I started this build a little over 1 year ago when Skylake was the "goto" processor before Ryzen and Kabylake hit the market. From there I planned to upgrade throughout 2017 and I'm finally at a point that I can say that it's in the final stages! Currently, I use this PC for coding for work and also gaming on titles such as CSGO, WoW, Path of Exile, etc. Loving the performance!
The first stages of Pandax (V1.1) was everything listed besides the custom water cooling loop and the GTX 1080. I kept my old 750ti around until I decided to throw down the cash for an upgrade which turned out to be the Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 (V1.2)... this thing is a beast in size.
The custom water cooling loop was definitely an adventure with numerous trips back to Microcenter or Fry's to get everything I needed to make the loop functional and also drain properly. Originally I planned to do a 240 and 360 Rad for the loop, but decided to start with one 360 and just water cool my CPU (V1.3). Within a week of finishing the the loop for my cpu (with no drain port) I saw that there was a sale on the GPU Waterblock for less than half of the original price! I couldn't pass it up and decided to pick it up and redo the entire loop once again (V1.4 properly with a drain port). However, I held out on purchasing the 240 Rad and more RGB fans because I was already over my budget. My apartment was a wreck for about 2 weeks with just boxes, parts, receipts, paper towels, and tools everywhere but I loved it because of the excitement and customization I was putting into my build.
Eventually, I'd like to add a EKWB SE 240 Rad with 3 more Thermaltake Riing RGB fans (2 on the rad and 1 exhaust) to finish the entire setup. For now, I am satisfied and not too sure if I want to give up that 180 deg bend :D
Performance wise, I'm overclocking the 6600k to 4.6ghz at 1.325 volts with an average of 62C +- 3 (depending on ambient) under load with AIDA64. The GTX 1080 Strix is running at 2050mhz with +400 to memory at about 47C under load.
Link to benchmarks: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/6353310
As for the theme, I started out with black and white to go for the Panda look but I went with RGB LED Fans so I can change the color theme anytime I want with the base as white and black. This is why I upgraded to the G502 Mouse and next is the G810 Keyboard.
2018 Upgrades I plan to do:
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
EK-RES X3 400 (Larger Tube)
EKWB SE 240 Rad
2nd Set of Thermaltake Riing RGB Fans
Primochill Vue Fluid - Probably the green first (Ninja Turtle OOZE!)
Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB 4x8
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB 2.5" SSD
Seagate 2TB Barracuda HD
2 more Asus VX24AH Monitors
So you might be asking "Why these upgrades or additions when you already have decent parts?". Reason being, is I'll be passing down the parts to my best friend and building him a custom Micro ATX PC using the Thermaltake Core V21 for his birthday this year.
Pricing is based on what I paid for during the time of purchase.
1st picture is my favorite and the rest are in order of progression throughout the year.