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Dream College Productivity and Gaming Rig

by Toxichmasta11

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27 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 6, 2018

Date Built

July 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

Background

Hello Everyone,

This is not my first introduction into the PC master race scene as before this I owned an Alienware 17 2013 model for my high school years. However, I started to notice that my laptop began to start slowing down in games and the battery is completely shot as I cannot use it without the charging cord. After growing an affinity for PC gaming I decided to take it up a notch and start saving for my dream desktop. So, I began my search for the perfect PC list around a year ago and thanks to the entire PC enthusiast community and many techtubers such as Paul, Kyle, Brian, and Jay, I was able to construct this list. I wanted to reward myself for completing high school, so I saved for many months to build this PC. I wanted to build a list that contained all the highest end specs for gaming (8700k 1080ti etc.) and I would be willing to save for no matter how long it took. I also wanted an ultrawide because of its wide screen real estate it would allow me to have superior productivity as well as gaming.

What will I be using this beast for?

Disclaimer

Now, I completely realize this is overkill for almost everybody, but as an enthusiast it doesn't bother me to spend extra for the best.

Primarily I will be using this machine for gaming and completing homework assignments such as papers. I mainly play Hearthstone, GTA V, Overwatch, CIV, and League. (Again, yes I realize these games are not very intensive, but who cares :))

Build Process

Despite watching many videos and tutorials, since this was my first time building a PC, I decided to bring along an experienced builder friend to help me and provide good advice. Overall, the process went pretty smooth and quick, I just had to make a few small mods to the case to fit everything in but, other than that all went well.

Problems

For the most part I am very satisfied with the build and how it turned out however, there were a couple of things I regret with this build. First, I wanted to build in the Lian Li PC 0-11 Dynamic White, but the case was out of stock for a couple weeks and I could not wait any longer. To make it worse, there is supposed to be an updated version of the case I currently have in a couple weeks. Don't get me wrong I love the case its just a bit unfortunate that I will be missing out on that opportunity due to time constraints. A similar issue also occurred with the GPU. Recently, the 1180 was also announced, which also made me a bit frustrated, but honestly, I think I will be satisfied with the 1080ti as it gets the job done for me.

UPDATE Just delidded my CPU and went from 83 C to 60 C during 100% load at 5,0GHz.

UPDATE SSD is not displayed due to these photos being taken during the process of the HDD being returned. I originally planned to have a HDD in this system, but had to RMA it and decided to just get an SSD instead.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best gaming chip you can purchase as of August of 2018. So far achieved 5.0GHZ at 1.330V

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU very chilly. Looks very sexy aswell.

Motherboard

Overclocks like a champ. RGB looks fantastic. I like the silver accents. Very good BIOS. No complaints.

Memory

Very bright, lights up my case very well, fast, reliable, good ol Corsair. Only reason why I got 32GB was to fill all four of my DIMM slots lol.

Storage

Very high quality M.2. From off to in Windows 10 takes all of 3 seconds. Incredible. VERY Fast.

Storage

Great SSD, I just needed a little bit more storage, I only need about 1 TB for everything.

Video Card

Very fast and beautiful card. Met and exceeded my expectations. Very good overclocker aswell.

Case

Very stunning case. Has the right amount of RGB. Very sleek. My only complaint is that removing the HDD cage was a pain. Also, due to time constraints couldn't wait for the Evolv X. :(

Power Supply

Very good looking PSU. Gets the job done silently and the cables look very nice.

Case Fan

Very bright and keeps everything cool. Only complaint is that there are SO many cables to manage with these fans. Also, I don't know if I got a defective unit, but it took the strength of Thanos to screw in those screws.

Monitor

My unit I received has some IPS glow in the corners. Additionally, when I tried to clean my monitor with some water sprayed onto a microfiber cloth it left these small black dots behind, seen only on the off state luckily. They started to fade, but it just worried me at first.

Keyboard

Very nice keyboard. Syncs up with the rest of my Corsair lighting, first mechanical keyboard I've had so far so good.

Comments Sorted by:

Bronstet 4 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Amazing build. Yeah, it is overkill for the games that you play and doing college homework but look at it this way: you're future-proofed for your entire college career now.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks :) Yea, I'll definitely be set for 4 years.

Josmos24k 2 points 4 months ago

I can relate so much with you on the 1180, Evolv X...

But yeah, I'm pretty sure the 1180 will be like.. a thousand-plus bucks for the first couple of months, so might as well get a 1080ti right now.

