This machine is the result of about 1 year of research and reading. I could have made this build much earlier, but I wanted to make sure that I got to a point where I could easily make decisions and fully understand PC parts. Plus, with the whole Asynchronous Compute fiasco, I wanted to wait out and see if I should have gone with team red or team green. Though now, I present to you my first build: Afterburner. This build was started on December 12th, 2015 and finished on January 15th, 2016.
Let's run down the parts:
i7-6700k: While the main purpose of this build is computation and gaming, I went with the 6700k instead of the 6 core x99 CPUs. At the time of making this build, the 6700k was considerably cheaper and offered only slight lower performance in gaming. CPU based computation was a different story, but the 6700k still held up quite well considering it only has 4 cores. Apart from all of that, the 6700k was exactly what I needed for a mainstream enthusiast situation.
Swiftech H220-X: The regular Canadian price is around 250-300 dollars. I got this on sale for about $150, and I can proudly say that it was an excellent purchase. I love the look of it, and the fact that its highly customizable. My original idea was to make my own liquid cooling loop, but when I first saw this I instantly fell in love with it. It provided the convenience factor that I didn't need for say, but appreciated a lot. I might expand this loop I the future, but I have no desire to right now.
Z170 Extreme 4: I initially thought this was a gaming motherboard, but after purchasing realized that this was in fact made for workstations. I was pretty happy with how it turned out to be, especially with how it was competitively priced. I was able to get my CPU to 5 GHz (although slightly unstable) on this motherboard. It has a healthy number of PCIe slots, and it was also aesthetically pleasing. Side note: the audio was also incredible. My laptop has a sound blaster audio system but the Asrock audio system defiantly rivals it. The front bay thunderbolt port was kind of useless though, since my case doesn't have any bays.
Kingston Hyper X Fury: I went with 4 sticks of DDR4 ram. Nothing much to say about it. Its been reliable and it looks dashing.
Sandisk Z400s: It was relatively cheap and the reliability of it seemed great, based off how well it had been doing in a friend's build. I plan to change this SSD, since it isn't really high performing compared to other more expensive ones.
Seagate Barracuda: This was a 2 month old hard drive I had at hand. I planned to reuse it for this build, and so far I have no complaints at all.
Fury X: The GPU I picked was a bit of a controversial choice, since it has a relatively strange place in the GPU market. Compared to the 980 Ti and Titan X, it only edged out slightly or lost against the two in synthetic or real life benchmarks. By no means is this card a slacker in graphics, but the Fiji architecture shines in computation (not to mention DX12 performance). This card can nuke a Titan X (even one that's been overclocked) in computation and number crunching based benchmarks. While there aren't many situations out there to take full advantage of it's power, softwares like solidworks can really benefit from GPU acceleration. I plan to crossfire this in a few years.
Noctis 450: The aesthetic of this case is gorgeous. Not to mention, it has support for 2 360mm radiators and 1 140mm radiator.
SuperNOVA G1 750w: This PSU seemed pretty reliable and it has proved to be able to handle anything that's thrown at it within it's limit. It is almost dead silent, and the cables included are very high quality. I just don't have anything bad to say about this part. Sadly though, I may need to get a new PSU if I plan to crossfire.
For my first build, I'm quite proud of how it turned out. Its great and I hope I can do a lot of fun things with it.