I set out to make a future-proof gaming PC to use post graduation for my first proper desktop computer. In that I went all out in order to make this thing as powerful as I could (within reason). As first builds go, I had a few speed bumps along the way, but once it was up and running all was well.
Starting with the CPU, I was able to overclock it to a steady 4.8GHz at 1.31V up from its stock 3.7GHz. This actually quite improved my performance in some CPU heavy games like Battlefield 1. Next there's the graphics card. The EVGA1080 Ti FTW3 is an absolute monster. It destroys everything you put in its path. Able to crank out Ultra setting on every game while maintaining high frames in even the most taxing (will discuss later with monitor). The RAM and motherboard are standard fare. Mobo is really solid and has lots of nice hookups as well as a very good WiFi adapter (and Bluetooth). It comes with a signal extender that you screw in that does magic for your signal strength. Lastly the monitor: the HP OMEN X35 ultra-wide 2K VA panel that has a 100Hz refresh rate. I know perfectly well that 4K gaming even on something as good as a 1080 Ti is really difficult to pull off. So I went with the next best thing, 2K and a massive screen to enjoy it on. G-Sync is also a great addition, especially for those taxing games on your frame rate. This thing hits 100fps on just about everything (and I'm sure it could do even more), and when you see how good everything looks on this wide screen the extra 44Hz you might be craving will be a thing of the past. Besides gaming the level of productivity you can get with a screen this large is a great plus. And without those pesky outlines of a 2 monitor setup.
The dream was to have RGB everywhere. RGB keyboard, mouse, RAM, Mobo, GFX Card, fans, and even an LED strip. Most of that came to fruition upon completion, however . . .
Beginners luck obviously doesn't always apply and I had many an issue with the build, mostly due to haste and less than stellar patience. Needing to double check things were plugged in well, restarting the system over and over, and even taking out the GPU, RAM and all power cables and rewiring everything. To that end, it took me a few weeks to have the gumption to go back at plug up my LED Halos for the case fans and the Phanteks LED strip for the case. And even that was a "fun" wiring experience. Lastly, when I went to OC this guy, my goal was 5.0GHz but after some trial and error and blue screens, I settled with 4.8GHz for performance and temperature. My system does not get wildly hot which was ultimately more important to me than that magical 5 number.
Testing out some blu rays in my blu ray drive as well as various things from Netflix and other streaming services, the use of the 21:9 aspect ratio is hit or miss. TV shows won't support it and you'll have black bars on either side. Netflix (browser) and various media players (Leawoo for BDs, VLC for everything else) can be messed with in the settings to get the full screen taken advantage of. Movies especially as they are letterboxed top and bottom, a simple zoom and say goodbye to those black bars forever.
Heat was another key thing I was concerned about, but with the 3 case fans as well as 2 for the radiator of the excellent Corsair H115i water cooler and the 3 fans on the 1080 Ti, everything stay cool as a whistle. Never getting above 60°C at 100% load for the CPU. Idles between 25-28°C and gaming temps are in the 44-47°C range. GPU is much the same story idling around 35-38°C and when gaming hitting just below 60°C.
Gaming wise, what more could be said. 100fps (likely higher but I keep V-Sync on to prevent overshooting my monitor's refresh) at 3440x1440p on Ultra settings for every game save for Battlefield 1 where it runs a steady 94-97fps. Dipping no lower than 90fps when the explosions are going at their most frequent.
All in all I love this thing and I couldn't be happier with all my purchased items.