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This is my new personal build for gaming. I was running a 4790k and a GTX 1080. Why upgrade? Parts dispersion. Wife gets the 4790k to replace a 4690k and a GTX 1080 to replace a GTX 980. Kids get their first computer. They're 7 and 8. So I'd say a i5 and a 980 will be plenty for minecraft as a first computer. I generally go a little overkill, but I try to stay relatively smart with my choices (i.e., I can't justify a 2080ti for $1400...). If you have any questions, please ask.

Next upgrades will be putting Corsair RGB LL120 fans on the front. Just waiting for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. The debate I'm having is whether or not to replace the rear fan as well. I'm worried it'll be too much though. The sleeved 24-pin is just a trial. I sleeve my own cables and I'm still trying to find what I want to do there.

Got to give credit for things not mine. Wallpaper is by Justin Maller. http://www.justinmaller.com/wallpaper/408/

Intel i7-8700k As far as parts go, I went with the 8700k despite the 9700k being out. The performance increase between the two wasn't enough to justify the extra $60-80 if you could find a place with it in stock.

Asus ROG Z370-E I don't like the new Asus Z390 motherboards. I think the lettering on them looks meh at best. The MAXIMUS XI HERO looks dope, but not spending $300 on a motherboard. I don't do crazy overclocking or anything special.

Corsair Vengeance RAM I just like the look of it better than the other RAM choices out there and Corsair hasn't let me down yet. I don't need 32GB. But if I upgrade my wife's PC in the next year, there's a solid chance it'll use DDR4 and I can just move 2 sticks over. And I got the kit for $240 which was a steal.

Crucial 1TB SSD Had this from my old build. Using this as a scratch drive. Got it for $200 two or so years ago when that was a good price. Now it will be a scratch/storage drive.

Samsung EVO 860 Prices have come down a lot, so $160 for this as my main drive, ...done.

GTX 2080 1440p gaming with this is glorious. I'm almost always at 100 fps or better on ultra. Games I currently play are COD: BO4, World of Warcraft, PUBG, and Battlefield 1.

Meshify C This case is awesome. I had a NZXT H440 which was not the best for airflow. I wanted better airflow, to fit a 360mm radiator, and a smaller footprint. This hit all of them. Other notes with this case, you can fit the H150i Pro and the HDD rack in the bottom. It scoots far enough back to allow this. I don't have any mechanical drives, so I'm just using the rack behind the motherboard. But useful information I couldn't find prior to buying this case.

SuperNOVA G3 I've been using EVGA power supplies for the past 5+ years and have never had an issue. Ye old faithful.

Dell S2417DG I've had these for a few years now. I've run thru several monitors trying to find what worked best for me. A 24" monitor is what I've found to be best for me. It's 144Hz and G-Sync. And doesn't kill your wallet. Picked these up for around $300 each on a sale.

I had the Dell U3415W. It's a pretty monitor. 34" gives you insane immersion in single player games like Witcher 3. But, it's limited to 60Hz which is kind of a bummer if you can push higher. And in FPS games, you miss too much in the corners or have to look around too much to get the information you need.

I had the S2716DG as well, but found that 27" was just outside my field of view for taking in information.

Not a Dell fanboy. These just seemed to have way less issues than the ASUS or ACER options.

Logitech G410 I've used the Corsair K70 with reds in the past. While nice, I prefer the Romer-G switches. I think they're quieter and less clicky. Tenkeyless works better for me for more mouse room and ergonomics.

Logitech G600 If you play WoW, druids have too many buttons... Now I have enough buttons.

Logitech G502 FPS mouse of choice. Adjustable weights. RGB. Accurate.

Logitech G560 This had a lot of bad taste initially. When they were first released, they were plagued with volume issues. You wouldn't want the Windows volume over 10 or it was ridiculously too loud. There were issues with them freezing, or causing Windows to freeze. There was finally a firmware update that fixed this. Now I would recommend them (8 months later...)

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Great strategy with the parts distribution!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

how is the rtx card working out for you? considering getting that one

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it. I'm not having any issues with it. And it's quiet. It's 3 slots, but wow. It does the job. Stamp of Approval

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

do u have a youtube channel

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope. Sorry.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

its all good

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh yes silence is golden! The mag lev fans on the newer H150i are a dream compared to the old ones. Very nice build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. My wife is using the old H100i. The difference is insane.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

get a new exhaust fan. better cooling and less noise.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't hear that back fan as it is honestly. I haven't decided what I'm going to replace it with. Debating on LL120s. I know I'm gonna get a 3-kit for the front. Question is whether or not to get one for the back, too. I'm worried it'll be too much . I really like the light profile it as at the moment. The pictures just don't do it justice.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice, but is that windows 8?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 Pro

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, thought so i dont think i have my glasses on when looking at the pictures

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel you. I'm super blind if I don't have mine. :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't tell if that's more yellow or orange, but it's awesome, dude.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Orange. Really, its whatever. RGB FTW!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this build is amazing, I too use the arctis 7 and it’s very amazing, I had no problems with it otherwise its weird looks, anyways this build is one of the best I’ve ever seen in PCPP

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. That means a lot. As far as the Arctis 7. I got my wife the new version. I think the older one is more comfy, but still a solid headset. Really good battery life.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine lasts a very long gaming session

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Have the same monitor but in the 27" variant.

