Description

I built this system to be used primarily for our Home Office but I also wanted it to be capable of running current games pretty well.

I built this rig with extra parts I had lying around, such as the Case, RAM, and the Clear Corsair Fans, and from parts that I picked up at a great discount through Craigslist and Offer UP. The only components I bought new is the CPU, Mobo, Power Supply and the Glaive RGB Mouse and even those were on sale when I purchased them.

My wife and I use it for creating and printing invoices and shipping labels as well as the occasional game of League of Legends and Fallout 4.

CPU/Motherboard: These two were bundled for $215 at Fry's during one of their weekly sales. I jumped on immediately because this deal was too good to pass up. I'll probably never overclock but I'm glad that I can if I choose to in the future. This budget Gigabyte board has a lot of features even for an entry level mobo. I like that it has lots of fan header and an RGB connector.

CPU Cooler: I've been using the Enermax ETS-T40 Fit for a while now. This cooler was on my 4771 and my 4790K build and it did pretty good job of keeping the processor cool under load. Running the chip at stock clocks and with an ambient temperature of 26.7C, my max CPU temp was 59.1C running Aida64 for an hour.

RAM: I received this set of RAM Sticks as a "Tip" from one of my clients. I guess they really liked their build. lol. Even though the set was brand new and sealed, one of the modules was defective but Kingston/HyperX replaced the entire set free of charge. This memory is pretty neat since I don't have to enable XMP for it to run at 2400MHz. I've seen these modules overclocked to 2666/3000MHz but I'm not going to be doing anything that calls for that kind performance.

I know the hardware is a bit overkill for what we're using it for but I guess it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. And speaking of things that I may or may not need, I went ahead and made a custom. GPU brace for the monster of a card that is the Gaming X TRIO. The motherboard's PCIE slots aren't reinforced since this is the most basic and entry level Z370 Gigabyte has to offer so I figured it couldn't hurt to have a little support for that heavy @$$ GPU.

I recently added some RGB Lighting Strips inside the case and I'm currently on the hunt for a few RGB Fans to replace the red ones currently on the build.

I really enjoyed putting together this build since I've never worked with a compact Mid Tower case before. It taught me a thing or two about cable management when you don't have all the forgiving room of a Full Tower. I think it's has a clean and very simple look to it... especially when I turn off all the rgb lighting. Haha.

  • I received some feedback about having my top fans mounted as intake. I have always built my systems this way (As many fans as case will allow as intake and 1 rear exhaust) and have had no issues with temperatures. But out of curiosity, I decided to monitor my temps with the fans in both configurations and found that having them as intake made for lower temperatures... about 1.1C difference. The CPU max temp was 59.1C when the fans were exhaust and only topped out at 58C when the fans were configured as intake. Lol. So while 1.1C isn't much of change, having my top fans as intake is cooler than having them as exhaust. Personally, I'm going to keep 4 intakes and 1 exhaust on this build, of course YMMV depending on the components that you use. -

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

How does your cpu/gpu combo work out? It seems like you wouldn't get the same performance out of the 1080Ti with an i5 compared to an i7.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see much difference, except for cpu usage, between this rig and my other system that has an 8700K and the same GPU. Then again I do only play those two games, League of Legends and Fallout 4 and is currently hooked up to a 1080p TV. All settings are maxed out with 60fps. I will have to see how well this system works with Fallout 4 in 4K with all the settings cranked all the way up. My 8700k rig maxes out with 48fps and dips as low as 35fps running that game in that resolution.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. "It seems like you wouldn't get the same performance" --> it doesn't seem like anything, and the OP did not do any benchmarking or published any performance measurements about his PC.

  2. "performance out of the 1080Ti with an i5 compared to an i7" that's really not how it works. If someone is running a GPU focused application, they don't care about the CPU. Just look at any GPU based crypto mining. Besides, I don't think printing invoices involves any serious utilization of the hardware. LOL has a hardware requirement of a 10 years old PC and the GPU really performs the same with any CPU (unless that's decades old). The i7-8700K may very well perform better than the i5-8600K in various applications including gaming, but that has little effect on the GPUs performance, really.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Have a point, have a Kit-Kat!

