Put this computer together to ascend from the 6 year old relic I've used up until now (It has a gtx260, I know right?).
Was aiming for a nice balance of upgradeability, performance and value here with this build, also happening to be my first ever build. I designed it to play 1080p AAA games at max settings, and it's been working wonders so far (haven't overclocked yet) getting stable 60-70 fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider on max (AA turned down a little).
I can't stress how much better everything looks with a capable computer. The system tears up games like CS:GO and Dota 2, frames hanging around 250+ without breaking a sweat. I decided to go with the 1080p 144hz monitor instead of a 1440 60hz (which the 390 does pretty decently with) as I play more multiplayer games than most.
The build took me 6 hours after getting home from work, from box opening to windows installation. I did my reading up on all the parts and checking out the parts and installation guides beforehand so I felt confident in setting this beast up.
The case was unusual and something I wasn't quite used to at first, but after pulling it apart and seeing how it works, it was very simple to understand how to fit everything in and in what order to do it. I should mention however that I had to remove the power supply like 5 times in order to fit a lot of the cables through the myriad of little holes designed for cable management, and also to screw in the HDD in bay at the bottom.
From that point onwards it was simply installing the mobo, heat sink, radiator and graphics card, and making sure all the right cables were plugged in and tied up (fairly) neatly round the back. I should also mention that the corsair radiator and fans took an extra set of hands to install as intakes on the front of the case because you need to hold the fans in between while you screw through them.
Part reviews (Will expand on these as I start overclocking and pushing the computer to its limit
Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
So far hasn't even really been tested, everything the computer has done has been near instant thanks to this, the ram and the SSD. Idles at 20 degrees. My computer no longer keeps my room warm.
Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid
Was real tricky to get the radiator on the front, and scary as hell applying the pressure to get the block on the CPU since it needs quite a bit of force to get it in position. Other than that, the temps have been incredible. Absolutely incredible. The software it comes with is a bit wonky though, it doesnt detect my fans spinning even though they are (probably an error I made somewhere tbh) and the LED is a it weak when you change it's colour. But the overall product looks fantastic installed.
Gigabyte Z170-GAMING K3
Technically not the same board that is listed in the side because PCPP doesnt have it listed. A great little board, BIOS very nicely designed and simple or as complicated as you need it to be, no issues posting first time on the build, LEDs look insane, lovely black and red IO shield which I didn't take a picture of unfortunately. I just wish it had more sata ports, but incredible value for a Z160 board.
G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400
ram is ram. They look real nice in the case. Memtest found no problems. Took 16gb of ram just to have some overhead for non-gaming related things.
Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" SSD
Black and red color scheme was a plus, but I managed to get this 15 quid off retail at the time, so I jumped on it. Decent model apparently, lightning fast, reliable so far.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
For everything I can't justify putting on the SSD. Standard HDD nothing special.
Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro
This card is huge. It's a like a brick. But doesn't appear to be sagging. The 8GB of RAM has let me play on MAX on RotTR which needs more than 4GB, knocking it out of the park. Idles at 47 since it's OC'd out of the box and powering a 144hz screen. Make sure you have space in your case for this thing, it really is big.
EVGA 650W ATX
Quality PSU. Nice bags for the wires and PSU itself. Fully modular. I had an issue powering the GPU because I needed 2x 6+2 modules to run up to it. But I figured that out pretty quickly. Quality braiding on the sleeves, everything about this product is quality. Funfact: The next day after building we had a power cut for a second, everything in the house went off, monitor too, but the computer just kept going like nothing even happened, I don't even know how that works. 10/10 would PSU again.
NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower
I thought it looked cool in pictures but it;s something else up close. The matte black finish on the outside screams class, the intakes nicely designed. Air flow is incredible thanks to the cable management system employed in the design. Cheap as hell considering the quality of the frame and parts. The assembly was a little tricky at the start figuring out when to install the PSU. Huge window showing off all the goods and hiding the uglies. Was a perfect fit for my H100gtx.