Overall Description A Deus Ex inspired build that is also my first foray into PC building. This PC will mainly be used for data science, visualization and machine/deep learning applications. My school's data science program is pretty good, so they have some amazing machines for us to use when doing our schoolwork, but that's only for doing schoolwork. I wanted a machine that could perform near their level for personal projects, Kaggle competitions and allow me to game at 1440p 144Hz. That's the main reason I went with the 1080ti, specifically the EVGA ftw3 edition. The RGB lighting of the G. Skill Trident Z RGB RAM alongside the motherboard lighting accents allow it to maintain a subtle and clean color scheme that can be customized to suit the exact case lighting I was looking for. The gold anodized screws from CableMod add a flash of contrast to the PCIE brackets and match the black and gold theme well.
Initial Prep Seeing as this was my first build, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I had spent nearly 9 months properly researching every single part I was considering and my part list went through numerous changes that were spurred by either new/improved technology and advice from my professor and the buildapc subreddit. Factoring all this in. I finalized my list in mid-August and started ordering the parts in late-August. Alongside my components, I ordered some other materials from Amazon that would help me build my PC. I got my inspiration from this video, where Bitwit (Kyle) went through some helpful tools for building PCs. I ordered short and long magnetic screwdrivers, XL microfiber cloths and the assorted ziptie pack. Armed with my trusty tools, I went in confident that everything was gonna go fine.
Building the PC I initially went into this with a concept in my head and a ton of YouTube reviews on all the components I was considering. I can say wholeheartedly that seeing it on a video screen with dimensions is a far cry from holding the components in your hand. This held especially true to the GPU as the sheer length and bulk surprised me out of box. I started to get nervous that it wouldn't fit inside the case I had purchased. It fit perfectly fine, just as I had been assured it would by the case manufacturers, but the initial feeling of anxiety didn't leave me. The main reason that everything went astonishingly well was due to me thoroughly watching and keeping in sync with a step-by-step tutorial video by Bitwit. He goes very slowly and the process was made simple for me as I was able to follow his instructions clearly.
Lessons Learned After everything was properly assembled and looking gorgeous, I decided to write down a couple notes for my self on what I learned and important takeaways from building that I could use for my next build. In no particular order:
- Always check for post outside the case
- Do not over-tighten anything
- Thoroughly read your manuals both before you start assembling and during assembly
- Properly manage any and all screws and hardware
- Keep your work space as tidy as possible to avoid misplacing any small items
I was set on this beautiful cooler from day one and I'm happy with my choice. It keeps the CPU cool and looks absolutely amazing while doing it. Mounting is a little clunky, but the angled wrench provided helped a lot.
This mobo combines the best amount of premium features for a relatively decent price. The on board lighting is stunning and the color scheme really matches my build, so overall, I'm very happy.
Colorful and very easy to control, they provide a tasteful amount of light to the inside of the case, which can be clearly seen through the slightly tinted tempered glass side panel. It syncs well with the Asus Aura software, making it easy to control. Overall, a very decent RAM kit, albeit a little more expensive than others of the same level.
An absolute beast of a graphics card that can casually handle anything I throw at it. The numerous temperature sensors and intuitive control panel make it a breeze to manipulate settings and overclock the card. The stock clock on mine was pretty decent and I didn't feel the need to really push it further, but I'll probably try to later on. The fans are extremely quiet even with an aggressive custom fan curve, so it's ideal for my build.
This case was love at first sight and couldn't have been released at a better time. Out of the box, it looked just as if not more beautiful than in the many review videos I had watched prior to purchase. Very easy to work in and surprisingly roomy despite being a smaller case.
Extremely quiet and well designed fans that are absolutely amazing at their job. Since I live in a dorm where I can't control the heating/cooling, the sound of the fans is usually overrun by the loud A/C unit in my apartment. However, even when the A/C is off, I barely hear a thing. These fans truly live up to their reputation of silence.