I've been wanting to build my own PC for quite some time now. I finally felt like I had enough in savings to make a worth-while build so I spent a few weeks searching through part lists and reviews. I decided that if I was going to spend the money to build a custom PC to replace my fully functional laptop, I would go a little bit overboard.
The first thing I picked out was the Graphics Card. I knew I wanted to get a 1070 so I wouldn't need to worry about upgrading for a little while. I currently play on 1080 so the 1070 can tear through anything I throw at it. It's also nice to know that the computer is VR ready whenever I decide to buy a VR headset.
I decided to go with the Asus Z170-A because it had everything I wanted. I like Asus, I liked the color scheme of the board, it had plenty of IO on the board itself, and it had good reviews.
I chose the i7-6700k because it was fast. It's honestly overkill for what I do with my computer but part of me just wanted to be able to drool over benchmarks and have the ability to overclock. I've also been considering hosting a game server locally for some friends and the 6700k had all the potential to do that. I tried using the Asus utility auto overclock thing and it gave me pretty unsatisfactory results. The system would occasionally crash and a Prime95 stress test instantly blue screened the computer. I have it back at factory settings now and it's more than enough.
I picked the CRYORIG A80 because it was beefy and unique. I unfortunately learned why they are not as well known for their AIO coolers. The radiator did not properly line up with the included fans (3 screws are currently not installed) and the thermals are nothing crazy. The little pump fan is neat looking but I ended up having to plug it into a different fan port on the motherboard so it could spin at a different speed. I also had to attach one of the radiator fans to its own fan pin because it would get kinda loud at lower speeds and I had no reason to run both radiator fans at idle.
I picked Crucial Ballistix Sport LT because I trust Crucial and I got 2 sticks of 16GB so I could upgrade in the future. 16GB is becoming the new standard in RAM so I went with 32GB to give myself some headroom. Again, it will also come in handy if I do any server hosting locally.
My cousin recommended I get the Intel 600p M.2 and I am very happy. Most of the speeds are pretty standard for a SATA SSD but the read speed is fantastic. 1.7 Gb/s read is amazing. I put some of my bigger games on the SSD and they load lightning fast. The OS also starts up within seconds.
The Seagate Barracuda was bought used. I don't have any complaints. Hopefully I can get a backup drive at some point as I'm a bit concerned keeping data on a used drive. I've already lost my external drive recently...
The NZXT H440 case was my first pick CPU case. I think it looks great and the design is really nice. The included fans are great and the airflow is better than I thought it would be. Cable Management was pretty easy and the hard drive trays and power supply area are both nice. I ended up unplugging the exhaust fan from the included fan controller and used one of the motherboard fan controller connections. The included light on the back of the case is a plus too.
The EVGA 650W power supply was on sale. I've heard good things about EVGA and I have nothing poor to say about their power supply. The semi-modular design is pretty nice but honestly not needed in the H440 case. There is plenty of room to shove unused wires if you need to.
Windows 10 was a pretty simple choice. I got it cheap online. I'm a big fan of 10 over 8 and 8.1.
Overall, I'm quite happy with the computer. Here is a benchmark from UserBenchmark: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/1893247 (The HDD and SDD speeds are way slower than what CrystalDiskMark gave me: http://pastebin.com/6EuW2RJS )
Two things to note about this build: 1) The RAM really needed to be forced into the motherboard. I don't know if I should blame Asus or Crucial but it was NOT a nice fit. 2) When running AIDA64 with CPU and FPU load I get some really high temperatures and wonky jumps. I'm not really sure if that is because of the nature of the tests or something is up with the thermals of something in the computer.
Great CPU with fantastic performance. I lost the silicone lottery and ended up with a CPU that doesn't want to overclock and remain stable but I also only spent an hour fiddling with it. I'm happy leaving it at stock speeds right now.
Pretty disappointing... I could only get 5 of the 8 Fan screws to line up with the radiator. The temperatures are acceptable. One of the included radiator fans gets a bit loud when at medium RPMs and the little pump fan isn't silent. The pump itself is pretty quiet though.
Great looks and good UEFI BIOS. I like the look of this motherboard. The RAM slots were a bit tight. I wasn't a huge fan of the design. There is a good selection of IO on the back of the motherboard. Plenty of fan plugs! I would recommend this motherboard.
This RAM does exactly what it's supposed to do. I haven't had any issues with it and it looks quite nice!
Very, very happy with this SSD. Most of the speeds are what you would expect from a SATA SSD but the read speeds are amazing! Speeds: http://pastebin.com/6EuW2RJS
Decent speeds at a pretty good price.
No problems with noise or temperature. The card is a beast at 1080p. I was a bit bummed that this was the only white 1070 I could find but Asus did not disappoint me!
I love this case. The removable drive trays allowed me to have room to mount a large radiator at the top. I had barely enough clearance in my build between the radiator and motherboard but it fit. The included fans are nice but I didn't leave all of them plugged into the included fan hub. The case looks sleek and the back light is pretty nice. It's pretty quite although I don't know how much of a difference the noise cancelling foam makes. Cable management was pretty easy although it got a bit busy. I would definitely recommend this case.
It's quiet and it powers my computer. The included cables were nothing special. It did what I needed it to do at a reasonable price point.
After the anniversary update, I don't have any big complaints.