I built this to help with "productivity." Mmhmmm...
Used for productivity, 1080p240hz gaming, and 1080p240hz gaming with streaming. You can see performance of gaming with streaming http://www.twitch.tv/waygzh (outside PCPP link).
The items listed at steep (or complete) discounts were either owned by me beforehand, purchased before I planned this full build, or gifts. The price reflected is about the price I paid. The cost of the parts even at discount is probably a few hundred dollars more, up to $2000. If you were to buy a similar spec'd machine prebuilt it would probably run you between $3000 and $3500.
Prime95 with i7-8700k @ 5.0 GHz 1.300 V; RAM @ 3200 MHz @ CL 16-19-19-39; Small FFTs: 1 hour, no errors, peak temperatures of 90 C, average of 75 C, deviation within 70 C to 80 C. Blend: 12 hours, no errors, peak temperatures of 85 C, average of 65 C, deviation within 60 C and 75 C.
Cinebench with i7-8700k @ 5.0 GHz 1.300 V; RAM @ 3200 MHz @ CL 16-19-19-39: 1606
Heaven UNIGINE Benchmarks at 1920x1080@Extreme with 1080 Ti @ 2012 MHz Core, 11800 MHz Memory: 4046
Userbenchmarks with i7-8700k @ 5.0 GHz 1.300 V; 1080 Ti @ 2012 MHz Core, 11800 MHz Memory; RAM @ 3200 MHz @ CL 16-19-19-39: Gaming 142%, Desktop 148%, Workstation 138%. PC at 78th %ile for same components. CPU: 125%, SC 158, MC 1247, 98th %ile. GPU: 166%, 550 fps 3D DX9, 369 fps 3D DX10, 65th %ile.
I am happy to talk about any specific part or any piece of the process of building this machine. It was fun to build during the times it wasn't not fun. It has always been fun after it wasn't fun last. The reviews below are a surface touch at each.
Amazing performance. Opted out of delidding to maintain warranty and low costs, as it wasn't necessary for my needs.
I may have won the silicon lottery, but with air cooling I OC to 5.0 GHz on all cores at 1.300 V without issues. Pops up to 80 C at load, but stays there to a max of 90 C even in Prime95 Small FFTs, basically a worst case scenario. I have a 240 hz refresh rate monitor, so the single-core clock was a necessity to keep performance up. Incredibly satisfied.
Increasing voltages past 1.330 V shot the temps up to throttling in Prime95 Small FFTs. The difference between the 4.7 GHz overclock and the 5.0 GHz overclock was large, but the difference between 5.0 GHz and 5.1 GHz was minimal (1500, 1600, 1610 scores, respectively) so I've stuck with the 5.0 GHz clock lowered to 1.300 V to protect the CPU from higher temps and currents. I was able to stably overclock this CPU to 5.2 GHz @ 1.330 V with temps at normal loads well under 80 C, but Prime95 Small FFTs shot it instantly to 100 C throttles, so I dialed back given the lack of performance improvements.
Only issues I've had were boot issues, as the clock-to-voltage ratio I'm running supports the OC even in Prime95 Small FFTs, but for some reason likes to freeze on the Startup screen the first boot each day. I believe this is actually a Motherboard issue. Works fantastic otherwise.
I nearly literally couldn't have had a worse time with setting up this cooler. Yikes. There wasn't much good info online on how to mount it, certainly didn't help. But by far my biggest issue was just the incredibly awkward shape of the cooler. While there is a solid 0.5 inches of clearance from the CPU cooler on my MoBo to the RAM, there is a solid -0.25 inches of clearance from the back end of the cooler and the rear-mounted Corsair LL120 fan I had mounted there. I initially tried to install the CPU Cooler and thought the MoBo wasn't being installed properly, but it was. The CPU Cooler simply sits so far toward the back it was running into the exhaust fan. I turned the CPU cooler around in a pull config, but this covered up the coveted RGB RAM slots and forced a Pull/Pull config rather than a Push/Pull config with the CPU fan and the rear exhaust fan. I attempted again to mount the CPU Cooler appropriately, but it simply could not under any circumstance mount in its normal orientation with the rear exhaust fan in its original place. I ended up mounting the rear exhaust fan externally, and then finally installing the MoBo with CPU/CPU Cooler/RAM in place after much frustration. Much like this is by far the largest paragraph in this build description, this was by far the largest portion of the build itself in time, frustration, and effort. Quite truly spent hours making it work.
But boy, does it work. It performs incredibly. How could a single 140 mm fan outperform a Noctua NH-D15? Who knows, magic? Keeps my i7-8700k at an incredible 5.0 GHz@1.300V on all cores under 80 C at load. You cannot really ask for any more than that out of an air cooler. I ran Cinebench at higher OCs and the performance increment just wasn't worth it anyways.
To add to all this, the mounting brackets to get to this CPU Cooler's powerful, silent, pretty 140 mm fan are quite possibly the Devil himself. I get that making sure the CPU Cooler fan is mounted securely is important, but I'm pretty certain that it's well beyond any reasonable, necessary threshold. On my last mounting of the CPU Cooler fans, I ended up bending the mounting brackets with a needle nose pliers to a far more reasonable restriction, and still more secure than I could ever need.
My CPU Cooler also came with 4 bent heatsink fins, as seen in the photo within my build post.
Incredible. Best performing board. Best appearing board. Best VRM on the market. BIOS are fantastic. Software could definitely be better, but certainly aren't a major detriment.
