I set out to build a PC primarily for gaming and through my research decided to build around 1080p/144hz specs for AAA games. This was my first PC build and I enjoyed the component selection process and learned a lot going through it. Here are some of my thoughts on how things went.
Overall - I helped a friend with a very similar build a few days before and things went smoothly and we learned a few things to help mine go even easier. The process was a lot simpler than I expected going in and I had a lot of fun. I set mine up with two 140MM intake and the two 120MM fans that came with the case as exhaust on top. I currently have my radiator fan pulling in at the back to see how it performs in that config. Everything seems to run well so far.
CPU - Landed on the 8600K because I couldn't quite justify the additional $ to go up to an 8700 or 9700. I have not done any benchmarking or tried overclocking yet.
CPU cooler - Had a good sale and decided to spend a few more $ over the base air cooler I had intended to purchase. Installation was easy and everything seems to work well out of the box. Again I have not done any stress testing to see how far this will let me go on the OC, but I do not intend to push it to the max.
Motherboard - Went back and forth on a ton of different models, but ended up deciding on the Taichi due to a great sale on this one bringing it to the same price range I was looking into. I am really happy with this so far, plenty of chassis fan options, easy installation, good aesthetics, and came with wifi.
RAM - Went with this when the price dropped to the level of other non-RGB options, happy with it so far. Updated the XMP and currently runs at 3000.
SSD - Will very likely add an NVME in the near future, but this is working well for now.
GPU - Went with the 1070ti after some consideration on the higher and lower end. At $350 I could justify the extra spend over lower options to ensure high settings at 144 hz on 1080p. In the end I could not justify the extra spend for marginal upgrade to the 2070 and certainly not the huge $$ to get the clear benefit of a 2080. Found a good sale on this particular build and so far I am happy with the results. I have done some marginal OC from stock using the EVGA XOC, but nothing more than the base level frequency increase.
Case - I had tagged the 275R because of the clean look and couldn't resist the good pricing on the Newegg edition. I was a little leary at first but once I got it opened and especially once I started the build I really like this case. As others have said the glass panel is not the most user friendly to take on and off, especially while the case is upright. But the cable management, cooling options, and quality are all very good. It looks great once completed and I am very happy with my choice.
Power supply - Easy to use, came with MORE than enough cables. Went a little overkill on size due to a good sale.
Case fans - Great so far. Low noise and quality feels great.
Very happy with this motherboard for the price ($179 on sale). It has plenty of fan headers, onboard wifi, and looks great as well. I had no issues during install and it seems to be working great one week into operation. Will update the review if I do any overclocking to see how it supports it.
Easy to update XMP, runs well so far with minimal testing, and looks great.
Very happy with this case so far. The cooling options are great and there is plenty of space without it feeling too large. It looks great in the completed build and the cable management was simple and straightforward. The tempered glass side panel could definitely be more user friendly, but it looks great when on and feels very secure. Everything feels well made and for the price I certainly have no complaints.
Easy install, plenty of cables, came with ties for cable management. Not much else to say!
Good quality and low noise, no issues so far.