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I'll put some better pictures up as I finish moving in and tidy up a bit / install custom cables

Hi all. I've recently migrated to the sunny city of Brisbane in Australia, and I decided until my visa kicks in I needed a new workstation to keep me going through the days as my girlfriend wins all the bread. I had been planning a build for a while that resembled the glowing warmth you get from a fireplace.

All of my PC gear from the UK is on a boat and will still be some time off hence the lovely bargain-bin mouse/keyboard and portable speaker. I decided to go on a full NZXT binge after speaking with some of their guys and seeing the lighting systems however found on arrival not all of their gear is on sale here.

This led me to look at AORUS. I had been interested in their graphics card suite as it fitted the orange look of the furnace so on learning that the Z370 motherboard by NZXT isn't available I slapped the Gaming 7 Mobo in my shopping cart. This meant I had to make use of the i-Series case and Hue+ but by this point I was computer-drunk and over excited about finally having a strong PC that can actually top the charts.

-- Cue the RTX launch.

I had been checking for so long that Nvidia weren't going to release any new cards soon and the devs had stated only in June that a new card is not near release**. By the time I ordered the 1080TI the RTX series cards were announced! Now in Australia the 1080TI Xtreme and the standard RTX2080 are both $1199. Craving the sweet release of a PC and a card I could still rely on I continued my original plan. I hope this ends up not being a terrible decision.

** https://videocardz.com/newz/jensen-huang-next-geforce-is-a-long-time-from-now

Part Reviews

Power Supply

I had had trouble with a Corsair 750W PSU which died after the first week. It also contained pretty rough, ragged, hard to bend cables and it looked awful plugged in the GPU. I went up for this one, but along being good for the future the cables within were much nicer and the cable ties are a nice touch.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 6 points

crazy looking Pc

but you put your ram sticks in the wrong slots.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Appropriate name for Brisbane weather ;)

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

What color setting is this, if you dont mind?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I've a few on: NZXT - CAM Kraken Logo - Breathing 25-72-0 Kraken Ring - Tai Chi 255-174-0 + 255-0-0 Aer Fans - Fixed 255-72-0 LED strips - Fixed 255-72-0

AORUS - RGB Fusion Motherboard - Fixed 255-33-0 DDR4 - Pulse 255-33-0

AORUS - Engine GPU - Breathing 255-98-0

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the graphics card performance/reliability so far? and also the cpu cooler ?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Fix the RAM!!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

its not an 8086K so you don't have a furnace, only a space heater....

Anyway jokes aside, a solid PC that looks quite nice.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

very aesthetically appealing. it gives off a cozy vibe like playing late at night. cable management could be a little better on the cpu block but i’m sure there are more important things so it’s good

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah management isn't great, there's a bit at the back I need to recable but once I've finished moving into our apparent (still at her parents!) I'll update this!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Rtx is overhyped I'm sure there won't be anything to miss

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice what monitor are you using? 4k? 2k? 1080P Refresh Rate?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

When it arrives with my furniture I've got a 144hz Omen 25 but it's only 1920x1080.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

First, nice build!

Second, you Ram is not on the right slots.

Third

Now in Australia the 1080TI Xtreme and the standard RTX2080 are both $1199. Craving the sweet release of a PC and a card I could still rely on I continued my original plan. I hope this ends up not being a terrible decision.

The advantage is only for those who don't own a gpu already and are into trying the Ray Tracing technology as well, imo. So maybe a bad timing (and terrible decision?), but let's see what the benchmarks will say about these gen of Nvidia cards... But hey, 1080TI is a pretty beast card, so you are not bad even with the release of this new gen.

Fourth, +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Angel!

I didn't hear about the announcement until late and read a post saying the NVIDIA CEO advised a new card isn't anywhere near release.. this was only in June.

My girlfriend is getting my old rig so hopefully with any luck I'll be able to swindle an excuse to upgrade to a bigger card next time!

  • For the RAM, this is a very embarrassing realisation as I didn't know DIMM position was a thing.
  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not your fault. Big companies, especially the ones that are "greedy" (like Nvidia), are unpredictable about their announcements... you just got really unlucky.

For the RAM, this is a very embarrassing realisation as I didn't know DIMM position was a thing.

No problem ;) I'm imagining when i finally build my first PC, what difficulties and errors i will make. There are things that we don't know that they are a thing until someone says it so with facts. For me was a surprise as well when i find out about how it should be mounted the Ram

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, but besides ram sticks, dude dat bending, the video seems like will break in any moment.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

why did u buy the Hue+ LED controller? isnt there already a smart device for the fans and strips? im prob wrong but im getting a similar build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The H700i and regular were same price from the store I got them (probably mistake on their end) but there's only one RGB channel so without modding the strips you can only light up the fans OR the LED strips not both. I just use the smart device for the fan control now.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your fan config? And how did you hook them all up?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Your ram isn`t in the right placement <3

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

There are so many lights! Great build!