But man... I need a damn monitor. RIght now, I am focusing on just getting all my parts ATM - gotta wait for next paycheck :( -, and I still haven't factored in the monitor.. And to make matters worse, I want that same exact 1k monitor xD

So when I build my PC, I wont even be able to do anything really yet LOL

MichealJoeden 1 point 4 months ago

That 750 watt psu is going to be maxed out if you try to run any benchmarks while overclocked..

GoodbarBB 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Is this true? This website will say something like "469 watts" calculated for this build.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I think 750 watts will be more than sufficient for one card and the CPU. If I had SLI, then ya it would be a different story.

stuwilson98 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

not a chance will it max out a 750 watt, i have a near identical system with a 650 watt with everything OC'd and doesn't come close to 650

nfogray 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Will 100% not max out that PSU. That said, PSU's operate most efficiently around 50% load and I personally like a fair amount of overhead. If I was going to skimp on something it wouldn't be a PSU, but it's certainly enough for the parts.

nycflo718 1 point 4 months ago

ill be doing a similar build shortly, im in college as well, im wondering if you like that mobo, im currently looking at the maximus X hero, im wondering if i should save some cash, get the mobo you got and spend the money elsewhere, like 16 more gigs of ram, even though i dont feel i need it.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Honestly just got done OCing and this board is perfectly adequate in all departments, lighting, style, OCing, BIOS, and everything. I wouldn't get anything higher just a waste of money imo.

nycflo718 1 point 4 months ago

thanks for the reply, hows the monitor

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Probably one of the best gaming/productivity monitors available atm. As stated in my review, my unit had some IPS glow, one of the corners has a shadow effect, and most importantly if you decide to get one, I would reccomend to not use liquid at all to clean the monitor as in my case I used a little bit of spray water on a microfiber cloth and it left behind these terrible black dots when the screen is off, luckily it is not noticeable when it is on.

tobytayles 1 point 4 months ago

I feel really sorry for that lonesome dvi port. Just cover it up and put it out of its misery.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Lol ya who would even use a DVI on that high end of a board.

tobytayles 1 point 3 months ago

Some poor soul

ahmadI 1 point 4 months ago

Razer > Corsair imo for peripherals but this is a beast build! I'm at 8600 and 1080 q.q

also the color scheme is beautiful.

nfogray 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Razer makes some fine products, also some incredibly unreliable ones. I've been buying nothing buy Razer and Corsair peripherals for years and Corsair has better software and more reliable hardware (from my experience). I'm not knocking Razer at all, I do (mostly) love their products, but Corsair makes some killer peripherals.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, in the pics the ll120s are rainbow, but I tweaked it now to match my college colors(Blue/white/black) now. Yea I wanted to get a Razer keyboard, but they were all out of stock when I went to purchase my parts :(

Xanthrax_ix 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I will be using this machine to do complete my homework, such as writing papers and gaming.

I wish I had gaming homework in college...

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

lol, sorry for the grammatical error XD

nfogray 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

How the F can someone going into college afford this rig? Good work, though. It's beautiful. +1 (And have fun in college! Spend less time gaming and more time socializing. Plenty of time for games later. Enjoy the college experience.)

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Yea, thanks :). Hopefully I will be able to manage everything. Also, I saved up a long time for this rig, had to mow many lawns, but got there eventually lol. Luckily, I got a pretty generous scholarship so not too much debt.

XBMAX 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Not a bad build but holy 83° C under load seems like an awful lot. My 8700k OC to 5.0 with my H115i on balanced at most reaches 65ish after 4-5 hours of hardcore gaming with max settings.

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Wow, you got a lucky chip! What V-core are you at? Also, I just delidded so now Im down to 68 C.

XBMAX 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I retract my statement, it's currently at 4.8, but I could do 5.0. I just did it in the bios of my mobo and its super stable, I've ran benchmarks with no issues. I think valley got it to around 58-60ish but I had the AIO cooler on performance for best cooling. I thought about delidding mine but it just didn't seem worth it for me.

XBMAX 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I aswell have the Corsair LL fans (lovely fans) and the h115i pro. You might try to change the fan speed on the graphs I did that when I first installed it, surprisingly even at full fan speed I barely hear it through my headset. What thermal compound did you use? Or did you use the pre appplied? I'd just triple check the seating of the pump on the cpu, yeah delidding is nice,

Toxichmasta11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

At first I used the thermal pad that was pre applied on the AIO, then when I delidded it I applied some artic silver 5. I used Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut for my delid.