Description

Purpose: Video editing (him), photo editing (him), work (me), gaming (both of us)

I started this build off as a present for my husband (then fiancee) when he moved into our new home. We had recently gotten engaged and since he can't wear a band due to work, I would get him something he would truly enjoy on a daily basis. Turns out I can't keep a secret as well as I thought and having certain parts orders show up on your account is a dead giveaway :P. We ended up having a blast putting it all together and I'd say he's a happy camper.

I originally intended to make this a budget build and upgrade some of the components, like the monitor later. I realized it'd be easier to get an ultrawide for the sake of his productivity.. and blew the budget. It was very well worth it though, he is extremely satisfied with its performance.

Major shoutout to Ensourced Custom Cables, they do an absolutely incredible job and fixed our cable when we had an issue with it. And another shoutout to the Build A PC community on Reddit, they helped us through troubleshooting/reviewing our build from start to finish.

My rationale behind all of the parts chosen:

CPU: This was one of the biggest choices of this build, I wanted to get something for my husband that had plenty of processing power for his new hobbies of video editing and general post production stuff, and I just felt right getting an i7 for him.

CPU Cooler: Originally this was gonna be a Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3, but I never seemed to catch it while it was in stock (at a reasonable price), so I figured this would be good. He was wary of AIO water cooling for a while, but everything is so far so good.

MOBO: Got this mostly for the color scheme (black/silver/gray) and EVGA is a respectable company so I figured I didn't go wrong here. The temp LEDs on the board are handy too.

RAM: More is better, right? :P

Storage: I was told that you can't go wrong with an SSD and a hard drive, since the SSD is faster. More space for more games.

GPU: When the 1070 was first released, I snatched one up as soon as I could. I would have preferred to get him the EVGA 1070 FTW, but I was impatient. The card is great though, and the lights are pretty.

Case: I literally got this case because I thought it'd look pretty to build a computer in. I know that's basic rationale, but I love how sleek it looks.

PSU: Gotta have something to power it all.

Monitor: Very good, well rounded monitor. It has everything he could've asked for and we were both so shocked when it arrived. We knew it was big, but it truly does take your breath away when you see it in person.

Cables: These were a must on my end, I wanted to have a little premium touch added to the build, and these cables go so perfectly with the neutral color scheme.

If you all have any questions please feel free to ask. c:

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

me gusta

I would opt for dual intakes to create some positive pressure. That case as I have heard is not the best when it comes to dust intake.

  • 33 months ago
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Thank you for that tip!! Will definitely get to work on that.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! And that monitor price though.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

My wallet cried in retaliation, but thats what savings are for right??

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

This is couple goals.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build man! I love, love, love those cables! Where can I get the kind you got?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ensourced Custom Cables!! Check out the website, you can custom design your extensions with tons of patterns/color schemes (I got inspiration for mine from their instagram)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

When that monitor costs more than your entire build :P

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. So worth it though. :p

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but watch out with that Hue+ as there's some videos out there of it frying some peoples PCs

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Salazar Studio?

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

ikr

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the 2 you're referring to. The 2 YouTubers. They both actually made retraction videos as they found out that the Hue+ wasn't the issue. In both cases, they used a molex connector that wasn't meant for the installed PSU. That fried their Hue+ and their MB and components. I was wary as well until I saw the videos. EVGA and Gamer's Nexus conducted independent tests on them and found that it was the molex connection not the Hue that caused the issue. I purchased mine shortly after that announcement.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

what keyboard is that?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair Strafe RGB!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, sick build btw

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You may have dodged a bullet by not getting the EVGA video card. There are reports with pictures and video showing the EVGA 1070 and 1080 cards overheating and catching fire. I'm usually a big EVGA fan boy myself, but I couldn't get my hands on a (non-Founder's) one, so I got lucky and snagged an Asus STRIX OC 1080. (Thanks, now unstick com). I'm quite happy with it, and the fact it may have been luckier than I first realized. My 3-4 video cards before this one were all EVGA ones.

Very nice build, BTW.

I checked out http://www.ensourced.net/design-your-own-paracord-sleeved-extensions/ and I am going to have to look into those cables. Those prices seem really reasonable.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The Strix is SUCH a beautiful card, oh my god. I've heard all the recent stories about the EVGA cards, in a way I did dodge a bullet I suppose!

And thank you! Joey at Ensourced is the best, he takes such care and pride in his work and it SHOWS. So worth it.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! And yes, they are so incredible, the cables are flawless.