I've been away from the gaming scene for a pretty long time now. The first and last time I built a gaming PC was way back in 2002 while in College doing by Under Grads. So that's a good 15 years gap. A lot has changed since then, we now have a slew of processors and Graphics card compared to back then but the main competing manufacturers still remain the same like Intel , AMD( for processor's) and NVIDIA, ATi RADEON( for Graphics cards ).
The main purpose of my PC will be for just occasional gaming, photo editing and video editing, Also I want my system to be very reliable and last me a long time so it shouldn't get out of date soon, so I didn't really want to blow all my cash on a top of the line high end system, just enough( like overclocking ) for my modest requirements . I'm not a big fan of frequent upgrades. Due to my earlier experience with building a PC and my experience with the Asus brand (since I usually have their laptops), my obvious brands were Intel, Nvidia and Asus.
I really didn't want to spend a lot of this build but as usual I got carried away and spent a lot extra especially for the RGB lightning for the RAM modules and NZXT Hue+. My kid loves it so it was totally worth it.
My build and selecting parts was a lot easier since I had viewed a lot of similar builds here on pcpartpicker and gone through a lot of video builds on youtube by Bitwit,pcpartpicker, hardwarecanucks etc. My main difficulty was choosing between the Case and Air Coolers because of the size of air coolers it's very difficult to find out which one would fit flush inside the case and not meddle with the RAM modules and other stuffs inside the cabinet.
CPU : Intel Core i5 7600k
I know AMD has Ryzen processor with a million cores but I read that even after all these years they do have heating issues and run much warmer than intel. So this is the reason why I chose Intel again and made sure it's over clockable so that if needed in future I can increase the speed. Also this means I can get away with just air coolers since I won't be taxing my system a lot.
MOTHERBOARD: Asus Strix Z270E
I chose the Asus brand since I have their laptops and am very happy with the reliability of their products. The Z270E was chosen because of many features like in-built WiFi, Bluetooth, slew of USB ports(2.0,3.0) and headers, Supreme FX in built Audio card, Multiple GPU Support etc.
VIDEO CARD: Asus GeForce GTX 1070
I chose the GTX 1070 because it could play all the recent games at Ultra settings without breaking a sweat and if it ever gets overwhelmed I can just add another 1070 through SLI.
CASE: NZXT S340 Elite
I was torn between this and the Corsair 570X which looked just lovely. But I finally opted for the S340 Elite because of better cable management and cheaper price. The extra money I saved with this could be used for my RGB lighting which my kid loved.
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212X
I straight away rejected the AIO coolers due to their poor reliability and also since I wasn't going to immediately overclock my system. Chose the 212X because of it's better heat dissipation design and so far it has been very silent and good.
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB
Chose this specially for those lovely RGB LED's. It's very pricey but totally worth it. Feels nice and heavy to the touch as well. Built quality is top notch.
STORAGE: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
Choose this due to it's stellar reviews online. I'm seeing fast boot times already.
POWER SUPPLY: *Corsair RMx 650W Gold certified
This has headroom for one more graphics card and it has a lot of connection capabilities.