I'm back. Again. Yeah, I know. This is getting ridiculous. But, on the other hand... it looks cool. We are now at the point where I could feasibly pay a couple months of my actual tuition with this rig. Now that we've established I'm horrible at making financial decisions, let's get into the parts and changes:
CPU - Yeah, I know I spent this much and don't even have an i7. Show me a program I use that actually needs >4 threads and then I'll consider trading my better frequency due to lower TDP for better multi-threaded performance. Until then, 4.9 GHz baby!
Thermal Compound - Who actually gives a ****?
Motherboard - This I have mixed feelings about. This is the Aura (colour neutral, don't even care about RGB) version of the board I started out with a year ago. Has enough features and all, but I'm not too happy about going away from my Maximus VIII Gene from the mATX case. But it looked too small in here so had to make the change (and yes I'm still an Asus fanboy, I just like the UEFI. Sue me).
Memory - Yes, I paid a lot. DDR4 was expensive a year+ ago.
Storage - Eventually I'll buy some NVME storage. Probably M.2. But I have no issues with my situation right now, so no need to change. Plus this all fits in the back of the case without the HDD cage with some very useful double sided tape.
GPUs - I bought them a year ago. I know the 1070/1080 is better. I know. This is my way of preventing myself from buying them and waiting for HBM2 to hit the mainstream. Just let me have this one...
Case - God this is sexy. To me, this is worth every cent. Looks are stunning and make everything look so professional. Grommets are good, soft, and in the right places, plenty of IO and space in the back for everything I want to hide. Very satisfied.
PSU - Nothing different here. This works, it works well, and has plently of juice.
OS - Fck windows 10. Fck it. I'd say why, but this will be long enough already without that rant.
Wireless - Actually changed to a PCIe Gigabyte card for this. I'll update the parts list eventually, but who really cares? Although I have to say having bluetooth again is nice now that I have the slots for it.
Fans - Some of these actually broke (housing) during the case transfer. Frames are quite flimsy, and I'm kinda disappointed in BeQuiet! for this. Had to go push-pull with the case fans for the front rad to compensate for the loss of good aftermarket fans. Only BeQuiet! ones left are on the top rad (pull).
Monitor - Still rocking this for like 2 years. Good colour for a TN panel, and unlike my next monitor (when I can afford it), not $1000.
Keyboard - I like brown switches and media keys. This fit the bill.
Mouse - I like high DPI a lot of the time. This is comfy, has great software, and has a good enough sensor.
DAC - I like sound. This makes things sound nice.
Watercooling Stuff - Reused some parts from the soft tubing build (rads, pump, blocks, etc.). Obviously needed new tubing because it's PETG now, and new fittings. Also got a different reservior that isn't in the list because I don't care enough to update it, and frankly it doesn't matter because you can't see it. It's an alphacool lighttower if you care, and I got it so I could mount it above the PSU in the back. Also covered under etc. in one of the custom parts is a pump top so I could re-use the pump from my old pump-res combo unit.
As my first foray into hard tubing, I'm fairly satisfied. I will have to make some changes when I change the fluid, thinking of going for Pastel at some point. The GPU->CPU bend needs to be shortened, and the CPU->Rad bend needs some slight angling. I have to say Passing tubing through to the back was a challenge without taking out my drill, as the front and top rads block off a lot of grommets (some cables can be passed through though if you do that in advance.
Speaking of which, I know at this point I should have custom cables, but there's too many splits in the wiring for me to care enough to sleeve them, and the only people who will do cabling for you on this PSU are cablemod, who listed this PSU very recently. I may take them up on that, but it's a lot of work since I'd have to take the radiators out to run the cables, so I dunno.
Feel free to leave criticism, I built this in one afternoon before I moved back to school after being at home during a co-op term, so I know I rushed some stuff (like the aformentioned bends).
I'll get more pics up eventually, but I'm posting this in class so can't really do that at the moment.