As much as I loved my Devil's Canyon rig that consisted of these core components:
4790K, MSI Z87-GD65, 32GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 1600, MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G
I wanted something new and a bit more future proof. So up for sale they went on Offer Up and Craigslist and I was really blessed to get enough for them to start me off with enough money to fund this new build.
- CPU & Motherboard -
I decided to go with the 8700K since it was the latest i7 CPU that Intel had to offer and I liked that it was Six-Core chip. It was also bundled with the MSI Z370 Gaming M5 at a decent price. I heard that this CPU overclocks pretty well and some have even been able to push it to 5GHz. I've been using MSI for years and haven't had a problem with any of their motherboards so I felt confident that I was getting a good board with the M5. And as much as I love the new color scheme and the RGB lighting, I wish it had built-in Start/Reset buttons on the board though. I guess I was just spoiled with my Z87-GD65 and my Z170A Gaming M7 from MSI and my Z97X Gaming 7 from Gigabyte. I think at the price point for this board, it should have come with those extra features.
- RAM -
I did have 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 2400 at the start of this build but soon replaced them with 32GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3000. I'm planning only using red for the color but I decided to get the RGB modules instead of the Red-only sticks in case I get the itch to go full RGB in the future.
- CPU Cooler -
I picked up the Corsair H115i Pro RGB because it was the newest AIO corsair had to offer at the time of writing this. I was thinking about getting the H150i Pro RGB but I wasn't sure if the 360mm Rad would be compatible being mounted at the top of my case and I'm not planning on OC'ing this more that 4.7GHz on all cores so the 280mm Cooler would be sufficient. Running Aida64 for an hour, I got a max 76C for the CPU with the Pump/Fan profile set to Balanced. I'm not sure if that's good at this level of OC'ing but it's good enough for me. I also replaced the stock thermal compound with some NT-H1. I've been using it for about a year now and find it to keep things cooler than AS5.
- SSDs & HDDs -
For the Boot drive, I used an mSATA drive enclosed in an mSATA to 2.5" SSD Adapter/Enclosure. I really didn't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling Windows and all the other programs I use and I don't see a noticeable difference as far as speed and performance goes compared to a standard 2.5" SSD.
I also picked up a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO along with a 2TB Hitachi Mechanical Drive. I use the SSD for my programs and games like Fallout 4 and the HDD for storing Videos and Pictures.
- GPU -
I was very lucky to come across a gentleman on Offer Up that was selling a MSI GTX 1080ti Gaming X TRIO. I've wanted this card for such a long time but wasn't willing to pay $1,400 for it when the Mining Craze was at its highest. He did admit that he mined with it for a couple of months but he also provided me with proof of purchase and the original box and accessories and he also stayed with me as I ran it through stress tests and benchmarks for over an hour to make sure I was satisfied and that the card was 100% functional. I was confident about purchasing a used mining card in this case since it was still under warranty and I've always found MSI's customer service to be top notch. I knew they would take care of me if something should go wrong in the future. I paid $775 for this card and could not be more happier. It performs like a beast, stays cool and quiet and it has all the fancy lighting that I could want.
- PSU -
The EVGA SuperNOVA G3's 750W variant is powering this whole rig. I've always liked EVGA and I'll be using their PSUs for all of my build from now on. I had a few Corsair PSUs but they failed within a year or two, one even failed after only 3 months of light use but I've never had an EVGA product crap out on me.
- Case -
I don't think I'll ever go back to anything smaller than a Full Tower Case after picking up the Corsair 780T. I love how much room it has for cable management and all the Tool-Less drive mounts for both SSDs and HDDs. I like that it has a built-in fan controller and that it has dust filters at the top, front, and bottom. My only gripes are that it doesn't have a PSU Shroud and that it doesn't provide enough clearance for a screwdriver when mounting a WIDE card like the Gaming X TRIO. I had to switch to steel thumbscrews so I could use a magnetic tipped screwdriver to get the GPU mounted right. I would like to see a variant of this case that has tempered glass but the Acrylic side panel does a great job in showing off the goodies on the inside.
For case fans, I went with a set of Bitfenix Spectre LEDs in Red. They move a decent amount of air to keep things nice and frosty. They were on sale for just a little over $5/ea. But it looks as though their price nearly doubled for some reason. They have a nice glow, not too bright but visible enough to shine through the dust filters and mesh panels of the 780T.
- Wireless Adapter -
I was always partial to the USB 3.0 wireless adapters but going with a PCI-E adapter gave me more stability while gaming. I think it also being red swayed me a little with the purchase.
- Peripherals -
I decided to get matching peripherals with my case. So naturally, I went with the Corsair line for the Keyboard, Mouse, Mouse Pad, and Headphones. These tied in really well with the look of my build even though I'm only going to be using Red as the main theme. If I do decide to go full RGB in the future, these peripherals are capable of doing that and with Corsair's iCUE software, syncing, and changing colors and lighting effects is breeze.
So with all this hardware you might expect it to be used for gaming at 4K and editing from time to time... but nope. This will probably be used for streaming YouTube videos and movies through iTunes. I will play the occasional game of League of Legends and Fallout 4. A bit overkill for it's purpose but I'd rather have and not need, than need and not have. ;)
I will be updating the pictures with the new parts that I added, specifically with the new RAM, so stay tuned! ;)
Great CPU! I have it overclocked to 4.7GHz on a cores and it doesn't get any hotter than 76C under load. I hope to push it to 5GHz at some point but I'm too lazy to tweak all the settings... Enabling the Enhanced Turbo is good enough for me for now.
Keeps my 8700K nice and cool that's overclocked to 4.7GHz on all cores. Love that you can customize the light effect and also love the fact that they come with ML Fans. Silent and cool.
I think that this is the best thermal paste in the business. It keeps things 2-3C cooler than AS5, I know it isn't much of a difference but I like to keep all my components as cool as I can.
I love me some MSI and while I couldn't get the Godlike Gaming, I think this is good enough for my build. I love the color scheme and the way you can customize it to your sytle. I did wish that the board had a set of On/Reset switches built in so you can turn it on while you breadboard it or when its on a test rig.