Description

My dream gaming build for an adult nerd that loves to game.

Modest overclock to the CPU pushing 5Ghz @ 1.35v

Everything about the build was fairly smooth with the biggest complaint being that the fairly expensive case doesn't come with a riser cable to install the GPU with the included vertical mounting bracket. This is an extra $40 to get one that will properly mount onto the hardware.

I've been playing around with computers since 1993 and my experience is generally just upgrading ram or video cards, but it's my first time building from scratch so I figure I'd share what I learned/my opinion

Planning is important. I was originally planning on building a comp for fun and not get anything too crazy, but as I was researching parts I got into a habit of saying "but if I spend only a little more I can get this instead" and as a result I ended up having to buy a new case since the CoolerMaster Masterbox Lite 5 RGB wasn't suited to hold my cooling system the way I wanted to run it (cold air intake front/bottom, exhaust top/rear) but that said I did put another system in that case think it's a phenomenal case in terms of bang for your buck.

RGB is awesome. It's fairly cheap, super easy to install and program, and can add some fun to your case. If you don't like the lights, turning them off doesn't make your system look bad either.

If you can afford to avoid it, HDD's seem like a waste. One of the first pieces I bought for this was the HDD, but I feel like I'd have been better served investing that money into a larger SSD, they keep dropping in price and HDD's feel obsolete now.

The size of your case is more important than I assumed it would be. Obviously you want a case that has enough space to fit your system in without it being too cramped or effecting your thermals, but having a case that's too large for the cooling system doesn't help either. I had to play around with my set up in order to ensure I have positive pressure in the case as well as figure out a way to use up from of the front of the case without having an empty space large enough to fit a small child.

AIO cooling on your GPU is fun because it lets the manufacturer put interesting RGB lighting on the GPU, but unless you're mounting it vertically, the RGB faces straight down and is utterly pointless.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

This seems like a nice build! (And some hard wallet burning, something I couldn't afford to do lol) Are you sure that you really needed these overkill of parts? I get the RGB stuff, etc and the CPU, but did you really need a 1080 Ti? Welp, it's your build! Have fun with it! At least you didn't have to struggle with the Ryzen BS with BIOS like me...

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

If you can get it, why not?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What is this "need" you speak of?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to take advantage of the vertical GPU mount, which meant that I'd be looking at a liquid cooling solution to avoid thermal issues and at that point you might as well just spend the little bit extra.

You're right though, a lot of it's overkill and I'm hoping it lets me get a couple more years out of it as a result, otherwise I could have picked up a GTX 1060 6GB and a Ryzen 2600x and not notice any difference with the games I'm currently playing.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great! Nice work!

I've been trying to find some nice LED fans. Which ones are you using here?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The front of the case has 3x 140mm Riing RGB fans

The spec sheet for the case says it can only support 2x 140mm or 3x 120mm, but I was able to modify it and fit them in, but that's also why the top 30% of one of the fans is slightly hidden behind the plastic front panel.

I've been impressed with them so far, I recommend them and will probably pick up more for the rads.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks great, you did really well with the rgb and I really love how the graphics card looks, great choice +1