Note: re-uploaded the build because I couldn't edit it for some reason. I promise I'll put up better pictures ;)
This was my first computer build ive ever done. All the same, I wanted to make a computer that would get really good performance at the lowest price I could get. Thanks to the suggestions of friends and members on the forums, I was able to create a computer that does remarkably well in benchmarks and actual use, all for under 1400 dollars.
I primarily use this PC for AutoCAD, inventor, gaming, video editing, photo renders, and game design. For this reason I wanted to go with a good CPU, as well as a good GPU, as I did not want to lag or wait at all anymore for any operation to complete.
Graphics card: I went with the MSI 980ti 6g edition. Mine was a limited edition gold edition, which not only looks sexy, but performs even sexier. I was able to avoid the price premium for the special edition thanks to Massdrop. Originally, I had a gtx 970, but over time as I optimized my build was able to switch to the gtx 980ti.
CPU: I wanted ddr4 RAM and a lasting build, so I knew I wanted skylake, as it supports ddr4, and uses the newest Intel LGA 1151a socket. This way, as newer skylajws come out, I can always upgrade. I went for the i56600k, as it overclocks like a beast, while remaining relatively cool. At the same time, the 6600k also has great single core performance, and its four cores are more than enough for any application I'd be running.
RAM As I use a lot of RAM intensive applications and have historically been limited by what I could do as a result, I went with 32 GB of RAM. I also wanted the RAM to be as fast as possible, so I additionally made sure to get the highest clock I could get without over-budgeting. Because I do plan to continue updating the computer, and I wasn't sure if any future cooler might have specific RAM tolerances, I went with low profile RAM. This made vengeance lpx 2666mhz my best bet.
Motherboard: I went with the Asus z170a lga 1151a board, as it includes multiple PCI expansion slots, supports overclocks up to 5ghz, supports ddr4 and GPU SLI, and because it's white accents fit very well into the theme of the build. It's also future proof, as it supports up to 64 GB RAM, and the second graphics card.
Storage: I went with a 240gb ssd for my applications and operating system, so that I can boot quickly, and load files and applications without long waits. I also went with a 2tb mass storage hard drive for all my files and documents.
Building in the s340 case was a dream. The only real issues I ran into was getting the HD audio pushed in all the way for the front port, and the back of the case did not have sufficient room for the neatest cable management.
Ambient temperature at idle with a room temp of 26 degrees was a solid 24 degrees, with CPU at about 25 degrees, and GPU at about 27 degrees. Under load, the CPU hit 49-53 degrees, while the GPU hit 60 degrees.
Cinebench: Cpu: 750 CB score with cpu@ 4.1ghz GPU: 192.43 fps @ 50mhz over clocked
Witcher 3 Ultra, hairworks, mssa- vsync- 60fps@ 1920*1080