Description

Traditionally I have used entry level hardware and workstations to meet my gaming needs, but with a desire to play more and more demanding titles, I decided to build something really capable. I use this machine primarily for gaming but also sound creation and 1440p content editing... (and business, as far as the IRS is concerned.)

I bought the 460X early on in the build process, where it influenced the rest of the build heavily, leading me in a direction I would not normally take with premium RGB components. Had I not found the 460X when I did, I probably would have gone with an NZXT H500, X62 Kraken. However, I do not have regrets with any of the components I ended up with.

I did paint the PSU Shroud and 2 of the GPU brackets white, but other than that there is no custom modification.

Although everything that lights up in the case is RGB, I keep it static. It's hard enough to last hit minions without the disco party lights. At first I went with a red & blue police interceptor theme, but eventually settled on what I call Violet. In reality it's more of a Lilac, but Violet sounds way cooler. (R: 128 G: 0 B: 255)

The Peripherals are all wireless because I dislike cables. You will notice I am not using cable extensions in the desktop. That is because I don't want the cables to be pretty, I want them be invisible.

Performance: (Will update with results applying Kryonaut on CPU and GPU)

For now I'm using stock thermal paste, Corsair's "Performance" fan profile for the CPU, and EVGA's "Aggressive" fan profile for the GPU.

i5-8600k @5.00Ghz: 32c Idle 63c Gaming 82c Benchmarking 1070ti @ 1.911Ghz: 34c Idle 53c Gaming 58c Benchmarking

Benchmarks: (I will continue to add and update as I tweak)

Cinebench CPU Score: 1252

Cinebench OpenGL Score: 160.3 fps

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0: 1782 (2560x1440 8xAA Ultra) 70.7avg-128.3max

UserBenchmarks:

Game 115%, Desk 103%, Work 88% CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K - 120.1% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070-Ti - 123.3% SSD: SanDisk Z400s 256GB - 85.9% HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012) - 83.3% RAM: Corsair CMR16GX4M2D3000C16 2x8GB - 103.7%

Gameplay:

WarThunder 2560x1440 Max Preset ~170.5 fps

AC Odyssey 2560x1440 Very High Preset ~65 fps

Dishonored 2 2560x1440 Very High Preset ~120 fps

Part Reviews

CPU

i7 performance, i5 price.

CPU Cooler

Premium in performance, but more so in price. The tube diameter is very small, I prefer the thickness on the H100i.

Motherboard

This is a really great motherboard, I especially like the CPU temp display and the ease of overclocking in the BIOS.

Memory

At the current price (120$), this is an excellent kit of RGB memory. I wish I had paid that instead of $153.99, but the market didn't allow.

Storage

There are faster, but for the price this is an excellent SSD, and boots to windows 10 in 12-14 seconds.

Storage

This is a hard drive. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.

Video Card

The EVGA FTW series GPU's have been my favorite since the 750TI FTW. Great cooling performance, minimalist aesthetic, and excellent build quality. The 1070Ti is a great GPU to have for 1440p gaming.

Case

Definitely an awesome case, but 120$ is a steep price, even considering the RGB fans. the sticker on one of the fans is slightly off center and creates a wobbling effect when the fan is spinning.

Power Supply

Can't go wrong with a fully modular 80+ gold certified PSU. Especially with EVGA.

Case Fan

These are beautiful RGB fans, and considering that they are RGB, the price is reasonable. However, some colors work better than others.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

That GPU shroud doesn't come with that case

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It does, I just painted it white. :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang this is very nice. The way the lighting accents the case and the parts is stunning +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Theres a lot of reflective surfaces. It turned out a lot better than I was expecting, considering it wasn't a predetermined build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Good success! +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou! It looks like you're in the process of building something similar. Make sure to link your build when It's complete.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah all I need is a graphics card now. I already put it together!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I agree! Early on in the build I got the case for 90$ and it kind of pulled me in that direction. However, with the RAM I didnt have many options because memory was just expensive at the time. Overall I think 1257$ is reasonable for the desktop, but as I said in the build description I would normally achieve better price/performance.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

There you are! I haven't seen you in a while.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I switch between car and computer hobbies. I definitely can't afford both at once. I've finished up with the work on my truck so it's back to PCPP and computer builds :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't talking about you, I was taking about ShineGlizzy.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, cool. I thought you might be someone I knew from back when I was active on the forums. I tend to remember people by profile picture instead of username, which is a problem when people change their picture.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I did change my picture from the classic PCPartPicker logo to my custom memory module design a while ago when I was learning how to use the site.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't delete it! Just make a new post.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think they will care. You can't just repost the same build, but if you switch it up it makes sense.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Oh, man that case is clean. Theres those thicc H100i tubes I was talking about, too! You should be able to hit 5.0 easily, I just popped into the BIOS, set the clock multiplier to 5, and enabled adaptive voltage. I'm quite sure I could get 5.2 stable but at 1440p the 1070ti is the bottleneck so there's no reason at the the moment. Anyway, +1 for a clean build!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You will want to mess with the GPU because NVIDIA didn't allow the aftermarket 1070Ti's to be sold with factory overclocks. It was to make sure that the launch of the 1070ti didn't immediately cannibalize 1080 sales. Once you get the EVGA Precision X OC software you can run a test that was designed specifically for the 1070ti and it will automatically set your speed. Mine set itself to 1911Mhz and it runs really cool.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Stays very cool, doesn't exceed 58c under 100% load.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I might look into it since it looks fun and it's free but at the same time I'm moving away from Battle Royal genre of games.

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