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Edit: Featured build?! Wow! Thank you for all the positive feedback. It was this very community that inspired me to put this build together. I certainly never dreamt of making the front page! Happy building!

Edit: A lot of components have changed over the course of the months subsequent to the original build. The first few photos are recent and reflect these changes. The last few photos are older and do not.

Seven months ago, I set out to build the best gaming computer that fit my budget at the time. I made something that I was quite proud of, and learned a ton along the way. Well, I've recently got a new job, and I wanted to splurge a bit. That turned into splurging a lot. Now I'm broke.

I wanted to overclock all the things, and my processor was just getting too hot! So I purchased the Kraken X62 AIO. It's cool (pun intended), but the CAM software was written by a four-year-old, and that might be an insult to young coders.

Now that all the things were overclocked and not on fire, I wanted more eye candy. So I purchased the Predator x34 (holy crap it's huge) and I've been super happy with it. It did need a desk mount, though, cause the stand was just unbearably large. So I purchased a desk mount (which by the way, I'd totally recommend. It's cheap and it's really sturdy!)

Unfortunately, my GTX 1070 couldn't run AAA titles on the Predator x34 at 100 FPS (to match it's native refresh rate). Well darn, I'll have to buy a GTX 1080 ti. Bummer.

So I purchased the Asus Strix GTX 1080 ti. Holy crap that's huge too. Sure looks pretty though. And now I can run all my favorite games on 1440p ultrawide at 100 FPS. Hurrah!

tl;dr - I spent more money and now I'm broke but I regret nothing

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked to 4.6 GHz with ease (needs good cooling to do it though). Two months after purchasing this, the i7-7700k came out at nearly the exact same price. Bummer. I still regret nothing. This thing does everything I want it to and more.

CPU Cooler

As a cooler, it works great. As eye candy, it looks great. The software should be run through a tree shredder. Shame that's not possible. -1 star for the software alone.

Motherboard

Previous motherboard failed me after only 6 months of use (it was an MSI board) :( But this one is serving me just perfectly! No issues once I played around in BIOS for a while. Looks amazing with the Strix 1080 ti, but honestly what doesn't!

Memory

It's RAM.

Note: doesn't hit a stable 3200. Might be my motherboard though.

Storage

Nothing wrong with it. It's fast. I have all my games and many applications on it, but I keep my Windows OS on a separate SATA SSD. I don't have a ton to say about it - I can't tell any difference between my SATA SSD and this M.2 SSD, since I really only use it for gaming and light applications, but I'm sure someone that does a lot of video editing (or handles any large files for that matter) could probably benefit from the additional speed.

Storage

This was my first non-mechanical drive, so needless to say, I'm blown away.

Video Card

The motherload! Finally I got the best card on the market. This thing blows through ultrawide 1440p gaming, even at 100 FPS!

Case

Such an incredible price for an incredible case. Really have nothing but good to say about it. The tempered glass looks great, the fan intakes in the front are AMAZING, and it was genuinely a pleasure to build in it.

Power Supply

Awesome PSU. The fan hasn't come on even once, even while gaming (it does work, though, I tested that to be sure). Silent, modular, stable. Really really love this!

Operating System

It's the Windows.

Monitor

Holy mother. This monitor is something else. Please do yourself a favor and don't cheap out on the monitor. It's the one piece of equipment that you'll be staring at the most. This thing is just unbelievable!

The stand is about as massive as the price tag, so you may want to factor in the cost of a desk/wall mounting solution if you're looking into this. I found one for cheap that I'm absolutely thrilled with.

Monitor

Works as an awesome secondary. Some people say having one ultrawide is good enough to replace a secondary. They're wrong. Get two ultrawides and everything will be just fine.

Keyboard

Awesome keyboard. It's my first mechanical so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Now not only do I look like a pro, I sound like a pro when these key switches wake up my neighbors at 2am. (exaggerating, but only slightly) I suggest purchasing the K90. I didn't think I'd need the extra programmable keys, but now I wish I had them. And it's really not THAT much more expensive.

Mouse

Never thought I'd need 12 keys for my thumb to control. Now I wish I had more. Really happy with this mouse, it works awesome!

Custom

10/10 highly recommend. I was worried about the cheap price (it was $23 before shipping) but now I can't imagine why it was that inexpensive. It's holding my Predator x34 ultrawide without any trouble. If I can trust this with my $1300 monitor, you should trust it, too!

Custom

They move the power from here to there, and they look damned fine doing it.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 19 points

"I spent more money and now I'm broke but I regret nothing"

PRICELESS comment!! (pun intended)

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Glad ya enjoyed the read :) I try to keep things lighthearted; makes it more fun for everyone!

