After months of researching, rumination and waiting for the bitcoin craze to cool I finally pulled the trigger. The intent was to have a rig with quality parts that could run the most current games on high settings while looking sharp and be able to upgrade the system in the future. In order to keep the RGB lighting effects consistent I chose as many Corsair components as possible.
Since I'm a sucker for the latest gadgets I went with the 8086k which was recently introduced a month ago. I sent the "binned 8700k" processor to Silicon Lottery to get delidded and binned yet again. I was intending to do the delidding and apply the liquid metal myself but wanted to get my processor benchmarked. Per SL my processor is good for 5.1 GHz and in the future will receive an overclock. Cooling the 8086k is the Corsair H150i, the largest of the AIOs that Corsair offers. The ubiquitous Asus ROG Maximus X Hero was used to house all the components and will offer a way to safely overclock in the future and go with an SLi.
The first case I had my eyes on was the Corsair 570x but as soon as I saw the 500D RGB SE I knew that it was the case for me. The smoked tempered glass along with the LL120s, vs the SP120s that the 570x comes with, were some of the biggest factors in choosing the 500D over the 570x. The 500D also comes with the commander pro and the side panels swing out for easy access. 3 additional LL120s were added in addition to the 3 in the front that came with the case.
I went with a panda, black and white, theme for the build. The Corsair Dominator Platinum is a special edition which features the contrast of a white body with black heat spreaders. The white LED is not RGB but with all the other RGB elements in the case I thought that going with RGB ram would be overkill. I picked the RMx 750w because not only is the body of the PSU white but the power cables as well which freed me from having to custom sleeve the cables.
For storage I wanted to free up cable clutter and try the latest in hard drive technology. Going for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe was in my opinion more reasonable than going for the Pro as the only benefits would have been an extra 200 Mb/s for write speed.
edit: I was having issues with wifi dropping with the onboard wifi. Maybe an issue with the mobo. I've since added a wifi card and have not had any issues since.