I'm going to be honest, this PC serves no specific purpose other than to satisfy my desire to build something new. I don't really do anything crazy on my computer, some gaming when I can find the time and a little CAD work every now and then. My previous build was entirely sufficient for my needs, but I had a few Amazon gift cards and some extra bday cash on hand so I figured I'd sell it and try something different.
Everything in the part list that shows a price of $0 was re-used from my previous build, and all other prices reflect what I actually paid after applying gift money and gift cards. I sold my previous rig for $900 (without the GTX 970, M550s, or H105), so I actually came pretty close to breaking even after all was said and done.
A couple of hardware/design themes:
Crucial - I work for Micron, so naturally I'm a little biased here (Crucial is our consumer products brand). Hey, we make good stuff, what can I say.
EVGA - In my experience, EVGA sells some quality stuff. Coupled with the fact that they have fantastic customer support, I decided to rely on their products heavily for many of the critical components in my build.
Carbon Fiber - Although the overall design of the Enthoo Evolv mATX case is absolutely gorgeous, the satin black version is somewhat of a fingerprint magnet. It bugged my OCD, so I decided to wrap the case in 3M Dinoc carbon fiber vinyl.
Other hardware notes:
CPU: Luckily I have family that lives near a MicroCenter and the 5820k was still selling for $300 in-store. Used a little bday cash to subsidize the cost and I only had to pay $200 for it out of pocket. Definitely a worthy upgrade from the 3770K, IMO. OC'd to 4.5GHz without a hitch and runs like a dream.
MOBO: This thing oozes quality, fantastic job by EVGA and much improved over the original X99 Micro. USB 3.1 type-C and M.2 support, audio isolation, intuitive BIOS made OC'ing a breeze, nice design touches such as IO cover. I love it.
SSDs: I have the two M550s in a 512GB RAID0 and they get over 1GB/s sequential read/write, which makes me very happy.
CASE: I love the design language of the Enthoo EVOLV line, Phanteks really outdid themselves IMO. The only gripe I have with this case is the window panel is pretty low quality: it scratches easily and has a kind of rippled effect from some angles, probably due to the fact that they thermoformed a fairly thin sheet of acrylic. A thicker polycarbonate would have been nice. Also, not a huge fan of the heavy tint.
RAM: Straight up sexy heatspreaders and rock solid, reliable performance.
GPU: 1507MHz boost clock? Yes please. Perfectly adequate for gaming at 1080p/1200p. When Pascal drops maybe I'll see if I can pick up a 980 Ti for a decent price.
PSU: Fully modular, 80 PLUS Gold, high quality. Probably a bit overkill for my needs, but oh well. I had some Amazon gift card money saved up that I used to subsidize the cost. I also picked up a set of braided cables from CableMod, which are fantastic, by the way.