First of all, I'd like to again thank all of the PCpartPicker.com community for helping me build my second computer better than the first.
A few years ago I built my first computer with the help of PCPP. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BMhqqs
My old rig was flawless for the two years that I used it. It had zero hiccups along the way. When someone offered me a great price for it, I ended up selling it.
With cash in hand I wanted to build another Lightroom/Photoshop rig that would be fast even in 2018 standards. But this build wasn't easy for me to pick all the components. Sure, I could have just picked some random top of the line products and that would be fine. But I was going for a certain look also. I wanted to essentially mirror my first build. White and black color scheme with no fluff. As clean and tidy as possible. Along with building it without any major modifications, since I'm still a novice at building computers.
I definitely spent more time planning this build than my last. Every part had to make sense. They all needed to match the theme as much as possible.
Parts I used and a brief explanation to why I went with these components.
CPU (Intel Core i7-7820X 3.6GHz Quad-Core) I heard rumors that the next iteration of Lightroom was going to have multi-core support so the perfect price/performance chip was the 7820X. At 8-cores/16-threads, I knew this CPU would last be for a while. It's currently overclocked to 4.6GHz with no sign of weakness or instability.
Case (Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 ATX Mid Tower) This was a tough, tough decision. Having built my first computer in the MasterCase PRO 5. I fell in love with the basement for the PSU and attic for the CPU radiator. Looking at numerous cases, this Maker 5 was the most logical choice. It's a pleasure to build in and it looks pretty nice also. The only downfall of this case was modifying the radiator bracket to fit a 280mm radiator inside it.
Motherboard (ASUS X299-E Gaming) This decision was easy. I wanted an X299 board that was black, reasonably priced and reliable. Well this ASUS board got the nod.
Memory (Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR4-2400) Ram was an easy choice. I had a few requirements. 64GB, black and 8 dimms so I could fill up all the slots on the X299 board. The Corsair came in the at a great price, so it was a clear winner.
Storage (Samsung 960 PRO 512GB M.2 SSD) I definitely wanted the fastest drive I could afford. So the 960 PRO was it. This drive doesn't need anymore introduction. It is smoking fast.
Video Card (Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB AMP Extreme) This was an interesting pick for sure. I had a few requirements for the video card; 1080Ti, white lights, air cooled. So I had my eye on the EVGA FTW3. But it wasn't readily available, and where is was available, it was $100 over retail. So I just picked the most reasonably prices 1080Ti I could find with all my wants. When installing this card, it sagged, bad. So I ended up using a bolt and nut under the far side of teh card and attached it to the case to hold this card up. You can see the bolt wrapped in heat shrink in some of the pictures.
Cooling (NZXT Kraken X62 Rev 2 Liquid Cooler) I knew I wanted a X62 because of the pump aesthetics. It's a gorgeous AIO cooler.
Power Supply (SeaSonic - PRIME Titanium Fully-Modular Power Supply) Power Supplies are easy. Tier 1, wattage you need, buy. So the SeaSonic Prime got the go. It's a damn good, if not one of the best PSU's on the market. So easy pickings.
Monitor (TCL 43" 4K TV) This was a tough, tough pick. I knew I wanted a larger 4K monitor. The Ultrawide from my last setup didn't have the height that I need when editing photos. This S405 from TCL got amazing reviews from http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/s-series-4k-2017-s405 So I gave it a try. I couldn't be happier. It's Snappy, accurate, bright, and most importantly, reasonably priced.
Pictures: All of my pictures were taken with a Nikon D610 DSLR, attached with a Sigma 85mm 1.4 ART or Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens. Unless I uploaded a few from my iPhone.
Misc Notes -The black cover on top of the basement is made from 1/8th inch black acrylic I bought from a local plastic supplier for $6. -The VGA holder was made with a stainless steel nut/bolt combo and wrapped in heat shrink. - I need to do something with Thermal take fans, I'm just not a fan of their stickers. Plus the led rings look meh.
Final Thoughts I thought my old OC'd 6700k/32GB/OC'd 980Ti/NVMe computer was blazing fast. Which it was... but this new rig has the horsepower to through anything I can at it and it doesn't skip a beat(frame), ever. Now that I have a daughter off to college, I'll have someone to put this computer through its paces with some games. Currently when she visiting home, she'll play a few games. So far every game we've loaded can be played at max settings @ 4k. I'm looking forward to the next few years to push this computer to it's limits.
FAST, lots of PCI lanes, and reasonably priced!
Best looking AIO on the market, hands-down.
ASUS reliability and packed with features!
So fast! Don't wait, just buy one.
Such a please to build in. Plus it looks great.
One of the best power supplies ever made.
Meh. The while line doesn't have a very consistent light output.
Cheap, MX Brown switches, RGB. Win.
I love how heavy this mouse it. Too bad it's corded.