I had decided to build a gaming desktop that was as small form factor as possible, as powerful as possible, and that did not look like a gaming desktop (no leds, no eye candy). It was meant to replace an old gaming laptop: a Samsung 7 Gamer Series. Bear in mind that this is my first custom build ever. I named it "Minion".
I was not concerned much about noise and temperatures as I was not considering overclocking anything. My budget was 3,000 USD but managed to spend no more than 2,500 USD. Considering the lifespan I intend to give to this build (at least five years), it means it should represent ~40 USD spent per month (provided that nothing burns down before five years... I'm an optimistic).
For the case, I went with the Fractal Design Node 202. I got the one that comes without the power supply because I needed a modular power supply to make cable management less complicated (also freeing room for ventilation). I chose the Corsair SF600 to make sure I had enough power for all the components.
I went with a blower card GPU so I didn't contaminate the CPU environment with additional hot air. I chose the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080Ti.
For RAM, I chose two sticks of 8GB each... Corsair Vengeance LPX. I got the 3000 because it was on sale and priced only a few bucks higher than the 2400. Anyway... it's just RAM. Although I am testing the RAMDisk app from MSI to speed up web browsing...
I removed the bracket for the SSD so to free up space for cable management and ventilation. Instead of bulky SSD/s, I opted for a Samsung Pro 960 M.2. nvme to make room for additional space and ventilation, still getting top performance and 1Tb of storage space.
To cool down the i7 7700K, I chose the Cryorig C7.
To cool down the video card, I chose a pair of Corsair ML 120 which supposedly deliver good static pressure while keeping quiet because of the magnetic levitation system.
As of this writing, I have yet to take note of temperatures. Needless to say, it runs relatively cool and silent. No throttling noticed at first glance. I live in Miami and my A/C is noisier. Yet sometimes it does makes some weird constant clicking noise, which I think comes from the fan in the power supply (I will diagnose soon).
Also, I have yet to try it with a good gaming monitor. At this time, it powers three old 60hz Samsungs S27D590, but I see flickering green dots with one of the monitors when the GPU is working hard or temps are high. I tried different cables, display ports and HDMI ports, and it seems to be a random occurrence regardless of the monitor. I am confident this should not be an issue when I switch to a ultra wide gaming monitor sometime in the future. I'd also love to understand why Nvidia surround gives me trouble with the Windows taskbar after each reboot...
Anyway... All games I play run with FPS above 100 with ultra settings. I am happy with the build overall. I will need to check on that occasional fan noise and occasional flickering dots when using Nvidia surround.