4/15/19 Update: Upgraded the following: GPU: Zotac 1080ti Extreme Core - Power and loving the RGB on the Badge and on back of the card. HDD: Added a 4GB Seagate Barracuda - Needed more storage to accommodate my mix recordings and photo/video storage.
Future plans & Other Notes: - S340 Case is pretty, but it does run warm so I might look into a slightly larger case with better airflow. - Now that SSD's are dropping in price, I may swap out the 2TB FireCuda for one; however, I'm leaning towards upgrading my Razer Blade 15 to a 1TB nvme and then tossing whatever was in there into the Desktop... We'll have to see which will take priority as time moves on. - 4K video editing and high voice count synths are pushing the 7700K to its limits, so will be looking towards a new CPU/MOBO combo. - Since my pops is running some outdated hardward, I might as well get that new case, cpu, mobo, faster ram (if I'm going Ryzen), and give him this one
Needed to upgrade from my old 2500K'ed CM Storm Trooper build. I needed a balance of gaming performance and productivity (music & video production for work/hobby). Never really enjoyed lights in my systems until I saw what RGB was capable of, so I wanted to rice the hell out this system.
Case/Fans/Cables: S340 Elite in white. Looked gorgeous in the videos and pics, looks even better in person. I was a little worried about the cooling, and so far it's doing well. I have yet to run benchmarks, so we'll see how it does. Cable management is very nice, however the standard PSU cables from EVGA are very stiff. I ordered cables from CableMod which made a world of a difference. Highly recommend the cables for the look and ease of managing them. NZXT fans were easy to install, but you have to think about routing the IN/OUT for the RGB lights.
CPU: I would have gone with Ryzen 7, but I went for single-core performance of the i7 7700k. To add on, I also didn't want to wait for the BIOS to mature on the AM4 boards or optimizations. I competitively played CS 1.6 back in the day, so I went for the CPU that produced max FPS. I typically run games at lower resolutions, so the 7700k was the best option for me. As for video/audio rendering, I don't mind waiting the extra 1-5 minutes.
MOBO: Asus Maximus IX Hero. Nice OC features and had what I needed. I think the bonus points was for the little connector that let's you plug in the power/reset button and activity lights. I'd always struggle trying to get them plugged in, but with the connector it made it a breeze.
CPU Cooler: NZXT X62 Kraken looks incredible. I tried to research if the pump ports will obstruct the DIMM slots on the Maximus IX Hero, but most of the pictures and builds I saw only filled 2 slots. The GSKILL Trident RGB sticks are THICK, so I had to mount it sideways. IMO, sideways is better than angled or upside-down. I was a bit confused when installing the cables for it, had to re-read the instructions a few times.
RAM: 32GB of RGB GSkill...perfect for video editing and when I'm running several soft synths and audio plugins. I do have to control the lighting from Asus AURA unfortunately. Will NZXT and ASUS work together to allow Hue+ or AURA control all RGB from one application? Who knows.
Storage: I decided to dump the extra $$ for the NVME Samsung. Also tossed in my old Sandisk 250GB SSD. Added in a 2TB FireCuda.
GPU: Used my old 980. Will look into getting a 10-series when I need to.
RGB: NZXT Hue+ was a must, but also had to get the internal USB hub. I was able to daisy chain the IN/OUT of the rear & top fans with the strips. Went with the white to match the case. Again, I wish Asus and NZXT can work on allowing one of them to control all lights.
Overall: I've been loving the system. RGB on white looks phenomenal and performance has been awesome. I'll get some benchmarks soon. Also will be OC'ing this on my day off.