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I built this PC mainly as a successor to my first computer RedFoo. It was built in anticipation of StarCitizen but I play many other titles like Forza, Titanfall, CS: GO, War Thunder.
From the start my goal was to play 3440 x 1440p at 100HZ, for me this was the sweet spot, offering a higher refresh rate than 4K panels with more usable screen real estate.
To play at that resolution I knew I needed an absolute beast PC to power it. I am a firm believer in the Micro ATX form factor because it it gives me all the space and flexibility to fit the most powerful hardware without taking up what I thought was an unnecessary amount of space and it is making more and more sense with both Nvidia and AMD moving away from SLI. Originally I carried over the 7700k and motherboard from RedFoo and it served me well with acceptable temps at 5 GHz but I really wanted at least 6 cores and possibly higher clock speeds. I looked at the Ryzen 7 series of CPU's but I feared that even the overclocked speeds would bottleneck me at 100hz, besides there were no small form factor Zen boards that appealed to me.
When coffee lake came out it seemed like the perfect CPU, well except for the fact that it was being price gouged everywhere. I waited over a month for a pre-binned and delidded chip from Silicon Lottery and when they finally went on sale they sold out in 30 seconds well before I could get my hands on one. I ended up buying an 8700k from Walmart and sending it to Silicon Lottery to have it delided.
When all the parts arrived and I put them together I was overjoyed with everything, except for the motherboard which seems to be one step forward and two steps back from the Z270G, it gains nothing but support for the new processors and lost both of its RGB headers and drops USB type C front panel connectors and rear I/O. it also moves the second M.2 connector straight into the middle of the case so it's just sticking out.
Regardless of my grievances with the motherboard the build came together really well, looks awesome and both my CPU and GPU overclock extremely well.
I wanted a second monitor so I picked up a 23 inch AOC since it matched the aesthetic I was going for really well. The way I have it mounted It is great for typing long essays and articles, reading things, Discord chat, and for any monitoring software when the main monitor is in use.
Overall I am very happy with this setup and it turned out even better than I expected.
Side note: I am horrible at cable management( at least on my desk) If anyone has any tips, tricks, or products to recommend I would be really grateful if you could let me know in the comments.
Crazy fast, but currently being price gouged everywhere. Can't use older motherboards with the same socket and requires a Delid which voids the warranty to unlock the full potential.
Keeps my CPU cool, runs quiet, looks excellent and has some of the best stock fans on the market. Unfortunately one of the most expensive options.
Best in class thermal conductivity. A bit on the pricey side, but a must have for any high end build.
A solid board that looks good, but absolutely no new features from the Z270 version, in fact it actually loses features like front panel Type C and RGB headers.
Does what it is supposed to and looks awesome doing it. Not a good value with current prices however.
Crazy fast, saves space in the case and uses less wires than the SATA version. The fastest SSD any normal user will need, you won't notice the difference between this and the 960 PRO unless you are doing video editing.
Cool, quiet, looks great and is backed up by the best customer support in the business. Having the elite version with whatever color cooler you like is a big plus as well.
Looks great and is an absolute pleasure to build in. Comes with RGB control that can link with Halos. Comes with a tray to organize screws and has excellent cable management. Would definitely recommend to anyone doing a Micro Atx build.
The best fans I have ever used. They move a huge amount of air and are dead silent up to 70% speed which is fine since you will only ever need to push it to about 60% to keep any system cool.
Good monitor for the price, IPS is a must have. Needs an adapter for vesa mounting.
Greatest monitor I have ever used, excellent viewing angles, quantum dot is amazing 100HZ refresh rate and high resolution are awesome. At a decent price for what it is. Knocking off a star for how unnecessarily complicated the Vesa mounting solution is.
Good for the money key switches are indeed silent but it is pointless because of how the keys bottom out when you press them. Corsair RGB software is pretty good.
My favorite mouse, fits in the hand perfectly and is deadly accurate. I love the two scroll modes. In my opinion the best mouse when it comes to price against performance. Only con is that lefties will seriously struggle with it.
Crisp clear sound, intuitive easy to use controls. Fair price.
Great Mousepad, mice track excellently on it and glide across weightlessly.
A great alternative to dedicated RGB fans. Doesn't force you to buy a separate hub and lets you use the best fans instead of having to compromise for aesthetics.