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This is my first build after years of owning only laptops for productivity/interneting and consoles for gaming. Decided to go big, and holy balls, I wish I had done this sooner! This build took a long time to gather parts for and I had to RMA the GPU but I'm happy with the result. Totally new to this so any feedback is appreciated :)

Motherboard

The ASRock Taichi had everything I needed and more, and everything installed easily onto it. Getting RAM up to advertised speed was simple and storage drives were instantly recognized. The BIOS is extensive but easy to navigate and needed no update. No complaints here. Some fan headers are smack in the middle of the board, might be annoying for some, but I'm not using these anyways.

CPU

Went with an i7-8700K as my main aim is gaming, but it can also easily handle my multi-tasking needs. Overclocked to a stable 4.7Ghz and then 5.0Ghz pretty easily with slight voltage offsets, and is running fairly cool thanks to the...

CPU Cooler

NZXT Kraken x62 keeps the processor around 35C at idle and around 60C at load (max so far is low 80's) and it looks noice. I replaced the stock fans with Corsair ML 140's and they are rather silent. The radiator fits the case perfectly and RAM clearance doesn't look like it will be an issue even if the remaining slots are occupied. Rad.

GPU

The first FTW3 1080 Ti I received was a dud. At stock it threw trippy purple artifacts on screen a few seconds into every benchmark although temps were fine, and constantly blue-screened. After a day or two of struggling it kicked the bucket entirely and the PC refused to boot at all, with the motherboard debug code pointing to a vague PCIE issue. Might have been an unstable factory clock, I dunno. The EVGA RMA process was easy despite my impatience, and the replacement seems solid so far. At load it maxes around 60C without much noise. Still haven't messed with the overclock on the card, but even at stock it's pretty dope.

Memory

It's RAM, it's a lot of RAM, and it's pretty. Bought it just before the Pro version was announced, sadly, but I think the only difference is that the new ones are even prettier. It's fine.

PSU

More power than I'll likely need, but it's modular, the cables are all sleeved white which matched the color scheme, and it came with cable combs. Nice.

Case & Fans

The case was surprisingly easy to build in given my big stupid hands and complete inexperience. The included cable clips and zipties with the S340 Elite are a nice touch and there's a lotta space for running cables. Airflow doesn't seem to be an issue with a Corsair LL 120 and an LL 140 for exhaust and they are super quiet. Case looks cool as well. Oh and the puck. I like the puck. More useful than I thought it would be.

Storage

This WD Black 1TB NVMe is nutty fast, 3430/2790 R/W sequential and 1740/1640 R/W random speeds. Neato. The SP 1TB SSD was also a great deal for extra storage.

Monitor

Was looking for 1440p with 144hz and the S2716DG had G-Sync as well. Messed with the display settings on the monitor a bit and it looks fantastic. Also changed out the included stand for one that matched the aesthetic, because why not.

Speakers

I am blown away by the Katana. Sound quality is excellent, simulated surround is awesome, and the thing is powerful as ****. Seriously, beyond 30% volume the walls start shaking. Love it. The software is super customizable for different profiles as well. Highly recommend this.

Peripherals/Extras

-Windows 10: It's fine after disabling the bloat.

-Logitech G203 Progidy: Smooth and snappy mouse, though the cord is a little long. Works well with the 3M mousepad.

-G.Skill Ripjaws KM570: My first mechanical keyboard, I really dig the Cherry MX Brown switches.

-NZXT Internal USB Hub: Wanted more USB 2.0 headers just in case and used this to hide my Logitech F710 controller dongles too. It's magnetic which is cool.

-GPU Backplate: Saw this on V1 Tech and thought it fit the build nicely, although it won't add to the part list and I'm too lazy to figure it out.

-RGB: The Corsair Lighting Node Pro came bundled with my ML 140 fans and I added a Lighting Pro set of LED strips. Flashy.

-CableMod AIO Sleeve: It's a sleeve.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so cool needs more likes! +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

But do your broads even live in Atlanta?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Twistin' dope, lean, and the Fanta

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of 'em. Got some in Montana.

Smokin' like cuban cigars in Havana

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, you replace fans of the NZXT X62 by Corsair LL140 RGB ?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I replaced the NZXT Aer fans on the x62 with Corsair ML140 RGB's, and used the LL140 and LL120 RGB's as case fans. So far they've been quiet and working great

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

so u got rgb fans in front of your computer? and how can we connect the RGB and the FANS from the cooler ? Do you think i can replace NZXT aer fans with Corsair LL140 RGB's ??

I just order a PC with a Corsair Carbide Spec OMEGA RGB case and i want rgb fan every where i love soooo much colors ! I already have 2 fans in the back, 2 on the top but my Kraken X62 takes fans in front of the PC so i want to try to replace X62 Aer fans for Corsair RGB fans

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the ML140's I used for the cooler radiator are mounted on the front, although the lights aren't really visible unless the front panel is off lol. I have their 4-pin fan cables connected to the daisy chain of 4 connectors coming from the x62, and their RGB cables go to a Corsair RGB 6-fan hub. The fan hub came with my Lighting Node Pro, your case probably has both of these already.

The colors are awesome :) You could use the LL140 fans for the cooler instead, but the ML are supposed to push more air and stay quieter.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You put this beauty under your desk??? Com'on! Anyway +1, nice build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL I thought this would get called out. Waiting to get a larger desk when I move, this one is super cramped with the PC on top :(

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here, that's why I bought that shelf and set it all up as seen in my pictures. Hurry up with the new desk. Worst case scenario: Noob pwnz you ingame, you freak out and kick in the panel!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, can't let that happen so a bigger desk is priority #1 right now, totally not just because I want to show it off! Haha

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Flawless execution, love it. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. Looks dope. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! May I ask where you got that backplate for the GPU?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it! I picked it up from V1 Tech - https://www.v1tech.com/product-category/backplates/