The issues I've run into at all with this board were the pre-installed Optane memory, which had issues getting set up but currently flies through my 3 TB HDD, and some boot issues where I do not believe the board is providing sufficient voltage to the CPU, causing a stable OC to not be stable at the Windows Startup screen. Minor frustration with having to reboot, it's not the biggest problem.
Overclocked to 3200 MHz @ 16-18-18-36 without issue in my Intel build with a GA-Z370-Gaming 7. May push faster timings. Fast. Works. Perfect 5/7.
Gorgeous. Has limited compatibility with Gigabyte Fusion. Stickers come off easily, see photo in posted Completed Build.
Enough storage for my needs. Coming from a SSD it's still blazing fast, like woah. < 5 second boots, instant loads on basically everything. Significantly cheaper than any other comparable NVMe drive, right down to the fantastic warranty. My only regret was not picking up its 500GB counterpart for $100 the next week.
More than enough extra storage than I'll need. So very cheap at $20/TB. Cached by the 32 GB Optane drive included with my MoBo, which makes it blazing fast on basically anything I use more than once or isn't an absurd size. Supposedly very reliable and has the warranty to support that. Really isn't anything else you can ask out of a HDD.
Best consumer chip on the market, enough said. Without tweaking the voltage I was able to get it to OC very stably at 2012 MHz Core Clock with an 11800 MHz Memory Clock and never get close to breaking 75 C. It also pushes higher OCs, but was borderline stable at much higher OCs. Blows through anything I send at it at 1080p, and crushes it right up to the 240 fps I need to cap out my monitor.
Lack of backplate was lame. I put a custom RGB backplate I made on there in its stead. That looks nice and was (mostly) fun to do, so that wasn't a bad thing. It sits right under my massive CPU Cooler, anyways, so it wouldn't have mattered either way.
The RGB on the actual Cooler is limited, too, as it's simply a lit up "GIGABYTE" logo. It's a budget 1080 Ti, but it's still a 1080 Ti, surprised they didn't go a little bit beyond that.
Prettiest case I ever did see.
Did have some mounting issues with my massive, oddly-shaped CPU Cooler as discussed above. Not sure if I should blame the case for having an indented rear exhaust fan mount or the CPU Cooler having the oddest shaped heatsink possible.
Cable management, as anyone would expect in a 4-panel Tempered Glass case, was complete ***. But it's doable and looks amazing afterward, even if it's tough to make sightly.
Otherwise, lots of space.
The included RGB SP120 fans are pretty, ended up putting them on my Corsair 400R instead of selling them because I liked them so much. Placed LL120s in all 120 mm fan slots. Much wow. Ventilates surprisingly well.
The case I received had a closed-off PSU shroud and a cutout in the PSU shroud so that you could route cables more easily. This is a significant improvement over the original Corsair 570x which oddly enough did not include these basic perks.
Very affordable if caught on sale with a rebate or with additional items. I've seen it as low as $140 with a $60 AIO as a gift. With a $60 pack of RGB fans on it. That's a $20 case. A top-end name brand 4-panel Tempered Glass case. Incredible deal.
Was a little hesitant to go with the Thermaltake PSU, especially for the RGB gimmick version of a PSU. But after digging around I actually found out this was a fantastic PSU with a solid warranty. Well above my wattage necessities. Ended up getting a fantastic deal assuming my Thermaltake Rebate goes through, which I really don't see being a problem.
Top-tier professional reviews, fully modular, 750 W, 80+ Gold, RGB RIING fan, 10-year warranty from a reputable brand, and all of that for just $65? Incredible.
Replaced the three SP120 fans on my Corsair 570x with these. They pull enough air in and push enough out to keep even the 4-panel tempered glass case, OC i7-8700k, and OC 1080 Ti build at ambient temperature. They are also without a doubt the most convenient, customizable, and prettiest fans on the market. But Corsair knows, and you pay for it.
The AW2518HF is the best monitor I've ever seen by miles and is backed by a great warranty. It was also surprisingly affordable, and even without G-sync I've never witnessed any tearing at its absurd 240hz refresh rate. Color reproduction for a TN panel is fantastic. There is some ghosting, which you should really expect at these refresh rates - the ghosting I see is minimal compared to other monitors I have seen.
The only issues I've ever read on this monitor were related to its stand. I really don't think its stand is that large, and it's an incredibly adjustable mount. It's even VESA compatible if it's that big of an issue for you.
Easy perfect rating.
Perfect MX Browns. Adjustable. Great software. RGB. Macro keys. USB passthrough. Comfy handrest. Long, strong, braided cord. Screams quality, just like its rating deserves. As with many Corsair products, its on the pricier side, but not unreasonable on sale if you put in a lot of time on your keyboard.
Rather small mouse. Could be a bit more ergonomically designed, as it's more of a "universal" build than a "fitted" build. But the sensor is fantastic, the RGB is tasteful, the cord is nice, and the price is reasonable.
Perfect sound reproduction. No noise reduction, but they're not supposed to have any. Ear pads went out, but were replaced with nice new soft aftermarket ones and the sound stays just as great. Have had them for years and these show basically no signs of age outside of the stickers I just took off. They're the standard for a reason.
Incredible speed. Slightly difficult to set up, which was really its biggest issue, especially prepackaged in the Z370 board I got them as. But this makes my 3 TB HDD basically a $60 3 TB SSD outside of massive file transfers or one-off file searching. It's a very niche product, but it does what you would expect. Even tested as a boot drive it beats out the fastest NVMes. Not necessarily worth it just for that, but it's neat.
Soft. Big. Padded. Doesn't move. Great mouse mat. Slightly smaller in both dimensions than advertised.