This is actually an update on my rig from earlier this year. You can check that post out to look at the decisions I made for most of the components.
I included shipping and tax on the components as well.
I was finding that the 1060 was just not up to the task of keeping up with my over-clocked 6700k. I waited for the 1080ti to come out and hoped that the prices on the regular 1080 would drop, which they did.
I settled on the ASUS Strix 1080 based on performance and price. I am a die-hard EVGA fan, but I could not ignore the price on the ASUS card and watching reviews from LinusTechTips and HardwareCanucks I decided to snag it up.
I was not disappointed.
As for the excessive RGB... I guess it has become a sort of "meme" these days in the PC world. I actually run it in the static green and purple like the previous build. The RGB lighting just looked cool for the photos.
Great board for the price.
I may have lucked out on this one because it seems most of the reviews out there said that these had QC issues. Mine works perfectly though.
The only complaint is a lack of rear IO connections. ONLY 4 USB ports (+ 1 USB-C)!? Ditch the PS/2 and give us USB!
Not the fastest, but fast enough. Faster than my SATA SSD for sure and the price is perfect.
Easy to set up as my boot drive. I have not had any issues so far.
I use this to store most of my games. Pretty fast drive with no problems.
I have had 6 of these drives over the years and each one still works to this day. I have never had an issue and they are super quiet when they spin up. A great "go-to" HDD.
Fantastic looks and great value. The only issue is there is not a lot of space at the bottom for a full size ATX mobo and 3 intake fans. All of the front panel connectors and USB headers would be blocked by the fans. Run a mATX mobo and you'll have no issues.
Probably the best looking RGB fans out there.
Pretty easy to set up with the Hue+ and software isn't too bad either. The only reason i'm giving 4 stars is that I wish these were a static-pressure optimized fan rather than an airflow type. They still seem to push plenty of air though.