Purpose: Video editing (him), photo editing (him), work (me), gaming (both of us)
I started this build off as a present for my husband (then fiancee) when he moved into our new home. We had recently gotten engaged and since he can't wear a band due to work, I would get him something he would truly enjoy on a daily basis. Turns out I can't keep a secret as well as I thought and having certain parts orders show up on your account is a dead giveaway :P. We ended up having a blast putting it all together and I'd say he's a happy camper.
I originally intended to make this a budget build and upgrade some of the components, like the monitor later. I realized it'd be easier to get an ultrawide for the sake of his productivity.. and blew the budget. It was very well worth it though, he is extremely satisfied with its performance.
Major shoutout to Ensourced Custom Cables, they do an absolutely incredible job and fixed our cable when we had an issue with it. And another shoutout to the Build A PC community on Reddit, they helped us through troubleshooting/reviewing our build from start to finish.
My rationale behind all of the parts chosen:
CPU: This was one of the biggest choices of this build, I wanted to get something for my husband that had plenty of processing power for his new hobbies of video editing and general post production stuff, and I just felt right getting an i7 for him.
CPU Cooler: Originally this was gonna be a Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3, but I never seemed to catch it while it was in stock (at a reasonable price), so I figured this would be good. He was wary of AIO water cooling for a while, but everything is so far so good.
MOBO: Got this mostly for the color scheme (black/silver/gray) and EVGA is a respectable company so I figured I didn't go wrong here. The temp LEDs on the board are handy too.
RAM: More is better, right? :P
Storage: I was told that you can't go wrong with an SSD and a hard drive, since the SSD is faster. More space for more games.
GPU: When the 1070 was first released, I snatched one up as soon as I could. I would have preferred to get him the EVGA 1070 FTW, but I was impatient. The card is great though, and the lights are pretty.
Case: I literally got this case because I thought it'd look pretty to build a computer in. I know that's basic rationale, but I love how sleek it looks.
PSU: Gotta have something to power it all.
Monitor: Very good, well rounded monitor. It has everything he could've asked for and we were both so shocked when it arrived. We knew it was big, but it truly does take your breath away when you see it in person.
Cables: These were a must on my end, I wanted to have a little premium touch added to the build, and these cables go so perfectly with the neutral color scheme.
If you all have any questions please feel free to ask. c: