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The DREAM (i7-8700k/2080TiFE) -First Build

by Narul071


My very first build!

Growing up I have always dreamed of building a top end gaming computer. Hence the title. After slogging through my Computer Engineering degree and getting a job, I now had the means to buy it!

I put the whole system together no problems, no returns, only a few minor fan pin placements and I was good to go. With my education and experience I expected to not run into any issues and I did not :)

I wish I would have held off on the purchasing of RGB fans. I wanted RGB on my Radiator so I purchased two additional ML140 fans and I wanted the fancy looking LL140 fans on the inside. So now I have two Lightning Node Pro's (so 4 hubs) and the cable management in the back is pretty bad.

I spent about 3 weeks picking out the parts: i7-8700k = very nice I really want to delid soon

2080 Ti FE = too damn expensive, fans sound like ****

Corsair RGB Vengeance RAM 3600C18 = Lord RAM is expensive now, I would have preferred to buy 3200 with lower CAS but it was sold out.

H115i = Very nice, I have 4 ML140 fans in Push/Pull all at same RPM EVGA 1000 G3 = Chose the 1000 because my config may use about 500W and these units are most efficient at around there

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO = Very nice, bought for the additional VRMs

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M = Very hard decision, man for 100$ these guys have thought of everything!! Did not have to do any drilling or cutting. It was a choice between this one and the Thermaltake 71. I am happy.

Samsung 970 EVO = Had to install drivers prior to installing windows


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DankxXxBoi 2 points 6 months ago

Your aren't going to break any world records with that... I promise...

The_ttv-bird 3 points 6 months ago

not with the current OC war on youtube

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

That’s a fact, the #RIPNARUL071 video will be posted on Gamers Nexus in no less than a day.

The_ttv-bird 1 point 6 months ago


Narul071 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

I made it to rank 882 on 3dMark TimeSpy Extreme lol

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Lol I thought it was funny as hell given the yt wars on benchmark scores currently. I think OP was joking

krismate 2 points 6 months ago

Did you have to remove the two 3.5" drive bays at the bottom of the case in order to fit the 280mm rad + CD/DVD drive?

I'm looking to have a similar configuration (CD/DVD + h115i mounted at the front) but still have a need for one 3.5" drive. It's hard to tell from your pictures whether there's any room for a 3.5" drive. I see there's space between the rad and CD/DVD drive. Is it possible to mount the rad a little higher, thereby freeing up space at the bottom for a 3.5" drive?


Benjamin1966 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

2080ti shipments must be arriving.

TechTuberTV 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome build!!! Just get some custom extensions to complete it maybe?

wurpy 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago


Lee.H 1 point 6 months ago

I’m new to all this pc building so correct me if I’m wrong but is 1000w psu not over kill for this build? Build looks great. Going to start my first build soon

nilswalk 1 point 5 months ago

When you say "Samsung 970 EVO = Had to install drivers prior to installing windows" - which driver are you talking about and where/how did you install it? I have an almost identical setup to you and am having troubles getting WIN10 to install on the drive. The Samsung driver for the 970 EVO is an executable installer so dunno how to install that before Windows?

Cookienese 1 point 2 months ago


mikeynaz 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great looking build. Big fan of the white on black.

NvidiaBudgetBuilder 0 points 6 months ago

You need more storage. But holy crap! This for your FIRST BUILD EVER????

NvidiaBudgetBuilder 1 point 6 months ago

HAHA "I thought my config may use about 500W so I got a 1000W"

Nullarc77 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Needs are entirely subjective. If they don't have a lot of games than 500gb is probably plenty.

Narul071 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I threw in some old HDDs. But where i live i currently have gigabit internet so downloading games is insanely fast. Yeah the build will show 491W on PCPartpicker but that does not account for if you go up an extra 50-100W for overclocking. Interestingly the PSU calculators will recommend a much higher PSU than needed which is not complete BS. As I said the the PSU is more efficient at 50% load. So maybe ill break even one day as opposed to say an 800W or 650W...Or maybe im just telling myself that :)

Brianjc24 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Even if your build was only using 500 watts, PSU's run at their best efficiency when at 50%-60% load so 1000 watts was a good choice. Also definitely delid your 8700k, the difference it makes is inane. i have all 6 cores at 4.9ghz with lower temps than stock speeds without a delid.

Narul071 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I really want to! The corsair AIO cooler had one corner loose and at first i would skyrocket to 100C. i finally have good contact but it is so hard to get these glorified under 80C temps at 5Ghz. i can just BARELY get under 80C under stress testing. and some burn tests push it to 90C I am wondering how much it will cost tho, because it seems like it will be 10$ for the paste and there are these 50$ delidding kits and I have never done it before.

Brianjc24 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I never delidded before either and was hesitant to do it myself so I sent my cpu to silicone lottery, and if you buy the kit plus liquid electric tape, high heat silicone, etc, and anything else you need the price comes out to about the same. At least with silicone lottery if they mess up and ruin your cpu, they'll replace it. If you mess up your out $300-$400. Also in my case I had an I3-8100 laying around so my pc was usable while my I7 was gone.

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Narul071 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

At 100% they spin at 4000 RPMs they are LOUD. (This is Nvidia's FE) Might consider liquid cooling just for the noise. Plus I think one fan is making noise, might have to return.

SlackPackSam 0 points 6 months ago

I'd wait until Asus releases their Strix 2080 Ti. The Strix cards usually have some pretty beefy coolers on them. (If you're going to return of course)

Narul071 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I might have to return it :( 1280 dollars for a card and i have to listen to this screeching noise through my headphones.

DerplePurp 2 points 6 months ago

The fans aren't supposed to always run at 100% RPM, if you have a good fan curve they shouldn't be too loud and you will still get good thermals

Narul071 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah i thought 100% would help with my 3dMark score LOL