So this build is just a continuation of an existing build that I made around this time last year (https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/XfQV3C). I have proceeded to improve upon this build and have now decided to post another complete build post.
So it has been just under a year since I first built this PC and since then I am very happy with the progress I have made. My first upgrade and the thing I prioritised the most was an SSD. I was unhappy with the operating speed of my hard drive and the SSD has massively improved efficiency and the overall user experience, something that I now see as a must buy when building a PC.
The next upgrade that I got was a new monitor, I know this place isn't necessarily dedicated to peripherals but this also massively improved my user experience. I went from an old Samsung TV, 1360x768p, 60Hz, 8 ms response time to an LG 29UM68-P Ultrawide, 75Hz, Freesync, IPS panel and it was just an ascension for my eyes.
My most recent upgrade came in the form of aesthetics and replacing the parts I disliked the most in my system. Now there is nothing wrong with my original cooler and motherboard however, I am someone who cares about aesthetics and appearance. So although I thought it wouldn't bother me when I first bought the parts, I regret not buying better looking parts.
I have replaced my Gigabyte GA Z170-HD3 v1.0 motherboard with the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 and have no complaints, the motherboard looks amazing and with the added bonus of USB 3.1 type A and C alongside thunderbolt and SLI support I do not regret the decision. I was also having stability issues with my previous motherboard which meant I couldn't even break stock clocks without blue screening, an issue that has also, since been eliminated.
There is also by no means anything wrong with the Cooler Master Hyper 212X, but as days went by, sitting looking at my PC everyday, its aluminium and copper build got to me. So I caved in and bought a Corsair H100i V2, another decision I don't regret. It has been keeping my CPU nice and cool with 35 degree idle temperatures (+- 2) and 56 degree load temps (+-3). Alongside my new motherboard I have been able to stably push to 4.7GHz but at uncomfortable VCore levels and have settled at 4.5GHz at 1.23 V which was the best middle ground between temperatures, voltage and performance.
If there is anything I have learned from my experience upgrading my PC it would be, if you know you care about aesthetics don't make the same mistake as I did and pretend you don't. It will eat away at you and possibly just cost you more money in the end. In addition to this, BUY AN SSD! It is just so essential in my opinion and it's speeds have drastically increased my user experience. It makes using my laptop unbearable but that's the cost I have to face.
Also, I apologise for the potato quality photos, but my phone's camera ISO was just awful due to the lighting.