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Hi everyone! Finally finished this build so let's start with the basics!

CPU- I chose the i7-8700k for its overclocking performance. After using an R5 1600 for a few months, I decided I needed something stronger for better gaming and streaming performance. The i7-8700k is OC to 5GHz and after delid, temps average 52c while gaming/streaming. Delid was a little pain but after getting the liquid metal right, the temps dropped significantly. I didn't seal the CPU after the delid because I wanted the IHS to sit completely flush. The delid paired with the EK A240G really lets me push the system and will allow me to further overclock the CPU in the future.

GPU- So... Titan Xp... After a TON of searching and price matching, the Titan Xp was cheaper (at the time of purchase) than getting the 1080Ti I had my eye on. The Titan is OC via MSI Afterburner, core +150, memory +300. The GPU is cooled by the EKWB A240G kit and at full load, it sits comfortably at 61c. I thought about a Titan Xp SLI configuration but after reading reviews and other blog posts, it doesn't seem practical considering that most games don't support SLI. For the time being, the Titan Xp is working like a dream!

Cooling- As I mentioned earlier, the CPU and GPU is cooled by the EK Fluid Gaming A240G kit with average temps around 52c. For case and radiator fans, I decided to go with the Corsair LL series fans. Originally all the fan were Noctua Industrial 3000rpm fans but the noise was atrocious. The fans on the radiator are set to performance mode while the case fans are set to balance. Controlling the fans is the Corsair Commander Pro and the Corsair Link software. IMHO the Link software compared to NZXT Cam is a lot easier to use. I have also noticed that my fan settings stay the same after an update, Cam reset them all. The biggest cooling asset is the case. I chose the Fractal Design Meshify C case for its design and massive airflow. The entire front panel is mesh and the dual 120mm fans take full advantage of that.

Ram- For ram, I don't have much to say other than RGB! Originally I had the Gskill Flare X 16GB 3200 kit installed because it was left over from a previous build and ram prices suck. I have now changed it to the Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB 3200 kit. I didn't really need double the ram right now but its a step towards future applications. A plus for the ram is the compatibility with the Corsair Link software as I didn't want to add a third controller software.

I'll leave everything else to your imagination. The storage and peripherals were all personal preference from experiences in the past. Lmk what you think and don't hesitate to ask any questions! Thanks!

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Not much to say. Looks cool

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Can you control all the LL fans with the inclusive controller or did you use additional parts?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and no. To get the basic controller (node pro) and the rgb hub you either have to get the 2 pack of 140mm fans or the 3 pack of the 120mm fans. For my build I bought the 2 pack of 140mm fans because I needed the included 6 rgb channel hub to connect to the Corsair Commander Pro I had from a previous build. Sadly the single pack fans come with nothing but the fan.

Edit: also keep in mind the controllers need sata power to work. It was a lot of extra cables to add for cable management. 2 cables from each fan. 2 sata power for the hub and controller. Plus the data cable from the hub to the controller and controller to motherboard.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man, +1. Could you link me the GPU block though? Seems interesting.

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi Jumpest! Here is the EKWB site: https://www.ekfluidgaming.com. I bought it from Newegg though. Cheaper and faster shipping within the US: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC8W5SB2259&cm_re=a240g-_-9SIAC8W5SB2259-_-Product

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow! Awesome man! I appreciate the extra mile for just some random guy! +++++1 for the help

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! Happy building!

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