I believe my PC has reached it's final form, at least for now that is. I started collecting the parts in the summer of 2017 first buying the motherboard, CPU and RAM, and because the 1700x doesn't have on-board video I was running a 650ti that I was borrowing from a friend. Eventually I saved enough money for the 1080ti which i bought around October. Then I added water cooling around mid winter.
I went with AMD because I was excited for their return to the mainstream market, and chose the 1700x because I heard that the 1700 was able to be overclocked to be on par with the 1800x. However, micro center was out of stock on 1700s and I wanted to start building that day so I got a 1700x. I'm not going to lie I was slightly disappointed with performance, as I had gotten higher frame rates on my older build.
I went with the motherboard because I knew I wanted a monoblock and I like Asus' products. The RAM looks amazing and perfectly went with the theme I had in mind, RGB.
The 850 EVOs are in raid zero so the computer boots in less than 20 seconds, so I have no complaints there, especially since I got them for $60 each.
I bought the FTW3 because it had an RGB back plate and because EVGA won't void my warranty because I removed the cooler (I think).
I chose the mastercase maker 5 because I saw potential for water cooling and because it had an available tempered glass side panel. The only problem I have is I cannot fit a hard drive anywhere due to the amount of cables and water cooling stuff crammed int the case.
The power supply was just something I kept from my last build and it seams to be working fine for the most part. I really like the effects that the HD120s offer and they perfectly fit the RGB theme.
Water cooling turned out to be easier than I thought it would, and I was able to get most of the bends on my first try. Watching videos from JayzTwoCents on youtube definitely helped with learning everything I needed to know about water cooling.
I sourced all of my water cooling parts from performance pcs and micro center and most of them are great. I chose the thermaltake RGB fittings for obvious reasons, but I cant recommend them. They are really hard to connect to the tubing and the RGB effect isn't very noticeable, at least in my case.
Finally the three 144Hz monitors are pretty cool especially for playing games using Nvidia surround. I picked up two on sale at micro center at $200 each, to go with the one I already had and wall mounted them to get a cleaner look.
I think that's everything. I look forward to reading the feedback and will try to answer any questions.