My new gaming rig to replace my aging i7 4770k build.
My old build had an i7-4770k OC 4.7ghz / 16GB 2400mhz mem / 2x GTX 980 sli.
Reasons for my choices:
CPU: I'm not too impressed with the new Intel lineup, and I haven't built an AMD build since the athlon days so I'm giving the 3000 series a chance. I also like how the 3700x is an 8-core and is only 65 watt TDP, which should mean it'll be easier to cool in such a small form factor.
Motherboard: I have no reason to get an x570, I won't be using pcie-4 anytime soon. I've used Gigabyte boards for years and had issues some i'm trying out the Asus board.
RAM: Matched the specifications of the CPU / board. Nice CAS timings, nice price. I was debating 32GB but that is still very expensive. I chose 3600mhz because of the 1:1 ratio with the CPU timer, most memory options over 3600mhz were pushing the price I was willing to pay for memory.
Storage: This I would assume would turn heads. The Samsun Evo is primary storage / boot drive. The intel 660p is bulk storage. Since the 660p is QLC it can handle it's not really fit for boot drive, but I wanted to reduce the size and cabling and chose the 660p instead of a SATA variant. The external Seagate I already owned and will keep using it for larger files like videos that don't need to be on any internal storage.
GPU: Ok, I know someone will be thinking "why not 2080 ti / 2070 super / 2080 super"...I got the 2080 pre-owned for 500 flat cost. It was barely used. I've been currently using it in my older 4770k rig to replace the sli 980s.
PSU: fits the case, 600w is more than enough for this build. No reason to spend money on the 750W.
Case: Aaah this one was tough. I originally wanted the Louqe Ghost S1 with a large tophat for the aio, and a mid tophat for bottom fans. But It never came up for sale and I wasn't paying $500 for one off eBay. So when ncase M1 V6 came on sale I chose that.
Peripherals/ monitor / thermal paste: I already had these.
Modifications: I removed the GPU shroud to have 2 Noctua's cool is from the bottom intake, I also removed those pure white status LEDs from the GPU that are always on. I spliced the power extension cable at the top to shorten the length as well as added some braiding to it.
Overclocking: I was able to get the CPU to stay stable at 4.35ghz on all cores with SMT on. I can hit 4.4ghz with SMT off. The GPU I have it running at 2040mhz with 8000mhz memory speed. I have not messed with memory overclocking or tightening the timing.
Future mods: I ordered some custom length cables to help keep the inside as clutter free as possible. I'm also planning on doing an AIO mod where i replace the radiator with a copper one and trim the tubing.
The fans and GPU are not in the first picture because they were in the older system.