Building A Gaming Machine
Building out a gaming machine can be costly if you don't know what you are looking for or what is better than another thing on your list (or even if something isn't on your list). New stuff comes out every day.
Below you will find the list of component I used (including my building Night fury video) that shows the actual process of building out a gaming tower.
I started out with finding a motherboard. In this case, we used the MSI Z170-A Pro (specs)
Then I already had a CPU which was the Intel Core i7 6700 which I received from a friend for a very good price but you can find the retail price (here)
I then moved on to RAM. I chose to use 20GB of DDR4 2100Mhz (3x4GB sticks & 1x8GB) to evenly distribute the load across the system. You can get Kingston for a decent price on 2x 8GB modules (here)
Replaced SSD with a SkHynix 256GB.
Thinking about storage and speed at the same time I knew I already had plenty (at the time) of hard drives laying around so I decided option A would be to go with an M.2 SSD. Not only does it attach to the board but it a low profile slim form factor and it would keep my data safe in the event of OS failure.
I wanted to go pretty far with graphics on this particular machine. I wanted 4k ability and quick performance. I decided a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB was the better line between price and performance.
As for powering my unit, I decided that excess cables needed not to be in the system... I went with a fully modular system and only used what I needed. Photon 650Watt
Other: Blu-Ray Drive, Bluetooth + Wifi PCI card, Front fans+Top Fans, etc.
The Night Fury
Motherboard: MSI Z170A Pro
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2100Mhz
SSD: M.2 SSD Crucial 240GB (not NvME)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Power Supply: 650W Fully-Modular - Gold Rated