This is my 10th build/re-build this year. This is my main pc and used mostly for gaming. The title tells part of the story. I started this because i was using Stormy the Ole gamer ( http://pcpartpicker.com/b/p4xYcf ) and although it was ok for what I had been playing the XFX 7770 card wasn't going to cut it for Assassin's creed syndicate at the fps and settings I wanted. This started life late last year in a Cooler Master HAF 912 case and in that build it was a bit tamer with less ram and not much eye candy. I had a home server running in a mATX case with 4 drives but needed to expand my storage. So I decided to use the Cooler Master case for the server, its now loaded in that case with 9 drives for a total of 16TB of storage and running nice and cool. I used Stormy as a back up as I waited for the case and other parts to come in. I already had some of the parts so I just needed to order the case, lights, cable accessories, extra ram, back-plate etc. I ended up taking apart the sound card and gpu to paint. They had silver on them and didn't go with my black and red. I hit them with some rattle can and they turned out ok. My desk sucks. I plan on building my own custom one in the next few weeks. I've got this build, a security camera dvr, mac mini, slim i3 general desktop and my server with a kvm and the 4 monitors so I need more room, plus the layout is trash. Excuse the mess for now, I'll update when I build and finish the desk.
Some of the parts have corrected prices as some were bundled or on sale when I purchased them.
CPU and Motherboard I went with the Intel i5-6600k, because when I was shopping last year when Skylake came out the i7 was either out of stock or $100 over retail. I found the i5-6600k bundled with the MSI PC mate motherboard for cheap. I figured for what I wanted to use it for and was going to overclock anyway, that it would be more than enough.
CPU cooler I got the Corsair H55 because it was cheap and I had used it (amd-6300 build) before and had good luck with it. I may upgrade the cooler later to a 240mm cooler, although I doubt I will need it based off of stress tests and gaming have yet to push the CPU past 62c.
RAM I bought the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x 8GB kit when I first setup the pc in the Cooler Master and it worked fine and was a good value. I decided that I needed ( cough cough ) more ram. Ok, so I probably didn't need it but it was cheap and I wanted to fill out all the slots for looks.
Storage The motherboard had a M.2 slot and I wanted to take advantage of that. I got the Samsung drive last year, it was on sale and I was only going to use it for boot and applications. Since then the prices have dropped and the amount of storage you get is much more. That's life in tech. I figure buy it when you want it and use it. Something new is always around the corner. I already had the Micron drive from another build upgrade so I'm using it for games. I also already had the Hitachi 2TB spinner so I threw that in for mass storage.
GPU This was a tough choice and I spent weeks researching, watching videos, reviews and looking at prices. I went with the MSI GeForce, I got this a while back, so that's why I don't have a 1070 or 1080 lol. I got it on sale and with Assassin's creed syndicate for free, the main reason for the build! It is a really great card and I have zero regrets. I get great fps in Assassin's creed syndicate and Fallout 4 with all the eye candy turned up. It also is great on power, low heat and overclock's like a champ. I may, somewhere down the road upgrade to a 1070 or 1080 and then toss the 970 in Stormy the Ole gamer.
PSU I went with the Thermaltake 650W psu. It got pretty good reviews and I have used Thermaltake in the past with zero failures. Stress tested the whole rig with a Kilowatt meter and it never goes over 350w. Also under gaming loads it rarely goes over 300w.
Sound card I needed one and it this works ok with my Logitech X-530
Speakers I have had these for a while and they have been used with 3 different builds. They work great with games and movies/music.
Monitors I got these on sale a couple of years ago and they work good for games at 1080 and also nicely for movies with good angle viewing. I may upgrade them in the next year or so, for sure if I get a 1070 or 1080 card.
Keyboard/Mouse I already had the K270 it is not the best but it works ok. I may get a rgb one later. The Logitech G602 was a Christmas gift and works great.
GPU Back-plate MSI you cheap Bas***ds why didn't you include a back-plate on a $300 gpu. Anyway, I got this one from V1 for $40 and I think it looks nice with the MSI dragon on it. It really pops when I have brighter led's on.
Case This is by far the best and sexiest case I've ever used. It not super expensive and is a pleasure to work with. Cable management is nice. Built in LED control and a fan hub. I also really like the psu basement/cover. It can also almost be completely disassembled with screws. Nice, very nice. It's big though, so check your space requirements.
Widgets and whatnot's Wanted cable combs and I/O covers. modDYI had them for cheap and they look ok.
OS Windows 10, because I needed an OS and wasn't going to use Linux or Ubuntu on this gaming pc.