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When I started building my first pc 2 years ago I had no idea what I was in for. I thought I would buy something for around the price of a really really expensive XBox One and keep on rolling. Nope. As all enthusiast know, once you get bitten....
I started with a end of life cycle system 2 years ago. DDR3 Ram, FX-8350 amd chip, GTX Geforce 1050ti. Pretty basic and worked fine, great I'd say for 1080p gaming. And I was content with that for almost 6 months. Then I realized my graphics card wasn't powerful enough to run the Rift I had just bought. I then decided to update to a Ryzen 5 1600x system with a 1070ti hybrid card. I liked that system alot but by then then I had decided to update to the best that MY money could buy. I wanted MY ultimate system. I know I will never have the best computer but I like what I've got and I keep adding things that make it better as time/money allows. So now I have a fairly beast system that runs 4k gaming, all ultra settings at 100-200 fps depending on game. I love how everything has come together. I want to add another 1080ti fairly soon once prices drop.
Some interesting things....
1) make sure you are set up with a good AIO or are going to do watercooling ion the CPU. It gets super toast. On a Thermaltake Riing 240 aio the i7-8700k would run at 45-50c @idle and 85-90c underload and wasn't able to get over 4.9 stably. Now with mmy custom water loop installed I keep in the low 30's @ idle and 65c under load.
2: The removable radiator mount on the top of the case was a God send when fitting where the tube runs would go and where the bends would be. A+ for that. Made the dry fitting easy peasy.
3:This is my first watercooling loop. I went with hard tubing off the bat because Yolo. Besides I always think that soft tubes look like flaccid penises flopped all around inside my case. No thank you! Seriously I just wanted something that looked clean and slick. Bending the tubes included a very steep learning curve, but in the end I would up with some great lookin bends (imho) and believe it or not, most were done sans insert and freehand.
4: Edited to add: Went and picked up some white Cable mod cable extensions. Really cleans everything right up.
All I really want to add now is another 360 rad up front and another 1080 ti in sli to the loop and I will be done...maybe some rgb ram too....lol
As I've said before...better than Ryzen at gaming which is what I predominately do but also is no slouch in multicore apps. Hot as hell which led to me investing in a custom water loop. May delid it at some point. Right now I can get it to oc to 5.2 and be stable but for everyday gaming I run it @4.8
It's thermal paste. I don't have enough experience with other types and the thermals they may or not provide. To be honest, the only one at Microcenter when I needed some. So I bought it.
Good board overall. Initially had some weird variations in voltages but a bios update fixed that. Overall for the price, it has a lot of great things, wifi, sli bridge, 6 sata ports, 2 m.2 ports, good oc ability. Would be awesome if it had a power button/reset on the mb and a bios reset on the io but I could also just buy a Maximus board next time. Came as part of a bundle from Newegg with the i7-8700k. Total for the bundle was just over $500 at the time.
I initially bought this bc it was compatible with an Ryzen when I built my r5 1600x system.
Wanted more ram so I added this kit. Gives me a weird total of ram (24gb @2400) but it works.
Got this on sale for $80. Use it as my system drive. Works great and fast. Much better than my hdds.
Not as fast as ssd's. Going to be part of an upgrade path this year. May buy 3 hybrid 1 tb drives and run them in raid 0.... or may get a pair of 500gb m.2 drives....will see when time comes. My oldest son gave me this drive as a gift when we built my initial potato.
first hdd I bought. Use it for games. Works.
Fastest and best gpu available. I want another!!! Unfortunately I didn't win the silicone lottery and can't push it much past 2100mhz but oh well.....
Comes with 3x140mm RGB fans, 2 usb 3.0 and 2 usb 2.0, mic and headphone inputs on front IO. 4 sides of tempered glass. Beautiful is all I can say. Good for watercooling. Supports up to 1x480mm rad in front and top but not sure if it will fit them both at the same time.
Wanted a nice, neat psu. Got this one. The rgb isn't addressable so that sucks and I had created a psu shroud in the end so it only glows underneath. Still, a good psu if you want to display it.
By far my best upgrade outside of the computer proper except for my Vertagear Chair which ROCKS!!! 100mhz, 1ms response time, quantum dot tech. 3440x1440p 21:9 aspect. Great for gaming and productivity. I often use my other monitor for diagnostics and streaming controls and game on this monitor. I LOVE IT, it is def the centerpiece of my setup, you know, other than that putrer to the right.
Best keyboard, Hands down. And expensive as hell but worth it.
I play alot of fps games. I use this to bind things like lean buttons and grenades, reloads etc to the mouse. It works great in these applications and I can use it also in games like Heros of the Storm....so all in all, baller mouse.
They work. I almost never play games using them bc streaming. But when I watch videos and movies on them they are much better than the built in speakers in my monitor.