2nd Build - Gaming machine primarily. I wanted a smaller form factor.
CPU: good future proofing, decent price. Didn't see a need for i7
MOBO: I wanted wifi, potential for SATA express/m.2 etc. Nice sound on this one as well. Couldn't beat the price with an ASUS. ASRock just slashed the price for some reason.
RAMM: Nothing special. Dual channel, 8GB for future proofing.
SSD: No reason not to get the best here; great reviews from everyone. Super quick. Bootup is now almost instant.
HDD: For storage.
GPU: I thought about this long and hard. I bought this when it was first released and the power requirements were touted. My monitor is 1080. I couldn't see going to a 970 for $150 more. Just didn't make sense. The radeon was a consideration - and maybe i made the wrong pick - but i thought the latest/greatest would be better for the same price. Next upgrade on this will be to a better GPU, once this one runs out of steam.
CASE: Its great. Highly recommend. Very cool design. Easy. Great price. Can't complain at all. Driver of the build.
PSU: I had a 430W, but someone recommended going 500+ in case of overclock. For the price tradeoff, this 600W was the best value for a semi-modular. If i do upgrade GPU, this will cover it.
Monitor: I had it from the last build, but it is just fine. 2nd upgrade will be for this to go to 2440 along with the graphics card. But i think that is a few years off... or maybe 4k. EDIT: I added a Dell 24inch and the quality is MUCH IMPROVED. I can't believe how much money i spent on creating a gaming PC and didn't focus on the actual visual output.
CPU Cooler: Decided on the silverstone AR02. Fits the case. Little tight on the ram so had to move it up. Wanted a Zalman 8900 but NO AVAILABILITY!!! ARGH. Anyway, we will give this one a go.
Lights: Two strips (white and amber)
Cable management: Bought some sleeved cables tables and a ton of velcro ties (cheap).
No overclock: Passmark rating 4700. Runs Elite Dangerous on Ultra, no lag at all. All MOBAs highest settings etc.
Just did a quick overclock with the Asrock A-Tune program. 4.2mhz. New passmark score of 5071. Going to test stability.
Does as advertised.
Easy to use. Small. Innovative