Description

This was a Black Friday/Christmas build I have been planning since around July. As you can see there is no Video Card yet because I am waiting on Volta. Im planning to get a 1060 as a placeholder until the 2080 comes out (could be a while but I can wait).

CPU Right when these came out, I ordered an 8700 from B&H. Later in the week, for some reason I got an 8700k. I was pretty happy, but there was really no need for me to overclock because I am just gaming mostly on this system, so with coffee lake still being new and out of stock everywhere at the time, I sold it on ebay and made a profit of $300. Then I went back to B&H and ordered another 8700 (hoping they would make the same mistake) and I got the 8700 Non-K.

Cooler Mainly for aesthetics, and its keeping everything nice and cool.

Mobo With the S340 Elite White, I thought this would be a great match, with the silver coloring. It really makes the PC stand out with its shiny silver and the rgb lighting reflecting off from it. Has everything I needed and I got it on a Black Friday sale.

RAM I picked this up from newegg for $160. I loved the rgb lighting and the price was not too bad. Memory has gone up no much these days. Right now as I am writing this, the same kit is $230. It has only been a week...

PSU Needed Modular, got it -$20. Silent and 620W. Works great.

Case I had the regular S340 a long time ago, the red to be exact. This time, instead of the overused Red and Black theme (I like it, its just not very original anymore) I decided White and Black. It can go Rainbow pretty well too, better than Black can imo. Plenty room for the cables and nice airflow. Rad size is limited to the side if you want anything bigger than 240mm. Cannot push/pull either if you have 280mm because of the cables for your case that stick out. The tempered glass looks amazing with the whiteness of the case.

Lighting I love the Hue+. There is just so many options and it really looks good. I thought I may have problems with the Asus Aura program being bricked by the NZXT Cam software, but it all worked out.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU. Does everything I need it too. Went with Non-K because I just use it for gaming, there was no need to spend the extra $$. A++

CPU Cooler

Looks Stunning. Once of the best looking coolers out there imo. Quiet and keeps everyhting nice and cool.

Motherboard

Looks amazing, works well with a white/black build. I did not like how little USB 2.0 headers were put on this board. Also, the rear I/O is really lacking in USB, but overall, Solid Mobo

Memory

Looks amazing, and operating at 2400 consistently.

Storage

Can't hit SSD type speeds, but its much faster than a standard mechanical hard drive. Its quiet too.

Case

Looks amazing, the white and black look good with any build. The tempered glass is phenomenal. One of my favorite cases. Plenty of room for cables and airflow.

Power Supply

Picked it up with $20 off its tag. 620W is plenty for what I needed it for. Very quiet and black cables are really nice.

Custom

Green Switches very tactile and clicky. So many different lighting options.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'd recommend you get a 1060 6GB, but hey, if it works, great! Build looks gorgeous

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks very nice! Good strategy! What the max packet power consumption did you see with your 8700? Mine is very high. I am suspecting mine is defective.

Would you mind to run Intel tool to stress the CPU shortly to see what max package TDP you get? Mine is 117W.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

My average is 52W but did reach 75W. Something does appear to be wrong with 117W.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I wonder if the difference is caused by the cooler and / or motherboard. What is your max turbo boost power? Here is a screenshot of mine: https://imgur.com/b2Clak9

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question- Why did you get a 280mm radiator for a stock, non-overclockable CPU when you could have saved money by maybe getting the x42 or maybe an air cooler?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Its already been upgraded to a 8700k running at 5.0 Ghz

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. Good build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

i had a firecuda that died within 3 months. did that happen to you ever?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No, Ive used firecuda drives for many pc builds and not one has ever failed on me yet.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

ah might have been my drive

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

did you get that mobo fro under $200? i saw the price was around that a few months ago when i resolved to make this apart of my build, but now amazon is showing it to be selling for $360!!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that was the price I got it for right when it came out. There is one on Newegg right now for only $155. Its open box though, but Neweggs support and return policy are really great. I would give it a try if I were you.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a quick question, how is your trident z only glowing in white?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Using the ASUS Aura software.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh thanks!!