. it's my first time doing a build from scratch. I will update this once I boot test and add the AER fans + Hue.
-- UPDATE -- 8/30/18
It booted just fine. recieved the Hue+ and fans 2 weeks later. however they caused some problems. Installing wasn't bad, but the ****** CAM software didn't recognize the Hue+. after some troubleshooting I wasn't able to fix it. tried rebooting PC and then it became unbootable. Started getting errors about the CPU fan not working (The kraken was working and fine, the Hue+ and AER fans were only used for case fans).
After replacing the stock fans back in, it booted just fine. am going to see about replacement or refund.
Added some more pictures of it booted.