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Having upgraded to a 1440p 144Hz display, I figured it was time to upgrade the machine powering it. I'm a strong believer in buying used where possible if the price is right, hence some of the great prices (the 1080ti Strix for example) in this build. I've always had nice, mid-tier builds, but figured since the funds were available, I'd splurge a little for this one, and I do not regret it in the slightest!

CPU/COOLER - I've never owned an i7 before and since my old i5 4670k choked at times, I figured I'd see if I could nab an 8700k for a good price, which I did. After it arrived, my friend and I took her under the knife for a delid with some Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut, which turned out to be a success. The chip is cooled by a Kraken X62, which caused some issues due to the radiator fitting with the long Strix GPU (hence why the front is bare and naked in some pictures), but we machined the front panel to fit! Between the i7 and Kraken is Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Overclocked to 5GHz on all cores at 1.335Vcore.

MOBO - To fit the ROG aesthetic, it seemed only fitting to look at their "Z" series motherboards to house the i7. It didn't take long to find the Z390-F. I chose the F over the E simply because I strictly use Ethernet only, meaning I could use the money saved elsewhere.

RAM - I've only ever owned Corsair Vengeance RAM, and as a result the transition to DDR4 had me looking in one place. I considered G.Skill Trident Z to sync with ASUS Aura, but I prefer the cleaner look of the Vengeance, and I just like Corsair's RAM lol. 16GB of it at 2666MHz with XMP I.

STORAGE - Purchased my first ever M.2 NVMe drive for this build, and decided to go with the MP510 because of it's performance per dollar/pound. Has been excellent so far, and provides a noticeable upgrade from my old SATA SSD.

2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB: For my files and the games that I don't play often.

2x Patriot SSD RAID 0: My old C drive SSD alongisde a spare I had lying around. RAID 0'd them for a 450GB gaming RAID. Fantastic upgrade for me, and my favourite games now load quicker than ever.

GPU - Purchased a 1070Ti Strix weeks before this build, and while it was great, it just didn't pump enough juice to run some games at 1440p 144Hz (picky, I know). Sold this, as I managed to find a used 1080Ti Strix for £550! Because it was part of an old mining rig, it ran rather hot. As such, my friend and I repasted it with some Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, and it's as good as new now.

CASE - Went for a Phanteks P300 for the aesthetic and functionality. May change to a Meshify C, as the airflow with the front panel on the P300 is rather restrictive. Fan in the rear is an exhaust Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition, with the Corsair sticker swapped for a ROG one. Couldn't quite fit another in the top, but yes, there is still a Phanteks Halos there and two on the back of the radiator regardless haha.

PSU - For my PSU, I'm still using the same supply from my first build back in 2011. It's a Cooler Master GX650 80+ Bronze, which was included with the CM Storm Enforcer I built my first rig in. Works perfectly, and have had no issues with it whatsoever, though I'm totally waiting on it dying lol, but maybe that's just me being overly-anxious.

PERIPHERALS - As mentioned at the start of this list, I moved to 1440p 144Hz. This monitor I'm using for this is the AOC AGON AG241QX. Fun fact for those considering this monitor, or who are still unaware, the QX version (£100 cheaper than the QG) of this monitor now supports G-SYNC, and it works flawlessly.

Queue the Razer hate :( . But in all seriousness, I love their keyboards (had 4 in 7 years and none of them have ever broken) and I need a Naga for WoW. Simple as that really. Have an EC2-A in 'reserve' as I moved to a Deathadder Elite as it fits my hand better, and syncs with Synapse.

Really enjoy high quality audio, hence the setup here. Using an Objective2 and ODAC Rev. B DAC & Amplifier from Mayflower (with the RCA input/output) paired with Sennheiser x Massdrop HD 6XX. Fantastic combo. Both bought used in the UK hence the awesome prices.

For those interested, she scored 9745 in Time Spy, and 23790 in Fire Strike.

I hope you all enjoyed my first ever build on this site. Will gladly address any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you all, have a great day! <3

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking snazzy! Very nice! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! What type of temperatures are you getting on the CPU under load? 5ghz is pretty solid! Did you try pushing it further?

My 8700K can do between 5.1 and 5.2ghz, but I backed it off a little for reliability. I think under full load, my CPU is running about 70 C.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

20 mins of prime95 small FFTs boosts temps to around 62c or so. It does slowly creep up after longer durations, but nothing high enough to concern me really. Was around 82c under load @ 5GHz before the delid, so I'm quite happy with the gains.

I can get it up to 5.1 with no issues, but I can't do a stable 5.2GHz on all cores/threads without going over 1.4V, which just ain't worth it. I think the best balance of heat/performance for me is 5GHz, which is perfect!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

82 C at 5Ghz pre-delid is super solid. You totally won the silicon lottery.

Yeah. Same here. I can do 5.1ghz on all cores no problem. But can't do 5.2ghz on all cores under full load. Might be able to find some more computing power with "per core" overclocking... but... just decided to ease off to 5.0ghz for ease and reliability.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Exact same here man! Definitely seems to be the sweet spot eh.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, I have an i7 8700k running @ 5GHz as well. Using the same motherboard too! How was the delidding process? how long did it take you and what tools did you use? I am curious and I'm thinking about it. My chip hit 5.1 GHz @ 1.37v stable but temps often spiked into the high 80s. Now I have it at 5.0GHz 1.325v stable and in the 70s during full load. thx

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the Rockit Delid kit. I think it'll take you about an hour to do. Directions are on YouTube. Just take your time. A lot of it is scraping off the old adhesive between the PCB and the IHS.

Delidding isn't that hard, and I definitely think it is worth it. I would also look at the Rockit upgraded IHS. That is probably good for a few degrees as well.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Loving the combo so far. I'm from the UK, so I head to Amazon and bought the only tool available with Prime, by EG Starts or something along those lines. Had some issue at first with the tool slipping a tad but nothing major. Once we made sure everything was snug and secure it was a breeze, then waited around half an hour for the silicone to cure with the included clamp.

Would definitely recommend delidding to anyone considering it. Gives you more headroom if you're after it, and makes your chip very very cool. I focused on the latter, I stuck at 5GHz too and am very happy with the results.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

um that's not good

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

70 celsius uh...........

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Nothing wrong with 70 C. There's 30 C worth of headroom before thermal throttling. Even 80 C is reasonable.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build!!! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, your dp looks sick too.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome BUild, love the RGB! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, works well when all setup properly :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit 2 SSDs and 2 HDDs into the case?

The specs say one 2.5 bay and two 3.5 bays, so you should only be able to fit in 3?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, looks awesome, what do you think of the ram, I am thinking of purchasing it for my first build