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My first complete build. Well, I actually built it a year ago, and just went through a slight rebuild. You see, GPU prices were through the roof in Jan/Feb/March 2018 when I was gathering parts to build this, so I decided to hold off on that and continue using the MSI 980 Ti from my old PC. I didn't want to spend $1400 on a 1080 Ti... literally double the MSRP.

So I waited... and then I spent $1500 on a 2080 Ti... lol

What was supposed to be a simple GPU upgrade turned into nearly a complete tear down and rebuild. Swapped from SP120 RGB fans to the ML120 RGB Pro. Added some custom length GPU, MB, and CPU power cables from CableMod. Added the 2TB Intel NVME SSD for games. Swapped a 250 GB SSD for a 500 GB Samsung... for more games. (I have 4TB of SSD in this thing now... is that enough? lol jk). Swapped out some minor case parts that Corsair offers for the 570x.

The thing is SUPER quiet now that the fans aren't blowing full all the time. And the mag-lev bearings in the ML120s are much quieter than whatever the SP120s had in them.

Anyways, there it is and I'm done with upgrades for now. I love the way this case looks... but I have to keep several bottles of Windex on-hand now. I feel the need to clean the glass like once a week.

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. - in case you're wondering why I have FOUR SSDs... The only drive I purchased when I built the PC was the 960 Pro. The 2.5" drives were borrowed from my last system. Figured if I had them, they might as well get put to use.

P.P.S - I imaging most of the prices are pretty off. I didn't lock them in when I purchased the components.

Part Reviews

CPU

I know people have said you need to de-lid this guy, but I've had no issues keeping it in the 40-50C range while gaming using the Corsair H150i Pro cooler (360mm AIO).

I'm a fan.

CPU Cooler

This thing has no issues keeping my 8700k nice an cool (40-50C while gaming).

The RGB is nice to set based on CPU temp, but I'd prefer it if it were an addressable set of LEDs rather than just being stuck with one color at a time.

Motherboard

The thing is great. Probably overkill if you, like me, aren't going to make a custom loop, but the BIOS/UEFI is solid. Make sure you check the QVL for the memory, because I've had issues with the Corsair Vengence RGB (not Pro) which is not on the QVL list.

Memory

It's nice and fast memory, but it doesn't seem to be compatible with my motherboard (ROG Maximus X Formula). I don't know if it's because of having all 32GB on one channel or what the problem is, but I'd get the Vengeance RGB pro if you want to avoid compatibility issues.

Storage

Going strong for over three years now (i think).

Storage

Nice, cheap, Samsung. What more could you want?

Storage

Bought this right before the 970 Pro came out for my OS drive. Works as expected. Read and Write is fast. Allegedly long-life too, though I've only had it for a year so I can't say.

Video Card

Screams "gaming power". Looks sleek without being in-your-face. The AIO cooler does an excellent job, so all the heat from the GPU is vented to outside of my case rather than swirling around inside for a while.

Case

Absolutely beautiful case and pretty fun to work with. Forces you to spend time and effort on cable management. If you're lazy, it shows. I actually like that about this case though you may not.

Only complaint is fingerprints... I now keep windex and microfiber cloths close at hand.

Seriously, my only real complaint is the lack of grommets for the front panel connectors. There's only one. Also, the PSU basement lacks a front-plate, but you can purchase one from corsair for a few bucks that really improves the look of the case.

Cooling is great. I have a Corsair h150i pro (360mm aio) on the front and my EVGA 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid's radiator is on the rear.

Case Fan

This was quite an improvement over the SP120 RGBs I had previously. I really liked the look of the SP120s, but these were close and they are orders of magnitude quieter, thanks in part to the PWM control.

Monitor

No complaints here. I bought this because it was the cheapest 1440p 144Hz monitor I could find.

10 months later Nvidia announces that G-Sync will only work perfectly on about 12 non-Gsync monitors... and this is one of them.

The G-Sync works really well on this. Haven't noticed any issues.

Mouse

Expensive. Can't say it's worth the price, but it's a great mouse. I love it.

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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one of the sexiest builds ive seen on pcpp holy smokes. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Glad you like it. Coming from your username, that really means a lot. lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey u have enough storage for a NAS & games. By Joga, keeps the kids hand print off. I know what u mean about the MINING CRYPTO CURRENCY. Just like RAM prices. Here is my link https://pcpartpicker.com/b/T83bt6

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No kids yet. Main issue is noseprints from the cat. He likes to watch the OLED display on the mobo even when the system is off.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

what disk is that????? an clean build thumps up hhhh

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The desk is a custom build from IKEA parts that I ordered. It's actually two desk sides with a tabletop resting on them.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

For a second i thought someone had the ....s to put an 8700k and 2080ti in a Deepcool - Tesseract case.

If anyone ever does this i will auto +1 their build if they can get all their components from thermal throttling ( overclocked of course )

Anyways good build, overkill PSU, 600w probably would've been gud, even with overclocking. +1 worthy for sure.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, the PSU was an impulse buy when an old one died in my last PC. I got mad because I overdrew the last one a bit, and I didn't want to worry about that in the future. Mission accomplished. lol. It was only a couple years old when it got transferred to this build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Tesseract Makes it orange instead of Blue

Great setup nonetheless

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. It was blue at one point. I like to change the overall color scheme every couple of months.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

LMFAO "So I waited... and then I spent $1500 on a 2080 Ti... lol" this is me right now. Waiting for a good sale or SOMETHING but will inevitably buy for around the same I fear. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I waited. And waited. Eventually gave in. Good luck!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the reply

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build there man the color scheme and everything just seems umm....... PERFECT!, +1 for the awesome work even on a bad case of its type m8, btw did you overclock and how are the temps???thanks if reply and good luck!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, just saw this. Thanks for your kind words.

I conservatively overclocked it. CPU is at 4.7Ghz. Idles between 30-40C, stays around 50-55C when gaming. GPU is at +125 core clock and +800 memory. Not sure what it idles at, but it stays around 50-60C when gaming.