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Sweet build. How do two ultrawide monitors work? I have seen multi monitor setups before but not with ultrawides.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

I like it! I think it might be better to have an ultrawide as a main and a similarly tall 16:9 monitor as a secondary. There is no real need for an ultrawide secondary - but I already had it purchased so hey, why not! :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome Build Bro Hope You Enjoy it. :) Question what's The Wallpaper Your Using On Your Monitors?.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey thanks! The wallpaper image was found by searching Google for wallpapers with the size set to exactly 3440x1440 and the color set to teal. The clock is from a Steam purchase called "Wallpaper Engine," which has some really great interactive wallpaper options. Here's a link directly to the image: [URL REMOVED]

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks Bro. :) Hope You Enjoy Your Build May Your Frames Be High and Temps Be Low.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

In case others are wondering, here's the link. Happy building!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the monitor setup, love the pc, love the red and purple. Awesome build, money well spent I hope!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This should last me years to come, and in that case, it's definitely money well spent. Cheers!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I thought the title was about getting licensed (pro) drivers for your consumer gpu, lol.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah! Something I'd not thought about. The titles a joke on my first iteration of the build, "Student Driver."

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought from the title you got the money from driving around a cab xD

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, that made me laugh :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

My CAM software has caused so many issues with my PC, its layed out nice, looks good, but its functionality and usability is unbearable.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed :/. It has potential, but it's like eating uncooked food - it needs more time.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

it does, but it just has so many performance issues

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing setup! Congrats on the feature, you deserve it! :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! This was the site I used to visit to dream about a build like this. It was all the builds I got to witness that inspired me to make one of my own. I sure never even dreamt about making front page!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn nice build and setup! Though I feel you could have gotten better value with a R7 1700X.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! I know little about AMD, but I do hear quite often that they are better price to performance! Intel is expensive, but I've always used Intel, and decided to stay within my comfort zone. Perhaps someday I'll explore a little!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Your GPU costs more than my 7600K build. +1 for the out of this world theme!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I originally went for a red build, but by accident one day fell in love with a the blue/purple theme. I think it all turned out way better than I could have planned for.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

You must play at an insanely high sensitivity with that tiny mouse pad and a huge widescreen like that! Anyways, awesome build and congrats on getting featured.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

:) Perhaps in a paycheck or two I'll buy a larger mouse pad. This one I picked up for a few bucks from an electronic store, and just kinda stuck with it. And thank you! I never thought I'd make a featured build. It really is quite heartwarming!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome setup. You got to love the NZXT Kraken X62.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! It's a great cooler, and really adds an aesthetic feature that nothing else can. I'm pretty happy with it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

The monitor truly makes this build!! Gorgeous!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It truly is something to behold! An eye-catching centerpiece to say the least.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your build and your sense of humor! Congrats on the feature!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It helps me cope with my empty wallet. I sure never dreamt about being featured, it's truly awesome! Cheers

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Same happened to me. After I built my first PC last year I got featured (probably just because of the RGB lights) and I was blown away by the response. I have the same CPU and same GPU as you btw (I haven't updated the build page to account for the Strix 1080 ti but I may post an update on my build later).

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Wonderful build :) Could I see some photos of ingame with the ultrawide? I'm still steps away from going ultrawide myself as my desk can't fit more than the three monitors I already use, but I'm curious as to how it plays - I read earlier that not all games support ultrawide and mess up the ui or stretch out the picture - how does this play out for you? :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Ultrawide is like nothing I've experienced before. I strongly believe that once you go ultrawide, you'll never go back. It just looks too darn good! Gaming on this monitor has been no problem to me. The games I play (Withcer 3, GTA V, Ori and the Blind Forest, multiple first-person shooters, ect.) all run perfectly on ultrawide monitors, with no stretching or letterboxing. In fact, I've yet to play a game that doesn't support 21:9! I know they're out there, but I just don't own one. As a side note, cut scenes in these games are all done in 16:9 aspect ratio, so you'll get letterboxing during cut scenes (it's really not a big deal). If a game doesn't natively support 21:9, it will likely run with letterboxing on the sides, and if you really have to, you could play in borderless window mode and manually select a 16:9 resolution. As for productivity, you can have a bunch of windows open simultaneous, which can be really great for multitasking. Here's a link to some pictures of the monitor with different programs and websites open. Thanks for dropping by! Don't hesitate to ask about anything else.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the pictures and feedback. It's some time since I bought my monitors and read about the sometimes troublesome support for ultra wide - and most games I've played in super-ultra wide spanning all my 3 16:9 monitors has been extremely stretched towards the edges, ui elements not placed well etc. - but I guess with 21:9 (which is a lot closer to 16:9 than 54:9 should be easier to make right and is likely already supported in most titles. Letterboxing is not at all an issue, as basicly it just lowers the picture back to a 16:9 which with a standard monitor is what you'd have anyway.. :) Problem for me will likely be that I'd want three of these spanning my desk.. as once I went tripple monitor I dont see myself going back from that either, same with high hz.. 120 is likely the least I'd want.. not sure if one can do 120/144hz over three monitors of 1440 res with a single card as of yet.. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Beauty build!

