Description

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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).

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

PSU

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.

Monitor

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.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you end up overclocking? What frequency did you reach?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not go for a heavy overclock because the CPU Cooler I used is just a 120mm Cooler that I picked for Aesthetics and not performance so I was scared. I stopped at 4.8GHz at 1.250 Volts, I originally had it at 4.8GHz at 1.280 Volts but I wanted to try and keep temperatures down.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, 4.8GHz is pretty decent. Great build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I thought 4.8GHz is enough too haha, thank you!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Precious build, please, how does stock speed temperature give you the heatsink you use?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! So my CPU temps are 27-30°C idle and 60-64°C on load. I stress tested for 30 minutes and it did reach 70°C and peaked to 73°C on one core (the others stayed below that) at 100% CPU usage.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much for replies, build in days a very similar build, but using a Noctua NH-U12S and I thought it would not work. Great beautiful build and thanks for answering.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua is god like you should be fine! Thank you again!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Jesus That's actually really good temps for the cooler. It's so cheap and it looks nice, has RGB aura sync and keeps a recent CPU at quite adequate temps.

Looking to to get it for my i5-8600k, are there any cons before you had before I get it?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1

How is the fan on the Deepcool GAMMAXX ? Is it silent ?

Also, do you like the tint of the tempered glass or it would have looked better with a clear one ?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you I appreciate it! Its audible specially since its 120mm, but not annoying in my opinion depends how tolerant you are of noise. I used a headset so I don't hear it at all. Yessss I do love the tint on the Meshify C, but I think the clear glass on something like the define C is absolutely gorgeous and would look better if you want the inside to be visible as it is darkened.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I know where to keep my PC now! Thanks for the idea!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Please, you can test if Ai Suite III gives you exactly the same temperatures as HWinfo running at the same time with Prime 95, in my case with a Z370F always Ai Suite III measures me 10 degrees less in this test alone. I would appreciate it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Woop! Looks like your build has caught my eyes. Love every parts that you picked (Y)

Also, I'm wondering though. I'm planning to buy I7-8700K, this cpu cooler looks very nice compared to Quad Lumi. Do you think this CPU Cooler can handle I7-8700K? I'm not planning to OC anytime soon btw.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

gorgeous