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