Description

Backstory

Been planning on switching from my gaming laptop to PC for over a year, I've been lurking /r/buildapc and here to learn all the lingos, parts and guides. As my laptop wanes, I finally pulled the trigger and bought all the parts over the course of a week. I took a day off work to complete the build and it POST without any hiccups! I went from a complete noob to a PC building addict, I still frequent the community to learn and help aspiring builders with their questions!

Selection

Since I was in no rush to replace my laptop, I took my time to research all the parts and decided to go for the best parts (within reasonable means). I have a flexible budget of $2K without peripherals for a gaming PC. I think my part choices are pretty standard that emphasize performance & looks. I don't think I'll need to upgrade any parts soon, but in an ideal world I would fill up my RAM remaining slots and NVME SSD when the price drops

Process

The build itself took 5 hours including installing the OS. I did a lot of research and watched a lot of video prior to the build so I have a pretty good mental grasp of what to do and what to look out for. The only two things that I wasn't prepared for were: 1) CPU Crunch was worse than I anticipated, I was geuinely scared that I ruined my CPU 2) Cable connections require more figuring out since most build videos don't go through it in detail, coupled with all the extra cables that comes with the mobo & power supply made me doubt myself multiple times

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU with powerful processing power. Temperature tends to spike randomly but it has no impact on performance.

CPU Cooler

Great CPU cooler with beautiful design, pretty easy to install. The sound isn't that bad and I can barely hear it below my desk. CAM Software is unstable at times, meaning that it doesn't recognize my saved profile.

Motherboard

Looks nice, comes with on-board wifi and great UEFI functionalities that admittedly I will not utilize fully

Memory

Awesome RAM with amazing integration with ASUS Aura software. Very easy to set up lighting

Storage

One of the staple SSD's to get, very fast and doesn't get too hot

Video Card

Amazing GPU with strong OC capability. Runs all of my games at MAX settings. No coil whine unless I'm running stress tests. I have having trouble OCing it past the 2050Mhz, will continue to tweak it until then.

Case

Great case to build in, very nice finish. Keep note that there are no filters on the top and back exhaust, therefore its best for exhaust fans only!

Power Supply

Great PSU without any problems, comes with all the necessary cables without any trouble

Monitor

Amazing monitor with some black light bleeds (unavoidable). Can live with it if you don't play in the dark that often

Custom

CAM Software is unstable at times, meaning that it doesn't recognize my saved profile. Otherwise the lighting strips are great and very bright!

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is hot man, great job

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Appreciate the compliment! :D

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it :O Nice and tidy & great choice of parts. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING! Just AMAZING!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I had buyers remorse with the Corsair Vengeance LED, should have gone for the Trident! Would have matched my build better.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

i have bad experience with extension cable like that, my pc keep shutting down and i checked bios and i saw 3.3v and 5v drop untill now i dont use sleeved cable anymore

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you elaborate?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for my bad english, my point is I dont use custom cable like that because that thing almost fry my mobo

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry to hear that. I have no problems with it right now. Hopefully it doesn't happen, although custom cable extensions are pretty common. So I figured it should be pretty reliable

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply perfect.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You build looks perfect. I am torn between s340 elite and the p400s. I went w the evga ftw 3 1080 ti but I would love to know what your gaming temps are with the strix 1080 ti with only 2x exhaust fans?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My GPU temps runs below 70 °C at full load & full fan. It is not that loud if you are gaming. My CPU however gets pretty hot, it hovers at 30~35 °C just at idle and spikes to 40~50 °C randomly for 1 second before coming down. I think it's pretty common on the Kaby Lake because of it's infamous TIM. I may look to de-lidd in the future!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, that's awesome. And the CPU temp isn't even that bad. I've seen lidded 7700ks get much hotter.

Great job and thanks for the info, super helpful. Congrats & enjoy!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build :D Where do you have the lighting strips in your case? I have the same setup and was wondering. And how are you liking the Strix card, any problems? I'm looking to get one.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The strips are along the bottom, front and top of the case (All on the tempered glass panel side). No problem with mine, no coil whine except during stress tests. Below is my benchmark, I don't know why it is below the average percentile... couldn't figure it out

UserBenchmarks: Game 121%, Desk 107%, Work 84%

Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 97.8%
GPU Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti 147.3%
SSD Samsung 850 Evo 500GB 117.7%
HDD WD Blue 1TB (2012) 97%
RAM G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB 97.1%
MBD Asus STRIX Z270E GAMING
  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome man, great build! I returned my first Strix 1080 Ti due to excessive coil whine. Usually the lower percentile is due to being compared to overclocked builds with the same components. Anyway, congrats on the build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but I've also OC'ed mine as well. Maybe I just didn't win the silicon lottery, but regardless it's a beast of a GPU anyways!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What cable extensions did you use, I am looking at building something very similar.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I used Ensourced. Seems like mod-one is another good alternative as well

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, I'm soon going to buy near enough the exact same build as you. I was thinking of getting the 750w EVGA GQ, but the 650w version of the same model is cheaper, will the 650w version be sufficient? Also could you link me to the cable extensions you used?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The 650W should be enough unless you are planning on SLI in the future. I would recommend EVGA G2/G3 instead of the GQ. PSU is very important, you don't want a crappy one that can fry your other parts!!! I use ensourced.net for my cable extensions, they are great!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Another question, Just need to make sure, did you have enough USB Headers on the motherboard or did you need to get the NZXT or any other 3rd part USB header hub?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

My motherboard has 3 USB 2.0 Headers and I've used them all without needing to buy any header hub. The 3 are: Kraken, Hue+ and Case Front Panel IO

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for all the comments but I just received all my parts today, I own the same motherboard as you but when I powered the PC on everything booted, fans spun, LED's were on but there was no post. Did you have to install the BIOS from a USB or do I have a faulty motherboard. I checked all the connections, re-seated the RAM and GPU (and yes I had the display plugged into the GPU).

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Your monitor should show something when things turn on, and you should go into the BIOS. Use this link for step by step troubleshooting

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

any conflicts with cam and aura?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

None so far, you'll just have to pick what lights up with what

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the NZXT hue always shine purple, or can you switch the color on the white box? Can it be turned on/off?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I am aware of... it's always been on. You can't change the color, but you might be able to turn it off

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

This build sucks. super lame, you must be a worse estimator than Wes.

-Definitelynotben

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't even think about reporting me either. I'll build a button to destroy you.