I have been avoiding the Kraken X62 because of all of the bad reviews of the CAM software. Hopefully they rework it soon. That monitor is something!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Aye. I know a lot of builders that avoid it like the plague. The software really is just as bad as everyone claims it to be. That being said, it does work (mostly), so I don't have any ongoing issues with it. But getting everything setup was a pain, and I do occasionally come across very annoying software design flaws or straight up bugs. Hopefully NZXT will get their stuff together and improve CAM greatly over the next months. As for the monitor, it's just perfect. I'm really happy with it, and although the price tag was something scary, I'm really glad I didn't settle for less! Thanks for dropping by!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

AWESOME BUILD

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

tl;dr - I spent more money and now I'm broke but I regret nothing

but I regret nothing

PC building done right!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen to that. No regrets club!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I can't wait to build my first pc.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It's really an experience like no other. Being able to build something that you're going to use everyday for the next years - it's really incredible. Good luck!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I can't wait to experience that same feeling you felt.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job enjoy your build

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that an S340 elite? Nice clean build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not, but that's a really nice case too! I think sometime soon I'd like the get a tempered glass case; they look really nice.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh the NZXT symbol was on the radiator. Now I understand...

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man! Congrats on being featured too! I was thinking about liquid cooling in my pc but idk which to get. I see NZXT a lot.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I never imagined being featured on this website, I'm honored. NZXT is popular for liquid cooling AIOs; so is Corsair. In the end, just buy stuff from Amazon or another highly trusted retailer. They have wicked lean return policies, so if you really don't like what you get you can always return it. I don't know how many items I've returned on Amazon, but it's a lot :) Have fun!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks man! Have fun with your PC!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I would love to build something like this one day. I have been thinking about building my own pc for the first time but honestly do not know where to start. Awesome build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This is where I started. I drooled over other people's builds, left comments, got advice, that sorta thing. I also spent a lot of time on YouTube watching tech channels like Linus Tech Tips, JayzTwoCents, Paul's Hardware, ect. Then it's just down to throwing together pieces on this website and revising the list a million times :P. Good luck! Have fun!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice colors, reminds me of my own rig. Congrats on the feature! +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I checked out your build. Very similar color scheme!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Spends 3700 dollars on a very awesome and loaded system. Spends 3 dollars on a 2" x 2" mouse pad.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

We all have our priorities :) And the size of the mouse pad has never given me issues. I'm used to a high sensitivity. Someday I'll go and buy some cool RGB one :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured you used high sensitivity and along with all those buttons you are set. I just had to to make the joke. you know how it is. Nice build man, I'm jealous of your disposable income.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build. I like the background lighting for your monitor, never thought about doing that until now. Also nice monitor wallpaper

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Backlighting is a great way to add to any build, and it's super cheap. That RGP LED strip only cost $18 after shipping!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and setup, seems pretty lit. +1 :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

RGP makes the system run 25% faster!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course, but it it noticeable?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Your camera takes good closeups, what is it called?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I took the pictures with my phone actually :) It's the Samsung Galaxy s7.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow, lol

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

These pictures are amazing

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. The first few are recent and I took them with a nice camera. The rest are older and I took them with my phone.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, great look, great name.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It should serve its purpose for many years to come.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

and then some! :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you to change the ring color of your x62 kraken? If you do, did you plug in the usb cable from the kraken to the motherboard? What software do you use to do it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! You can control the lighting on the ring and on the logo. It does plug into a USB header on the motherboard, and is controlled via the CAM software by NZXT. It's a nice looking cooler, that's for sure!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the colors.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It was by accident that I ended up with a purple, red and blue theme. I showed my brother a picture of it and he really like it, so I just rolled with it. Cheers!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

that 25" monitor looks like a dwarf next to the 34"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It's totally dwarfed! I think it would be a good idea to use a 16:9 monitor as a secondary, especially a 27'' one, that way the heights would be similar, as seen here. Cheers!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

posted dis coz my ocd was triggered not having same sized monitors

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel ya. I can't afford another monitor, so I gotta use the small one for now.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Each review is short and sweet. Love it! :) Love the build too!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How are those TT Riing fans? Are you running them through Asus Aura?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. those are the Riing Plus 14 RGB Premium Edition 140mm fans (5 pack). They have their own dedicated hardware control box that the fans connect to so that the TT software doesn't have to be running. They aren't connected through Asus Aura. They are really amazing. Very quiet, and look awesome. Anything but cheap though. I bought them for around 170 USD.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome build!!! 1+! amazing setup! can you send me link to the 3400x1400 background?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The image is from a site called desktopbackgrounds.org. Here's a link to the image. Cheers!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much!!! congrats on the feature!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Please do not use link shorteners on our site. If you'd like to shorten a link on PCPartPicker, place the text you'd like others to read in brackets and the URL in parentheses, like so:

[Link to a page](http://www.pcpartpicker.com)

which will result in:

Link to a page

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is that not good to do? I just saw this and wondered why it is bad to shorten links that way. Please reply. I actually want to know.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I assume it has to do with people linking to malicious and/or inappropriate websites. Shame that the few ruin it for the masses!

Edit: Yeah, it's right off of their User Code of Conduct page: "No Link Shorteners."

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a GTX 1070 that ran all the games I played on my 2560x1080 monitor just fine, but it wouldn't be able to pull 144 Hz on more demanding titles (like Witcher 3, ultra graphics, for example). I think for first-person shooters it would be fine. You should check out some YouTube videos on the topic. That's how I made my decision. Look up your favorite titles with that resolution on a 1070 and see if it'll work for your needs. Happy gaming! Best luck.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok

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