EDIT: Featured Build! Woo! :) Thanks everyone!
Yes, it's a rubbish name, but I'm not really into giving my PC pretentious names like 'Excalibur 9000' or whatever... (to pick one randomly - sorry if that's yours!)
Anyway. It's a nice PC, used for gaming and work and stuff. It's been a while since I last upgraded, my last PC has survived over 10 years of abuse, and was coping remarkably well. It was Core Q6600 overclocked from 2.4 to 3.0 (stable for years and years!) 4Gb of DDR2 and 1Gb ATI 4870. It used to smash Crysis at 1680 x 1050 back in the day! Anyway, digressing again. Build them well and expect them to last! I've been PC gaming since before the original Doom (on a 386!), and before that an avid Atari STE owner (and long before that my gaming first started off hand typing code from a book into an Oric 48k - I've seen some ****).
Where to start on the new build... the case! First thing I bought (bought bits and pieces over several months to avoid one big spend). I like a nice clean look, so many cases are soo ugly. This one looks amazing, but has a few minor drawbacks:
Build quality wasn't perfect on mine, and I'd had it sat in a box for over 6 months before starting the build, and didn't notice flaws until after pretty much finishing all the build and wiring. Could't be bothered RMA and starting again. There's a tiny chip off the corner of one glass pane, and there's a small warp in the top panel, and a minor blemish on the front panel. It's also very heavy once full of gubbins. Top ventilation seems a bit restricted. 280 rad on the front requires removing drive bays & separating plate. If the mounting holes were 1cm higher it would fit perfectly (can't be bothered re-drilling now it's built). A minor redesign would allow top fans to fit in above top sliding fan tray, but that would also stop it sliding if used for a rad I suppose.
Decided to go Intel after waiting for Ryzen reviews. I wasn't going to particularly benefit from more cores at a slower speed, and didn't want any part compatibility issues. At time of purchase Intel platform felt much more mature. I do a fair bit of video re-compressing using X-Media, but this runs faster on the GPU than even on the Intel QSV, so extra cores not going to effect me too much yet.
Graphics card is a BEAST. what more can I say. It's cheaper than the ASUS equivalent and probably better. I'm very happy with it.
Very happy with my decision spread my buying out a bit. The price of my 32Gb RAM has gone up by ~£100 since. Also, if I'd bought a whole system when I got my case it would have probably been a 980ti and a 6700K, so giving it a little time has improved my spec too! The downside is that only buying one or two bits at a time and it's easy to go overboard. Did I really need the vastly expensive Prime Titanium power supply? Did I really need 32Gb RAM? Did I really need a fancy glass case and loads of LEDS? Probably not, but we're here now.
All the fans are Corsair Mag Lev, including push pull on the H115i AIO. On idle it runs quieter than a 2 disk NAS, and only gets to a very mild hum gaming. All 4 rad fans run from the Thermaltake PWM commander, which gets it's signal from the AIO. This way I'm not stressing the AIO fan controller. I know Noctua fans are probably better, but I just couldn't cope with the brown. Also, I didn't want custom water because of all the maintenance, It was just more hassle than I've got time for.
I've only recently done a very subtle mod of putting some washers in behind the mounts for the top panel, which lifts it slightly and increases the air gap. Also, getting 2 very long LED strips allowed extra loops under the top and behind the front panel. The glow and little light patterns are super cool. Colours are a throwback to 80's Neon / Outrun / Cocktail...