Hey everybody !
Recently, summer time killed my proud and faithful Alienware X51 R2. Reaching 97° Celcius (207°F) everyday, slowly dug its grave... As I didn't want to do the same mistake and found myself enclosed again in a mini-itx coffin, I choose the Phanteks P400S Tempered Glass as my starting point. It's a classy and soft black ATX mid Tower, perfectly upgradable to a new configuration in two years.
As I'm not that wealthy, I couldn't afford to build a BIG monster.... sorry Mr Reader, let me be fully transparent... As I'm married, I was not able to spend more than 1.500 $ for my new configuration. First step was the chassis and it was already done. So then, as I am a gamer who love beautiful graphism, I choose the Nvidia GTX 1080 (Sorry Mr. Radeon, I've never been really attracted to you). And after reading a lot of benchmarks and, as the GPU is the bigger part of the budget, the Asus Advanced Strix 1080 was, for me, the best choice between performance, silence, cooling and price. Thank you Tom Hardware for all your tests !
I don't have much to say about RAM, 8Gb wasn't enough and 32Gb was too much, so I decided to go for 16Gb with 2 x 8Gb which would allow me to upgrade it whenever I will need to. As there is a tempered glass on the chassis, I thought it would be a good idea to have lighty RAM, that is why I bought Corsair LPX White Led. Only one led is way not enough so I decided to put in the basket the AIO NZXt Kraken x62 because.... it has led and also I felt in love with it. I don't mind the price or if I really need it, it was just a huge love at the first sight.
Evolutivity was really a big part of my challenge, so I thought that it would be a good idea to go for a bigger power supply than needed. Actually there were an interesting offer on the Corsair 750W so ... ok come with me, pirate ! My budget was melting so fast ... I had to buy a "cheap" motherboard, so I compared a lot of model and the Asus Z270-F was classy, enough armored to look expensive and fillful barely all my needs.
The last part of my build was the CPU and i spent a long tiiiiime ... to hesitate between the i5-7600K and the i7-7700k. What a huge dilema, the price difference was so tiny that i couldn't resist ! I know an i5 would have been enough for my utilization but eh! i7 is i7...
Oh and the samsung Evo ? I kept it from my last configuration. But, I m really looking to get an M2 SSD Samung 960 Pro. Any volunteer to send me a present ?
Thank you for reading me and I hope you enjoyed my build.
Best Regards, Samothace.
Evolutivity, perfect for gaming and streaming at the same time !
Three words: Silent, beautiful and beautiful.
Not really expensive for a lot of possibility, it's not the best choice but still a good one ( SLI, 2x M2 SSD etc...)
I can't complain about it. Really fast and it still works ( for the moment).
A lot of silence for a lot of performance and guess what ? Not that expensive !
So classy with the tempered glass. I really like how it's built.
It offers silence and power, what could I ask more ?