Someone took your point.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Most games can't scale with all the extra threads the i7 has with it's hyperthreading so with most of games out there the FPS difference is actually minimal between the 2 CPUs and even when there is the difference is tiny. If gaming is all one does and isn't getting into content creation or 3d modeling the i5 is the sweet spot for a CPU now. Due to the lack of hyperthreading the i5s are a bit easier to overclock due to a bit less heat.

Though I do have to ask the OP this, what of an unlocked coffeelake i5 paired with a GTX 1080 TI is humble? This is for sure a higher end gaming PC!! Well on second thought the only storage is a 128gb SSD so that is the humble part I guess but additional storage is really easy to add later on,

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess it's pretty "humble" compared to my other systems that are running 6th, 7th, and 8th Gen i7 CPUs. Maybe I should swap out the 1080ti for an EVGA GTX 770 FTW. Lol

I did just add a 3TB Seagate Barracuda to the parts list. It didn't save when I put it together and used it for my completed build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I would not use 4 intakes and 1 exhaust. I'd rather use the fans on the top of the case as exhausts, not intakes.

Did you/will you overclock the CPU? If not, why purchased the unlocked model and the Z-series motherboard chipset? If yes, why didn't you match it with a memory that can run on 3000 or 3200 MHz?

What features of the Win10 PRO do you use that is not available in the HOME edition?

Will you get more storage than the 128 GB NVMe drive?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had a problem with using top fans as intake. I do this for all my builds and have never had thermal issues even when using all kinds of radiators. I just like to have a positive air pressure system.

The RAM I used was just an extra set I had and will do the job fine since I won't be overclocking. I am considering grabbing a couple of 3000MHz Vengeance RGB modules in the future, but for now these will do.

I purchased this CPU and Mobo because they, at the time, were bundled and priced cheaper than the locked model and any 8th gen board available.

I like the Remote Desktop function of the Pro Version of Windows 10 and that's why I used it on this build and on all my rigs.

As far as storage goes it's not an NVMe drive but just a standard M.2 SATA SSD and for some reason my parts list didn't save when I added my mechanical hard drive. Lol. I do have a 3TB Seagate Barracuda in the rig.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had a problem with using top fans as intake. I do this for all my builds and have never had thermal issues even when using all kinds of radiators. I just like to have a positive air pressure system.

Well, the difference would not be huge if your components do not produce a massive amount of heat.

As for the positive air pressure, you can still achieve it with the top being exhausts: you just need to run them slower and the front faster. ;)

I purchased this CPU and Mobo because they, at the time, were bundled and priced cheaper than the locked model and any 8th gen board available.

That makes sense.

I like the Remote Desktop function of the Pro Version

Yeah, it's a shame that's not available in the HOME edition. :(

As far as storage goes it's not an NVMe drive but just a standard M.2 SATA SSD

The Samsung PM961 is a PCIe (NVMe) drive. So you have a different drive, just like the 3 TB Seagate Barracuda is missing. You can edit your completed build and change the components if you want to reflect what you really have.

Nice build and thanks for the extra details. :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Well what do you know! It is an NVMe drive! Lol I bought it for $25! Yassss!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had a problem with using top fans as intake. I do this for all my builds and have never had thermal issues. I'd like to have a positive air pressure system.

Your fighting with nature! Hot air rises, so you're bring in the hot air.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I said I've never had a problem with thermal issues. The CPU never gets past 60C and the mobo stays a cool 34C at its peak when running games/benchmarks (Aida64, Intel XTU, LoL, Fallout 4).

If somehow at some point my system overheats using this method, I'll swap out the direction of the air flow. But since I haven't had any temperature issues on any of the systems that I've built doing things this way, I think I'm not going to fix anything that isn't broke.

I think I might have to run benchmarks in a climate controlled environment and compare top intake vs exhaust to see if it makes any kind of difference at all.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

dymo ftw! +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yesssir! Haha

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That custom GPU brace is nifty, could you provide some detail on how it's made?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll get back to on that. I don't know the exact parts. Lol

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I really like the mechanical look! Gotta love offerup. You should check out my build, it has a crazy story about offerup and how I got my GPU.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/vBxG3C

+1!