I built my first computer about 2 years ago with a slew of components from Christmas and birthday gifts. It served me well, and I was very happy with my 1080p performance.
I managed to scrounge up quite a few parts over the 2016 holiday season, and I figured it was time for an upgrade. The goal of this build is to game at a comfortable 60fps on my 4K Hisense tv. The Samsung boot drive was salvaged from my previous build.
My main use is gaming, with some coding for university work and occasional video editing. I tend to use my television when I'm gaming, so that I can lay back on my bed. The picture quality is much more impressive than that of my monitor, so I only use that for general computer work and papers.
**Edit: Delidded my i7 using the Rockit Delidding tool, and now am able to have a little bit better overclocking.
**Edit: Graphics card has been replaced. I now have a Gigabyte Aorus 1080 Ti. It isn't the Xtreme Edition, but it wasn't listed on the parts list, and it overclocked to slightly faster anyway. Performs just as expected, able to hit 60 fps on ultra 4K in most titles. The gigabyte software is a little annoying to use, but not terrible.
I don't replace my processor very often, so when I do I like to grab a pretty powerful one. The single-core performance of the 7700k is very impressive, especially once overclocked, and it is no slouch in multi-threaded performance either. This is my first attempt at a CPU overclock, and despite the high temperatures of Kaby Lake, I figured I might as well grab it over the 6700k for only $10 more. I managed to get it stable with 1.25 vcore at 4.8 GHz. I didn't really want to push the voltage, as the temperatures would rise drastically under load if I applied even a small amount of voltage beyond that.
The Kraken x62 cooler works great, though the processor does still run pretty hot if you push it. The fans get quite noisy once they get pushed upwards of 70%, so that might be worth upgrading in the future. Aesthetics wise though, it does look incredible. The CAM software that utilizes it is also pretty nifty, but be sure to turn off the fps overlay in the settings if you don't want that. It keeps the temperatures on my i7 7700k reasonable.
It had all the connections that I need, support for SLI/Crossfire if I want in the future, overclocking support for the processor, and a nifty RGB lighting section. BIOS is fairly intuitive and easy to manipulate. Not much else to say.
It works as advertised. Haven't had any real issues with the performance of it, and I don't need any more for what I use. I will say that the corsair software to control the lighting is not quite perfected yet, and I could only every get control of one of the ram sticks. Unfortunately, this has led me to just disable the LEDs until the software catches up. Oh well.
I'm pretty impressed with my Mushkin Reactor to be honest. I used a 500 GB model of it on a laptop upgrade for the GF, and it seemed pretty reliable. The fairly low cost of the 1 TB version sold me, as I can now most of my games all on one solid state drive. Performance is at least comparable to the Samsung models, which is excellent for the price point.
I love the aesthetic of this case, and the inclusion of RGB lighting control only makes it sweeter. The case is fairly easy to work with, though I will say it gets pretty tight against the backside after running all of the cables. Everything comes apart pretty easy, and there is plenty of airflow. The only complaint the I have is the top offset bracket. It's by no means a bad part, but it is really annoying to remove as it requires 5 screws, located on both sides of the case. This doesn't sound like a problem, until you need to move it in order to plug in a fan cable or move the lighting strip. Then it can become really annoying. If you're doing a build like this, be smarter than me. Don't screw the bracket back in until you have guaranteed that everything is running well.