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UPDATE

I have since replaced the speakers and monitor for this build. My Z-2300 speakers - more accurately, the subwoofer - died on me, so I replaced them with a Logitech Z623 which is more or less just an updated version of the same speakers. I also pulled the trigger on an Acer XB271HU monitor (the IPS version). Night and day difference from my old monitor.


This build is an upgrade from my previous PC which had an i7-4790 and GTX 970. I took certain parts from that computer to reuse for this one, mainly the SSD, an unused 1TB hard drive, and peripherals. The rest will be put towards a (slightly) more modest computer for my soon-to-be wife. From the start, I knew I wanted to completely avoid RGB lighting and, to try to keep my budget around the same as my two previous builds, I waited to buy most of the components only once they went on sale (prices on my part list are actual prices paid).

CPU: I decided to make the jump from four cores to six with this build. As I do not overclock, I decided to save some money and go with the non-K version of the i7-8700.

CPU COOLER: I used an AIO with my previous computer, specifically the H100i, and decided to do the same with this as well, just moving up to 280mm. Since EVGA and Corsair use the same pump/radiator for their AIOs, I waited until one of them went on sale.

MB: Yes, a Z370 motherboard for a non-K processor. When I started looking at motherboards, most of the B370/H370 boards were getting mixed reviews which kinda steered me back to the Z370 variants. Again, I got everything I needed from this board at a discounted price. No complaints.

RAM: 3200Mhz memory within $10 of 2400/2666Mhz memory? Why not. Probably won't notice any performance increase from it, but it was comparably priced and fits the white/black theme.

STORAGE: The SSD (and 1TB hard drive) carried over. Nothing special performance-wise, but hard to justify spending money on a new OS drive when the 535 works just fine. The Western Digital drives are being used for photo/music storage as well as Steam. They won't come close to being filled but I'd rather have too much then not enough.

GPU: I initially thought I would go with a 1070Ti, but found the 1080 SC2 heavily discounted, with additional rebate and a free game. I also didn't like that the 1070Ti's were locked at certain clock speeds to fall between the 1070/1080 whereas this 1080 has a slight factory boost in clock speeds. Hard to say no to that.

CASE: Knowing what my cooling solution was going to be ahead of time, I heard many good things about the Meshify C in regard to airflow, ease of access/building, etc. and decided on the white variant for my build. Probably the best case I've used to date.

POWER SUPPLY: I wanted to go slightly overkill on this just to be on the safe side. Picked the G3 up when it was on sale. Works just fine. Probably won't ever come close to pushing it to its limit, but that's why I got it.

FANS: Again, I wanted something to fit the color scheme of the build. This is the first time I have used Noctua fans and, while I am still waiting for one more fan to arrive, they have been nothing short of fantastic. Even at 100% speed when I first tested everything, they are noticeable but not obnoxiously loud. They are currently at 80% and keeping the CPU at 28°C at idle.

MONITOR: This is a carryover from my first build. Nothing special - run of the mill 1080p. I am hoping to replace this by year's end. 1440p, ISP (for photo editing), and g-sync make for a tough combination to hit with any sort of a budget unfortunately. Back to waiting for sales!

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS/PERIPHERALS: The Silverstone fan hub is just a way to limit connections to the motherboard while maintaining control of all fan speeds. Mouse/keyboard/speakers have all been with me through at least one prior system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it so these are staying. Same goes with the wireless card.

I updated temps after doing some moderate gaming (Zombie Army Trilogy). Wouldn't be surprised to see them get a little bit higher, but there is plenty of airflow to keep things cool. Any questions/comments, post away. Thanks for taking a look!

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent processor for those not looking to overclock. Temps are a nonissue.

CPU Cooler

Equal to its Corsair counterpart. I replaced the stock fans for Noctuas, but performance has been excellent even with fans running at slightly reduced rpm.

Motherboard

Good mobo, intuitive bios. I am not utilizing m.2 so can't speak on that, but otherwise a great board for my i7.

Memory

Solid memory. Never had any issues with G.Skill and that pattern continues with the Trident Z.

Storage

Not as fast as the more recent offerings (2018), but still holding up well after four years in a previous build.

Video Card

A good option if you aren't looking for a 1080Ti. Temps are reasonable although case airflow will dictate that to a degree. Handles my gaming needs with ease.

Case

Plenty of airflow, cable management, tempered glass. What's not to like?

Power Supply

Fully modular is always a plus for me, and it has more than enough power for the majority of today's builds.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn what a sexy case

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Hope you did well in the panel lottery. I almost bought the XB271HU from Amazon or Micro Center. Amazon kept selling out before I could make a decision and Micro Center was too far away. If they would have had it at my local Fry's/Best Buy I probably would have.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had no issues with mine thankfully. It's a night and day difference from my previous monitor. I suppose the market for g-sync monitors has changed now that some freesync monitors are g-sync compatible, but I'm happy with it regardless.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. The two tone white and black is super crisp. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows that Evga Aio treating you? Any complaints?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

None whatsoever. It's a bit of a tight fit in this case (I knew that ahead of time). Can't speak for the included fans as I replaced them immediately with the Noctuas, but it keeps things plenty cool. Fans are steady at 80% (1200 rpm).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear, im also going to be switching to the Noctua Chromax 140mm fans. This Aio has rgb correct ?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it does.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Also does your Ram light up at all?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, there are versions of the Trident Z that do, but these are just black and white without LED.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you happy with how your build turned out? My build will include the exact same Mobo,Aio,Gpu,and Ram but the (Rgb version) as well as 3 of the Redux Noctuas. Do all the Evga products link and run seamlessly with each other? I like the look of the build but after looking at almost an exact build as mine, im not sure I like it as much anymore. No stab at your build, its beautiful im just trying to get info on the parts. I know they are all great parts and I like the brand consistency im just not sure what to do!!!! any suggestions?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything has been running flawlessly, no complaints at all. BIOS was easy to adjust for RAM speeds, installing Win10 via USB, etc. As far as software, I don't use the Precision XOC app as I am not overclocking anything. It wasn't necessarily my intention to go EVGA everything. Just happened that the deals worked out that way. Are you looking to include more RGB/interior lighting?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

WHERES THE RGB

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Technically, the cooler is if you plugin the included USB cable, but I chose not to.

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