This is my gaming build. It is the first computer I have built. I love it with all my heart... BUT, it took some reworking to get it to this point. In fact, I'm closing in on having built 2 pc's. All the replacement parts are going towards a PC for my girlfriend so we can play online games together, so getting a new part was exciting for two reasons!
Two biggest problems you can have while trying to build a PC: Impatience Inexperience
This PC was originally funded with college graduation gift money, and at the time I was rocking a MEGA dusty ps4 that would crash during every game (not an exaggeration). So I was not patient in gathering parts for this build when I initially planned it out. I definitely over spent and under planned.
That lays into the next problem, inexperience. Had I been more patient, I may have found out ahead of time that the Vega 56 that was originally in this build, actually only got good bench scores reported online because it was designed to run with the fan set to TOO FRIGGIN LOUD. If you tone down the fan, its actually not that great of a card for the $400 I paid for it in January. Next example, the motherboard I originally had was not great for overclocking CPU and did not have any sort of RGB control via the many sync platforms available these days.
I've always been one to learn by doing. In this case it cost me a bit extra to pay to fix my mistakes, but I came away with way more knowledge on PC building than I expected. So hills and valleys I suppose.
Notes on the parts: CPU:Love it GPU:Got it on sale on ebay. $500 for water cooled 1080ti is no brainer. Scores >4500 on heavenly bench extreme with no adjustment to settings other than turn off Gsync. Overwatch Ultra everything, its locked at 144 hz. Super happy with it. Mobo: Very happy with it other than learning about ARGB after buying it. I wish it had an ARGB port, but alas, I'm using the Cooler Master controller. Fortunately, I prefer the basic rainbow setting so using the controller is no problem to me. Fans: CPU and GPU are water cooled so I run these on super silent. I have no idea how loud they would be if you really needed lots of air flow. I would not have switched to these fans if I did not switch off the Vega 56 as it needed lots of case airflow to run well (I say well... I hate that card and its little software too!). The RGB's are gorgeous, thats for sure. CoolerMaster CPU cooler: Perfect performance since day 1 and quiet. I bought a pretty good cpu though, so idk how this would perform with lower cost cpu's. I'd bet its still pretty quiet. Case: Easy to build in for the most part. The front and bottom air filters are great. The top, not so much. I have mine configured to push air out the top, so not a problem for me. I would not recommend having downward airflow with this case. It took me about 5 mins to think of a problem, so its a solid case for the price for sure. Ram: I got some basic ram. I have it overclocked to 3200 and it runs great. I will likely swap out for new ram in the coming months and give these sticks to my gf's pc. POP Characters: The most important part. We got Roshi creepin on bulma. I looked for a young Goku POP, but found that figure at Gamestop for $20 so I got that instead bc its way cooler imo.
I hope you like the build!
P.S. The graphics card AIO chord is not resting on the graphics card. It just hangs reeeeally close.