Description

This is the first time I venture myself into making a build analysis, please bear with me.

The build theme was inspired in The Witcher series. I've been a long time fan of the franchise ever since the original game was released on PC. As such, I decided to go with a neutral black and white color scheme, resembling the Aura of Nightwraiths from the game.

I reused some parts from my old build. Let's talk about some of the components I deem relevant as well as the challenges I encountered:

i7 8700k. I can't say much about this CPU. It's very stable and amicable when it comes to overclocking it, a considerable bump to my previous i5 6600k making it noticeable not only on gaming but mostly, on streaming and a bit of music mixing (I'm a bit of an audiophile user but to a moderate level). Couldn't be more happier with it.

MSI z370 Gaming Pro Carbon. Aesthetically pleasing, feels and looks high quality. Plenty of USB headers to work with, loved it's sleek design and reinforced slots for PCIe and memory; can always appreciate those minor details yet significant for long term use.

MSI Bios interface is so intuitive and easy to navigate. For a painless OC to beginners I can recommend you go to into the advanced settings in the bios > OC > Under 'Misc settings' enable 'Enhanced Turbo' > Enable XMP. Enjoy 4.7 GHz turbo speed, THAT EASY.

RGB effects on the board are smooth and not so in your face and overwhelming like Gigabyte's Aorus. I gotta say though, their Mystic lightning software is atrocious, buggy and very limited. It could use a lot of work considering it doesn't even have the function to enable your RGB profile on Windows start up. Maybe someday we can manage it from programs like Corsair's ICUE, to get the perfect cohesion of all your RGB components and peripherals (I'll keep dreaming).

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro. Nice design, the white matches my build perfectly. For my needs I think 3000 MHz is the sweet spot, just don't forget to enable XMP or you can always manually overclock their speeds from the Bios and pray the silicon lottery Gods that it gets close to advertised 3000 MHz. If you're conservative you can still enjoy decent DDR4 at 2666MHz although it'll be a wasted potential. Highly recommend to run MemTest: RAM to check how reliable is the kit you receive, it never hurts to do so and ensure what you got is what you asked.

The RGB on these is simply beautiful and out of this world, particularly love the cascade effect that almost resembles how unicorns vomit rainbows.

MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio. I'm absolutely speechless on how awesome it looks. Everything in it's design screams premium and also, loved how MSI is slowly moving away from the Red accents. I know Red typically represents the gaming gear across the board, I just hate it when all these companies force it and ends up in either mismatching our build colors or, if you're like me you simply don't like the red color.

This card is chunky, make sure to check if you have plenty of room in your case if you're planning on buying one. It measures exactly 327 x 140 x 55.6 mm. My radiator placement is at the front of my case so, this along with it's front fans needed at least 380mm of clearance.

The card itself it's a nice upgrade from my GTX 1070. It dominates everything at 3440 x 1440p. Is silent and the cooling is perfect, considering some people are worried that one of the fans is smaller in comparison to the other 2.

I advise you to download MSI's Afterburner beta and use OC scanner. If you're on the conservative side, this API overclock tool is for you. After you open Afterburner > Press ctrl+f to get to OC scanner > Scan > Let it run until is done (time varies depending of your components and you may experience some screen flashing since it's running the stress tests for you) > Go back to Afterburner and crank up all the way Power and Temp limit. Enjoy easy overclocking. Be aware the OC scanner won't touch your GPU memory.

In regards to the build...

As for the build experience, everything was so easy inside the P350X. Cable management was a breeze and my only challenge was probably how the HD 120 fans were such a tight fit, especially the rear fan pressing against the motherboard shield. These fans can be used in typical 180 and 240 mm Rads therefore, they all have rubber pads for static pressure adding more volume. Screwing these fellas in sucked, I had to ditch the included screws and use the ones that came with my P350X.

My GPU comes with an Anti-sag brace support, making it a triple slot GPU...no...just...no. It looked way too bulky for my taste so I decided to use upHere's GPU Brace Support, which is a small stand that you can use even for SLI configs. Best part it uses a magnet instead of adhesive, kudos for that!

Conclusion. I love the outcome of this build and I'm sorry I tortured you with such a lengthy description. If you made it until here, thank you very much for reading. This is the beauty of PC gaming, how passionate we get with our builds and project our feeling to it. It's indeed and expensive hobby, making our wallets bleed and in the end, it's worth it as long as you feel happy.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. Nice job.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

May I ask why you went with a sound card instead of using your motherboard’s onboard audio?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I've heard from several people that the on-board audio on this motherboard is atrocious, so that's probably why.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't say for this board but I don't have my hopes up. I know for a fact my old one, which was a Z170a Gaming M5 sounded horrible and bland after replaying my guitar recordings. I can tell you this card is good, not the best out there but for jamming and overall music playback/gaming is good.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I do a bit of Audio mixing here and there. It was affordable and it will do for now :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Dear God. This is stunning. I envy you. Keep up the good work, man!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing Velda.

I just finished up a build myself. Looks like we had similar ideas with different part choices/execution. I really dig it. Great job!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

ps. I need to get me some of them LL120's!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you like it! I personally like the HD120's a bit more. They had them on display at Fry's and I found these having more vibrant colors than the LL's. It might be a placebo effect hahaha. If you decide to go with the HD's, you will either have to buy a Lightning node pro, which is only sold with the lightning strips pack or, the Commander pro. I bough the latter since I can also control my fans speed.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely - to each their own!

Thanks for the heads up! :)

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks super clean!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you appreciate the time I dedicated in hiding those PSU serpents and desk cables :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

MSI went EVGA-tard with their logo...

Sad.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

To each their own. I personally like this approach more than EVGA.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

both need to just stop.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

(you should have added at the end "and have high frame rates") nice build

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha thank you. Pcpartpicker should add it ;)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The little support crutch for the video card looks pretty silly. But great build overall!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I appreciate the kudos to my build :)

I'm just a bit paranoid of gpu sag in the long term lol. As for aesthetics, in my opinion is not that bad and it gets the job done. Trust me, MSI's brace is just beyond ridiculous and silly, check it out here

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That's hilarious.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I was wondering where you got those black and white cables from going to the Video card and motherboard. I want to get Red and Black cause I am trying to do a MSI Dragon theme with my computer when I finally have enough saved up.

This here will be my new baby when I finally have enough saved;

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/JamesJB/saved/#view=HBHcCJ

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is shaping to be great! kudos. Those are universal custom sleeves from Phanteks, got them from Amazon here. The quality is pretty good and the package also comes with cable combs. They do have your color scheme; going on sale pretty often.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much and thank you very much for the link :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

did the case come with fans?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the RGB on the case like is it eye catching or subtle