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!
Excellent processor for those not looking to overclock. Temps are a nonissue.
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.
Good mobo, intuitive bios. I am not utilizing m.2 so can't speak on that, but otherwise a great board for my i7.
Solid memory. Never had any issues with G.Skill and that pattern continues with the Trident Z.
Not as fast as the more recent offerings (2018), but still holding up well after four years in a previous build.
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.
Plenty of airflow, cable management, tempered glass. What's not to like?
Fully modular is always a plus for me, and it has more than enough power for the majority of today's builds.