How goes it everyone? Saw this contest and decided I would do a different take on it. For those that know me either from helping them or my builds, you'll know I like to buck the normal color scheme trend of red and black. Needless to say that made this particular build incredibly challenging because...well...normally gaming on the motherboard line is synonymous with red. Ultimately the point of this build was NOT to go for best bang for buck, but rather for something that was plenty powerful while being good looking. So without further delays I'll jump into the selection justifications.
This was a bit of a no brainer, the i7's are nice and all, but the reality is for 99.999% of people hyperthreading is useless, and the money spent over the i5 is better spent elsewhere in the build. Arguably you could switch to a 6500 or 6600 to save some extra scratch, but in this particular build the extra money would not have gone to anything particularly useful so eh.
Normally I am not a fan of software controlled AIO/CLCs because I've had a lot of problems with them (x61, h100i, h80i gtx). But given that you pay the same price for the h100i gtx as you would for the h105, may as well get it right? I hate big air because if you get a good looking build, you're blocking off 2/3rds of the pretty bits with a hunking mass of metal.
At first this was the Z170 Krait Gaming board to get that white color scheme that I'm such a fan of, then I realized this board also is part of the gaming line, and honestly it is absolutely gorgeous. For the average builder I'd never recommend this board, in fact I wouldn't for almost anyone save for those that are going for an aesthetic or those that are planning to do LN2 or other sub ambient cooling methods, where this thing really shines.
Again, normally I'd never recommend these kits given their frankly ludicrous price (CorsairJames and I have discussed this before). But since this is a build with a focus on form over function, these sticks are perfect to match the color scheme I'm going for.
Originally I wanted to go with the 950 Pro M.2, but the price on the 500GB variant put me over budget unfortunately. Would have loved to keep it so that it's one less set of wires to deal with when building the system, but c'est la vie. A solid drive at a great price.
Gold? GOLD?! WHY NOT THE WHITE ONE!? As much as I wanted to put the Armor 2x from MSI into this build, the cooler just doesn't have the chops. The fans are on the louder side and while it looks very similar to the normal MSI gaming heatsink and fans, it's actually fairly different (different fan sizes, different fin pitch angle, etc) resulting in a card that really is lackluster. Since I wanted to avoid red like the plague, this guy caught my attention. While I wouldn't call it a gold edition (seems more copper to me), it's a great contrast to the silver/white/black in the rest of the build.
Wanted something that continued the color scheme, and this one caught my eye. Nothing more, nothing less.
Fully modular, platinum certified (read: overkill), reasonable (ish) price. End of discussion.