It is here! Behold, what I believe to be my perfect computer and desktop. I'm studying Electrical Systems Engineering and I'd never thought that I would be able to do something like this before I graduated but here it stands. I will be using it mostly for gaming and studying but I will be doing some photo/video work as well as CAD modeling.
Case: The Fractal Designs Meshify C was a pleasure to build in. This was a lot of hardware to put in this size of case but it works very well. My goal was to find reasonable ground between performance and size. Too small of a case and the components wouldn't get enough airflow or fit. Too large of a case the tower becomes heavy, has wasted space, and is more expensive. The noise levels are very good as it is barely audible. It ramps up during gaming and benchmarks but it doesn't sound like its trying to take off. For less than a Benjamin Franklin I'd say this case is a steal.
CPU: My i7-8700k is overclocked to 5.15 GHz; this overclock was stable for all of the benchmarks I tested except for prime 95. Most CPU intensive benchmarks will run the chip upwards of 90 degrees but the core clock never throttles. I'm considering upgrading the liquid cooler. Please leave any suggestions you may have. The CPU is stable in games so that is all that really matters to me.
GPU: My EVGA 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid keeps my GPU very cool as is never goes past 60 degrees and is overclocked to 2075 MHz. I have taken off the stock fan that came on the AIO and replaced it with a Noctua NF-F12 fan to keep it quiet; I've also added a Corsair LL fan so the 120mm AIO is in push pull for maximum cooling power! I ditched the stock fan cable and hid it in the shroud of the GPU and used the motherboard to power the fans. This resulted in greater control of the fans and no ugly cable coming out of the GPU near the AIO tubes.
PSU: I replaced the stock fan in the AX860i with an LL120. This nerve racking ordeal was well worth it as the bottom part of my case was given more light and the PSU was quieter than stock. the wiring was tricky, the LL120 was larger than the stock fan and required careful installation to make it fit, and the fan never turns off. This isn't the worst thing as it is still controllable through corsair link and is silent anyways. Well worth it for the RGB flash. I don't know why corsair hasn't done this with their own PSU's already, it looks so good. Let me know if you guys want better pictures of the final result.
The desktop I made from strips of Butternut and Walnut wood that was glued together and doweled. I finished it with danish oil for a soft feel while still being protected form moisture. It measures seven feet long and 3 feet deep. I will never have a desk any smaller.
It's small size was great for fitting underneath my monitor. I am able to use it for both my speakers and headphones. It also has Bluetooth so I can connect my speakers to my phone.
They sound very nice and are extremely comfortable for long study sessions.