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Finally, after 5 years of the PC building bug, I have a rig/setup I'm proud of. After my recent Coffee Lake and case upgrade.

Note: I tried my best to make all of the prices as accurate as I could. Keep in mind this stuff has been accumulated over quite a few years so some stuff was bought used, some were gifts, some I just forgot the price of and had to estimate.

I use it for gaming/streaming and music production, mostly. And just my daily driver for basic tasks. I have an HDMI cable running through the ceiling to a TV in the couch area as well. With the Steam Controller handy, it works great as an HTPC. I will be it using for school as well. I'm going for Network Engineering or System Administration, so I'll most likely be working with VMs when I start in the fall.

But yeah, I feel like it's FINALLY done. I went from an A8-3870K to an FX-8320, an i7-3770 for a while, and then finally bit the bullet and got myself a top-of-the-line 8700k. In that time, I went from integrated graphics, a GTX 650, 960, and then my 1070 that I luckily grabbed right before this mining craze.

It's not an INSANE build, but it's mine, and although it no longer has a single component from when I first started, it still feels like the same computer. I've only built it up from scratch once. (the first time) Everything else was just an upgrade.

I have a feeling someone's gonna ask about my... interesting monitor setup. I work at a computer recycling/resale shop and I got really good deals on my monitors. Definitely looking to upgrade my main monitor soon to 144hz + G-SYNC to take full advantage of my rig, but for now it's working just fine.

Well, thank you for letting me rant about my pride and joy for a bit. I got a nice OC on my i7 and GPU. Here's my 3DMARK Time Spy and Fire Strike scores for anybody interested.

I'll talk about my parts in more detail in the reviews down below. Feel free to ask any questions, and if you'd like, check out some of my other builds!

Part Reviews

CPU

Monster CPU. I'm planning to ride this beast out for quite a few years before I upgrade again. Up to a stable 4.5GHz on my 212 EVO. Haven't felt the need to push it any further.

CPU Cooler

Floated around through countless upgrade to my PC. Always does a great job of keeping temps down.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard for the price. Didn't need anything fancier.

Memory

Good clock speed, got them for a good deal.

Storage

Very reasonably priced. No issues.

Video Card

No backplate, which is kind of a bummer, but after a modest overclock, very satisfied with temps and performance.

Case

Best case I've ever owned. Very decent amount of airflow after swapping both included fans to the front and installing an extra in the back for push-pull. Works nicely with my blower-style GPU.

I also really like the classy look of it. Keeps things quiet. I had a really hard time between choosing the windowed version vs this one, but the top panel works kinda as a window when you remove the modu-vent and replace it with the included dust filter.

Power Supply

Hasn't failed me yet. Reliable brand.

Case Fan

I got this fan when I was obsessed with Razer and before RGB was a thing. It moves air, and it reminds me of my past, haha.

Monitor

Very nice, plain and simple 1080p monitor. Nice colors and viewing angles. Excellent adjustment options.

Keyboard

This bad boy has been running for nearly 6 years now. Nothing special, but it sure has gotten the job done.

Headphones

Awesome audio quality and sound isolation. No frills.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing! Why'd you choose to go with an Intel chip over Ryzen?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Single thread performance is more important to me than core count.

I love the new Ryzen CPUs and recommend them to anyone who needs a higher core count at a lower cost, but the i7-8700K is the gaming performance king at the moment, so I decided to treat myself, haha. I'm planning on holding on to this CPU for quite a long time.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same cooler and CPU as you and I'm hitting mid 70's under full load... what temps are you getting? Should I be concerned?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that under a full synthetic load or just during normal use? During a full synthetic Prime95 load I get around the mid 70s as well. During normal use, I'm only in the upper 50s low 60s.

Are you overclocking?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Not overclocking, when doing intense gaming I hit mid-high 70's, and when I stress test it, I actually only hit high 60's. But regardless under heavy load, im getting averages in the mid 70's with spikes as high as 81 (last night :/)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a bit on the hotter side, but otherwise those are safe temperatures. Not ideal, but safe. Looks like you might have just got a hot 8700K, possibly.

I'd take your question to the forums where more people could help you out and give you more information. Try reapplying thermal paste, maybe?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I posted on forums and Reddit and got a bunch of support. From the looks of it, those are not dangerous temps, but they are a little bit higher than average.

Im going to try and reapply the thermal paste this weekend and see if it helps. Thanks for the feedback!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

(looks at parts list) nice build... (looks at images of lighting) AAHHH MY EYES ITS TOO BEAUTIFUL... You should try to color match your LEDS though. The Fractal blue LED is zany with the green fans...

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, right now I actually have a different fan config. 2 fractal 140mms in the front and the 2 120mms for exhaust and CPU. Keeps quieter and looks a lot cleaner.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I assume you are using Fractal 120s, right?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Rocking the fractal design case i see, great choice ! ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!

Yeah, one of the best cases I've ever had the pleasure of building in. I was kicking myself for a bit afterwards for not getting the windowed version, but I figured it was going to be under my desk anyway.

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