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Hi, thanks for checking out my build.
After roughly 5 months of prep, I finally finished my build. This is the first time I've built a PC mainly for looks, so please excuse me if I made some mistakes.
Some parts I forgot to add to the list:
So, why did you build this?
I browse this site while at work during my lunch break and I got jealous at the amount of PCs here that looked godly. I thought to myself, I'm due for an upgrade so why not.
Why go for white?
I like how clean white builds are and I wanted to replicate that while putting my own spin on it.
Why go for a 1080 over a 1080Ti?
I truly wanted to get a 1080Ti, believe me. Unfortunately the price for a decent card is out of my reach, I just couldn't justify spending that much money on a single component. Instead, I bought a 1080 card that performed well and was discounted on OCUK. There's also the new line of Nvidia GPUs, so I could save my money and make the upgrade later if I ever want to.
Why did you bother spending money on x component?
The majority of the components in this build were picked for their colour, not necessarily for performance although I did try to give it a healthy balance.
What lessons did you learn from this build?
MEASURE EVERYTHING! I bought a case before buying the Anidees AI Crystal Cube, it was the Thermaltake Core X9 Snow. Without measuring it. The case was HUGE, waaay bigger than I thought it would be. A complete rookie error. In the end I returned it which was a major pain.
Compact cube cases are hard to build in and make pretty. This. Cable management is especially difficult.
Have a clear plan and make sure to follow it. Try to be as organised as possible by making a plan, set out clearly what you want to do and find ways on how to do it. Do not rush it either, let it take it's time to make sure the quality of the build isn't jeopardized.
I may make some adjustments to my build as the time goes by. I'd like to:
Tidy dem cables, yep those right there. I'm thinking of looking into making custom PSU cables, the equipment can be quite expensive but it'll be a good skill to learn.
Add my old-but-gold alphacool LED display, but we'll see.
Get more SSDs, for more space and totally not for the looks... Maybe.
Anyway, do ask questions if you have any and I'll be happy to answer them!
Fantastic CPU, saw a significant performance increase when compared to my older i7 4970K. Works extremely well in PCSX2, all games that originally had low FPS are now fully playable at 50-60 FPS. Overclocked well too, I was able to reach a stable 5Ghz however the temperatures couldn't be supported by my NH-D15. 4.8Ghz is the sweet spot for me.
A very nice heatsink, with fantastic build quality that is usual with Noctua products. Great temps with my i7 8700K overclocked to 4.8Ghz, temps were kept to a max of 75c which only lasted a few seconds before lowering to 72-73c.
I can't find a fault with this motherboard. It has everything you could need, including a very user-friendly overclocking system. Is it worth the premium? Possibly. However I'd advise anyone to do their homework and see if there is a cheaper solution that has equal performance.
Works well and certainly looks fancy. Took it down a star due to the price of the package, DDR4 prices are horrendous right now.
Easy to install and fun to use. No issues or hassle when put into an ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E, practically plug-n-play. Boot time improvements over normal SSDs aren't that noticeable, however file copying is extremely fast and AV scans are practically instant. Worth the price? Sure why not.
Good SSD with decent read/write stats, what more can I say? Well worth the price I paid for it, but I did get it on a deal though.
Fantastic GPU, tackles performance-intensive games easily while keeping itself extra cool. Absolutely worth the price I paid for it.
One of the nicest cases I have ever built in. I'm shocked that I've haven't heard of Anidees before! Superb build quality with well thought-out component spacing that matches Corsair in my mind. It absolutely feels like you're handling a premium product.
Nice looking PSU that does what I need it to do. It passively cools itself extremely well, to the point that I can only see the fan spinning upon startup.
Super bright fans that do the job, look good and work good. Hard to get now, but I'm glad I did when I could.
Nice looking fans with decent airflow for a cheap price. Not much else I can say.
Neat little fan, also came with a manual fan speed dial which will come in use in the future. Took it down a star due to the noise it makes under high RPM. Predictable but others certainly perform better in that respect.