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?
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 :))
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.
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.
Best gaming chip you can purchase as of August of 2018. So far achieved 5.0GHZ at 1.330V
Keeps my CPU very chilly. Looks very sexy aswell.
Overclocks like a champ. RGB looks fantastic. I like the silver accents. Very good BIOS. No complaints.
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.
Very high quality M.2. From off to in Windows 10 takes all of 3 seconds. Incredible. VERY Fast.
Great SSD, I just needed a little bit more storage, I only need about 1 TB for everything.
Very fast and beautiful card. Met and exceeded my expectations. Very good overclocker aswell.
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. :(
Very good looking PSU. Gets the job done silently and the cables look very nice.
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.
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.
Very nice keyboard. Syncs up with the rest of my Corsair lighting, first mechanical keyboard I've had so far so good.