This was my first PC build which I did a few months ago, and I just got around to taking pictures and editing them. This build is meant for gaming, programming, browsing, and video editing. I spent around 9 months saving money for all the parts and buying them along the way (yes, not the smartest idea. I know.) , so some are a bit outdated. It works pretty well, I can do 60 fps in most games, and render videos much faster than the family iMac I used to use. I only had one problem, which was that the CPU heatsink was forming a corner with the motherboard VRM heatsinks that made it nearly impossible to screw one of the nuts in, so I only had 3 corners secured. Because of this, my CPU was hitting tj max (100C) under 100% load, but I was too lazy to do anything about it since I never run it under full load except stress testing. However, a week ago I finally got around to fixing it and I run at around 70C under full load, which is what I expected from such a huge heatsink.
The story behind the name "Gamestation 9001" is that a while back, my dad bough a Lenovo ThinkStation and named it "Gamestation 9000" in order to poke fun at me, so obviously I had to assert that my PC is better by adding one to the number.
This is a really good CPU for gamers and prosumers as well. It has one of the highest single-core performances for any CPU, and it has four cores with hyperthreading. It does have a pretty high heat output but you should be fine if you have a decent heatsink or an AIO watercooler. The price is especially nice if you live near a Micro Center, where I got one as a Black Friday deal for $250 (nearly $100 less than at other places), and they normally go for $270.
This cooler is a beast and is very quiet, and it has a pretty good price when it's at $60 (not when I bought it...). However, I did dock a star because the mounting system is hell. It took me 3 tries and around an hour to mount it with only 3 nuts (as detailed in the build description).
This motherboard is pretty average, and it's good for a more budget build as it's not overly expensive because of the "gamer" theme. They do have a version with wi-fi but it's more expensive, and you can get a USB adapter for like $5. As usual, ASUS' BIOS is superb.
It's memory, it looks good, and it works as advertised. This LP memory is especially good for big heatsinks like the Dark Rock Pro 3 which don't allow large heat spreaders.
A very good SSD, and very inexpensive. You can find it for around $90 now, and it has very competitive performance with higher end SSDs.
The STRIX is overall a pretty average 970. Obviously it has the 3.5GB RAM issue, but beside that, it works as advertised but the overclocking capabilities aren't great. Mine had an issue with one of the fans when I got it, but the ASUS RMA people replaced the fan quickly and painlessly.
This case is pretty good, but it has a few drawbacks. It looks amazing, has that NZXT craftsmanship, and has RGB lighting as well. It's also huge and will fit pretty much whatever you want in it. (it has NINE pci slots) However, the airflow isn't that great because the single 200mm fan in the front is almost entirely blocked by the hard drives. There is a 200mm on the side which is unobstructed, though, a 200mm in the top, and a 140mm in the back, all of which aren't very quiet, although they can be turned down or off with the built in fan controller. This case is also pretty pricey, but like a few other components, I got it on a Black Friday sale.