The only issue I have is sometimes, the screen will tear smack dab in the middle. You almost can't even see it, because it's a straight line and it's as if the right side of the screen moved to the left 1mm. A simple off then on fixes it, but it reappears every now and then.

Doesn't really happen when I'm playing a game or browsing the web, just when it turns on.

Ever get this?

Also, nice build. lol.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Nope. I've had the 27" one as well. No issues with that one either. That's weird. Find anything about it in forums?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I was looking at building a PC similar to your's (mine is on my profile) and I was wondering, as this will be my first build ever, how did you manage the cables so well? Also, is liquid cooling as much work as I've been told, like constantly replacing the water, removing worn out pipes, etc?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

For cable management, start with hooking the cables you're going to need to the PSU and route them loosely to the components. Then once everything is in place, you can tighten down your twist ties or velcro straps.

As for liquid cooling, it is better than air cooling, but usually at a price. You can get a good air cooler for about $30-60 where as a AIO cooler is usually $100+ If you only plan on running the i5-8400 (lower TDP and not overclockable), you can go with a 280mm AIO that would fit nicely and be plenty. A 240mm rad would be fine, but leave gaps in the case. But that's all aesthetics. It's really based on your budget and how you want it to look. Only reason I got the 360mm version was for overkill.

You should never have to refill a AIO. They are sealed. If you did a custom loop, then that is just a periodic maintenance every six or so months due to evaporation. Most AIO coolers have a 3-5 year warranty.

Hopefully I answered all your questions. If you have any others, PM me or hit me here.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow my upcoming build is rounding out to look a lot like yours!

I was wondering if you had any insight on the RTX 2080 XC Gaming vs the XC Ultra cards? How did you go about choosing the Ultra for the additional $50? Also how are you temps while playing PUBG?

I'm working on my first build and I'm really new to all this stuff so any help is appreciated!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

My justification was I wanted quiet. I built in the Meshify C so it had to be a shorter card. I wanted the best cooler which meant thicker from EVGA. More surface area meant more cooling at less effort. This thing is quiet. As for PUBG temps, I'm gonna play a game and I'll add that in a little bit. I'll post a little benchmark.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmark on Sanhok at 1440p with most settings on Ultra https://drive.google.com/file/d/1doTbKRNMPsVYhfUuHAncFCCBaTUx-hao/view?usp=sharing 120-130FPS CPU 40-45C GPU 70-72C

As far as noise. No motor or pump noise, just wooshing of air. GPU fans are around 1850 rpm. It's surprisingly quiet. Hopefully this gets what you were looking for. I won that match BTW.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z8BeyN0g4ArQrNucouuxp0dSPY6dNEgG/view?usp=sharing

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow amazing numbers, appreciate it man! I think you've swayed me to the XC Ultra haha. Congrats on that chicken dinner as well~

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey powellbm86, I'm about to do almost the exact same build. I was just wondering what you thought of how your H150i fit in the Meshify? I had selected the H115i instead because I wasn't quite sure how well the whole thing would work with pulling the shroud back for the psu. Are you happy with how that went in and how it's working, or would you have been better off with the 2 fan version?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on your hard drive situation. If you use a shorter psu like the evga g3 series or SFX, you can fit the hard drive cage in the bottom, too. If you use a standard length, it's a bit of a squish. If you're SSD only, then no worries. Install and whatnot was a breeze. I'm super happy with it. Temps are great and the fans are quiet.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice layout!

Whats the dims in mm between your GPU and RAD? I have a 2080 FTW3 and would like to use the same H150i... but it's also 32mm longer.

Planning on putting some 140mm up on top?

Do you have your thermal benchmarks for this layout?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I have about 18-20mm between the end of my GPU and the rad. At the moment, I have no intentions of putting fans in the top. I'm happy with the thermals/noise (borderline silent). And there are some benchmarks and stuff in a previous comment from when I was playing PUBG. If there is something else you're looking for, please let me know.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Building almost an identical rig now. Jealous of the 2080

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate