I've added the EVGA FTW3 Hybrid kit. In this build everything was virtually silent except the graphics card. Furthermore, temps were in excess of 80C in some games. Removing the side panels had little effect. I even wedged the Noctua A15 that came with the D15S between the power supply and the shroud to supply even more fresh air through the shroud to the GPU. I noticed no change in temps. This combined with JayzTwoCents video of GPU thermals in this case led me to believe it was just the card.
I installed the kit with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (because why not?). Temps now are in the upper 40s using RealBench stress test (LuxMark). I'm using a Noctua F12 chromax on the radiator controlled through CAM. The stock EVGA fan was incredibly loud. I bundled up the 2 pin fan wire from the graphics card and left it inside the shroud since I knew I wasn't going to be using it. Now there is a slight hum from the pump but the system only gets marginally louder under full load.
Since I knew the GPU fan would be replaced I took the opportunity to swap to a full sized ATX power supply. This gives me a bit more headroom while placing me in the optimal part of the efficiency curve under load.
Added a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO because I'm quickly amassing a game collection.
The Fame Monster
The build gets its name from the Gaga poster my girlfriend has in our office. I am admittedly also a Gaga fan and wanted to play off the black and white color scheme.
This build began life in early January as a couch gaming rig in a Fractal Design Node 202 with an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB card. I managed to snag the 1080 Ti via an EVGA in-stock alert a few weeks ago which necessitated the move to a larger case. Around the same time I scooped up the Alienware 34" ultrawide monitor through Dell with a nice discount through my employer.
A bit of inspiration was borrowed from Vincanti's and Rdoxey's H200i builds.
Currently overclocked to 5.0 GHz @ 1.31 volts and a -2 AVX offset.
A big fan of the aesthetics of this case. I was also cross shopping the Fractal Define Nano S (window) but ultimately decided against it due to lack of TG. I am not a fan of the durability of acrylic.
The Smart Device on the NZXT case didn't matter much to me but I gave it a chance. After several attempts (NZXT servers were down) I finally got the adaptive calibration process to complete. Unfortunately I was not happy with its results and manually configured the fan curves myself. This took me 5 whole minutes as opposed to the ~2 hours I spent fiddling with the calibration process. Do yourself a favor and bypass that feature.
One benefit of the NZXT Smart Device is the 3 individually controlled PWM fan channels as opposed to the 2 (CHA + AIO) on my motherboard. The CAM software allows you to key off the GPU or CPU temp for the fan curve. This allows me to run the lower front tied to the GPU with a more aggressive curve than that of the top fan. The rear is set for the CPU but again a more aggressive curve as it is a smaller fan.
As a whole the CAM software seems half baked. The in-game overlay doesn't work, the remote app on Android wouldn't work for days on end (same server problem?), and the system monitor features are no better than HWInfo but seem to utilize more of the CPU. I still have it installed in case I want to mess with the RGB but prefer HWInfo for system info.
At the time of my build the 8700K was out of stock. Since this rig was intended to be a gaming machine I wasn't too bummed to miss out on hyperthreading.
Due to the length of the GPU I knew I couldn't run a Kraken, thus my second (serendipitous?) choice was a Noctua cooler. This thing just barely fits. Clearance to the top of the case is a bit tight. I had to use a long, flat screwdriver to push the fan clips up and over the top of the heatsink. The Noctua covers require some coaxing. Overall I think this cooler was the correct choice over the regular D15.
EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW
Not much to say here. One of the best 1080 Tis out there. After a week of trying to get any reasonable 1080 Ti I just happened to get lucky via EVGA's website (had my billing and shipping info prefilled for fast checkout).
Recommended minimum spec for this card. As originally stated this build started as a couch gaming rig with a 1060. I had planned a little headroom for upgrading, but I didn't think I would end up at a 280 watt card. With the overclock and all of the other estimates via PCPartPicker I'm somewhere in the mid 400s for utilization. If I upgrade in the future I'd look at something SFX from SilverStone (if Corsair doesn't come out with something > 600w).
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Originally picked this due to its low profile nature for Big Shuriken compatibility in the Node 202. I've always been a fan of Corsair memory.
Asus ROG Strix Z370-I
Usually stick with Asus for motherboards and this was the only one available for Coffee Lake. Does everything I need. Built in wireless is nice.
Samsung 960 EVOs
250 GB is set up as OS drive with the 500 GB for games. I typically only play a couple of games at a time so this shouldn't be an issue. If I need more space I have room for 3 2.5" drives that I'll fill in as needed.
Based on a couple reviews I've seen of this case with an SFX power supply I knew the stock cables wouldn't work (also had the premium cables in the Node 202). Although spendy I think the white cables go well with the build.
Noctua case fans because they're the best.