I was originally going to build an i7-7700K PC however the 8th generation of intel CPU's was released and the i5-8600K benchmarks was showing better performance than the i7-7700K so I decided to go with 8th generation. This also helps with future proofing as I now have a Z370 Motherboard.
The i5-8600K does not run as hot as i7 and therefore I didn't go for a hardcore cooling solution, yes this 120mm air cooler wont keep stuff at the lowest temps but its enough. With that in mind, and also since I'm not planning on overclocking heavily to something like 5GHz, I went with aesthetics and I love the Aura sync RGB GAMMAXX GT.
I went with the Asus STRIX Z370-E Gaming for aesthetic reasons. I wanted to keep the RGB conservative and tasteful. Any Z370 motherboard would have worked but I think the STRIX series looks best. (Also this is Wi-fi version yay).
DDR4-3000 16GB is all I need again like the motherboard anything would work but i picked the G.Skill Trident Z because of how gorgeous it is as well as Aura compatibility.
Yes, its overkill, no I don't need it, yes it made the price go up by $300 for no reason. Guess what I wanted it so I bought a NVMe SSD, the Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB M.2 SSD. Fast and no I wont ever need anything better. I also have several hard drives I can connect for more storage however I didn't list them.
The Asus 1080 TI STRIX OC edition. Yeah $800 dollars was dropped on this and the reason was I decided I wanted 1440p gaming with gsync and 144Hz or more. For those settings a 1080 TI will keep me at high FPS for a while.
Case Airflow Setup and Case Fans
I picked the high airflow Meshify C from Fractal because their Gods at making beautiful tasteful minimalist cases and this one is incredible. I like it over the Define series for front intake airflow. The configuration I am using is 2 140mm fans for intake at the front, the included 120mm fan as exhausted in the rear and I moved the included front 120mm fan to the top rear of the case as an additional exhaust fan. I should have positive pressure from the front intake fans.
80+ Gold, fully modular cant say much about it. Meshify C has a dusk filter at the bottom so I mounted it with the fan faced down to intake air from the bottom and exhaust it out the back.
When I bought a 1080 TI I couldn't cheap out on a monitor or whats the point? 1440p, 27", gsync, 165Hz, yeah it has it all.