Description

This is my computer. Sometimes I use it for gaming, but mostly my wife just uses it for Facebook and blogging. It runs FB super well, so I'm sure she really appreciates all of the time and money I put into it.

A few notes about this build:

1) Delidding the CPU was fun, this was my first experience with it. It wasn't too difficult and the results were pretty drastic, used Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut and dropped temps a solid 15-20C under load. I'm loving this 8700k now, runs a solid 5.0GHz at 1.287V ramping up to 1.331V under heavy load, temps usually max out around 60C.

2) The FE 1080's were getting pretty toasty under load as well, so I also put some Conductonaut on both GPUs. I used Kapton tape to cover up all the little guys surrounding the die to (hopefully) prevent any shorts if the liquid metal spills over, seems to be doing the trick so far. I saw a YouTube video that tested this out and said it doesn't really do much for temps on FE cards (I think he was using a 1070), but at least on my 1080's I've seen a fairly significant drop. The top GPU used to hit 90C after sustained periods at heavy load (with no OC), and now I can relax the fan profiles and he maxes out around 80 and the lower GPU stays around 74C (+160 core/+400 mem on both).

3) The Phanteks DRGB kit is awesome, especially the halo. I don't have it plugged into my mobo because Gigabyte Fusion is meh. I actually prefer the standalone controller that goes with it, the preset colors/modes are pretty sweet and I don't have to install more junk software on my PC to use it.

4) The front panel and the two top exhaust panels lent themselves nicely to a carbon fiber vinyl wrap, because everything looks better in carbon fiber.

5) I decided to go with SLI 1080's because reasons. I know, I know, single card solutions are superior because lower latency and lack of SLI support etc, etc. But listen, I have reasons.

Well that's it, PC refresh 2018 is officially complete. Hopefully this thing will last me another couple of years. Thanks for checking it out.

Part Reviews

CPU

5GHz on 6C/12T, what's not to love?

CPU Cooler

Been running solid for over 3 years now without any issues and it keeps my delidded 8700K nice and cool at around 34C idle and 60C under load, very impressed with the reliability and performance.

Motherboard

A little gaudy for my tastes, but can't complain about the performance. Keeps my 8700K at 5GHz @ 1.287V with dynamic voltage addition up to 1.331V under load.

Memory

Solid RAM for the price, can't get it to OC much beyond 2666 but that's probably just operator error. Love the heatspreader design, looks amazeballs, IMO.

Storage

Essentially an OEM version of the 960 Evo, performance is pretty unreal for the price. Been running it for over a year without any problems.

Video Card

Taped off the area around the GPU die and applied Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut, dropped load temps ~10C and allowed me to relax the fan profile a little so my PC doesn't sound like a mini-tornado. +160 on the core gives me a solid 2025MHz boost clock, very happy with the performance in SLI.

Case

Great looking case, but airflow is a little choked at the front. Removing the front panel drops my idle CPU temps by about 4-5C. Also there's definitely not enough room to mount a radiator+fans at the top, space is pretty limited up there. Otherwise the layout is great. Velcro cable ties on the back make cable management a breeze.

Power Supply

Been running solid for over two years, never any problems.

Case Fan

Holy cow these things move some serious air, wow.

Monitor

Finally found a decent deal on a G-sync monitor that didn't require me to give up my firstborn as payment. Colors are pretty washed out straight from the box, but with a little calibration it looks just fine. G-sync at 144Hz QHD is super smooth, loving it so far.

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Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

"This is my computer. Sometimes I use it for gaming, but mostly my wife just uses it for Facebook and blogging."

LOL im sure the frame rate is a dream

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I mean for my wife's sake I had to go with an SLI solution and an i7, just to make sure she didn't experience any performance issues. Just trying to be a thoughtful and considerate husband, ya know?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

9/10, mirror lacks RGB

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You talking about the wafer on the wall?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

:O that's so cool! Also thought it was a little mirror at first glance. Sweet setup, cable management is clean! Hope those 2x 1080's have enough juice to run FB :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Plot twist: the dies on that wafer are actually used to make RGB LEDs. Therefore my mirror does have RGB and I award myself 11/10. Nah jk, it's just a DRAM wafer.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

9.5/10, wafer lacks RGB

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful pics. Love the carbon fiber touch, even on the cooler pump! really matches that case nicely. Stayed for the description LOLs +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I love them founders editions

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Mi dos, I don't even care if they run hotter than an open-air shroud, they just look so dang good.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, the cable management pretty good.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I bought the Noctua Chromax instead since the RPM limit is lower and Im sure 3000rpm would had been crazy. Do they get very loud?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

At 3000 RPM yeah, they sound like a small tornado, but I set the fan curve so that they never go past 2000 RPM. At idle and moderate load you hardly notice them.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, yeah that is not bad then. I was reading a review earlier and he said at max rpm he can hear them from outside lol You cant go wrong with Noctua anyways, best fans out there imo.