In late 2017, I was released on Xmas eve from the hospital after suffering a Cerebral Vein Thrombosis (CVT) – essentially a clot in the back middle of my brain. Stuck in the hospital for over a week I entertained myself by watching youtube tech channels and making pcpartpicker lists to pass the time. My first Aorus build after recouping was a mid-tier mATX system in early-2018 and the second was this high-tier late-2018 build (a birthday gift for myself).
For this build I wanted to focus on a high-tier build consisting of as many parts from one manufacturer as possible. The rest of my gaming battle station is slowly coming together with lighting and other components being added in weekly. I have all my old gaming consoles on the bottom left with the PS4 pro on top left and my all Aorus build on the top right. I have to add more shelves to the bottom right so I can add audio/video components and hook up the two floor speakers. Then possibly more RGB... cause it makes everything better.
• Aorus z370 Gaming 7-OP (with 32GB Intel Optane Memory)
• Aorus ATC700 cooler on delidded i7-8700K at 5GHz/1.32v
• Aorus 16GB DDR4-3200MHz (with 2xRGB Demo Modules)
• Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11GB Xtreme Edition
• Aorus NVMe 512GB - boot drive (swapped 970 evo)
• Aorus UDpro 512GB - game drive
• Seagate Barracuda Pro 4TB - storage drive (I know... it’s not an Aorus component)
• Aorus P80W 80+ Gold (swapped SeaSonic Prime Ultra 80+ Titanium)
• Aorus C300 Glass Case (swapped AC300W)
• Aorus stock OEM fans (6 total including 2 included in case)
• Aorus K9 Gaming Keyboard
• Aorus M5 Gaming Mouse
• Aorus AMP900 Extended Gaming Pad
• Aorus AGC300 Gaming Chair
• Aorus H5 Gaming Headset (not pictured)
What can I say... simply a great value for the performance I've been able to obtain. I had my 8700K up to 5GHz/1.35v but was concerned about thermal throttle on my ATC700 air cooler with temps at almost 90°C. I decided to delid using the der8auer Delid Die Mate 2 and was able to sustain a 5GHz/1.32v overclock with temps never exceeding 76°C.
Aorus ATC700 air cooler
der8auer Delid Die Mate 2
Great performing cooler, using on delidded 8700K with a 5GHz overclock.
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and Conductonaut pairing allowed me to get my temps down ~10°C from stock.
Helped me to get a stable 5GHz overclock on air cooler and keep temps well under max at full loads without risk of thermal throttling.
Purchased "Gaming 7-0P" variant with 32GB of optane memory for less than the cost of the standard Gaming 7 version.
Great memory kit, just wish I had held out a little longer as I have found the same kit on sale now for $169.
Great performing SSD, completes my all gigabyte build aesthetic.
Great performing NVMe and it fits within my all Aorus aesthetic. Only downside is that you will need a newer motherboard to take advantage of the RGB functionality on the heat spreader. I have a Gigabyte Aorus z370 Gaming 7-op and the RGB fusion sync is only compatible with z390 boards (and x299 as well). I plan on moving this NVMe into a new build using a newer Aorus motherboard later this year.
Great performing HDD, have three of these drives in different builds and they are all hard working drives.
Great card although the RGB Aorus logo on the backplate of the card has some issues staying fully lit up (after 6 months of use). Have a ticket in with Gigabyte to RMA the card to repair the issue.
Great case, easy to work in and cable management was fast and easy as there are many tie-down points in the back of the case as well as mounts for 2.5-inch SSDs. Basement had plenty of room to work with the PSU and supporting cables as well as sleds for multiple 3.5-inch HDDs. Improvements on the AC300W from last year include better front panel IO connections with an included USB-C front panel connector to the motherboard. The AC300W required an adapter to connect USB-C to the motherboard (sold separately).
Fantastic Power Supply, I have migrated this PSU through three builds now and the power efficiency, quality of the included cables and overall value of what you get is amazing. Coupled with a 12 year warranty, if you can pick this PSU up on sale for under $150 do it.
Had it laying around, using it, not hating it. Nothing special by today's standards, released in 2010 this display is a 2560x1440 IPS, 375 cd/m2, with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a 12 ms response time.
Great keyboard, purchased the "Red" edition and the build quality along with the lighting are all top notch. Keycaps are easy to customize and the keyboard is responsive and comfortable for everyday as well as heavy gaming use.
Very comfortable chair, ultimately adjustable in all the right areas. Build quality, back support and additional lumbar and neck pillow are equivalent to the quality of more expensive gaming chairs.
Easy to use, achieved 5GHz/1.32v overclock with temps never exceeding 76°C with an i7-8700K using an air cooler (ATC700). Using liquid metal between CPU die and IHS (Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut) and quality thermal paste between IHS and air cooler (Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut).
Comfortable headset, the sound and mic are great for gaming and casual music listening. The overall build quality is average but nothing too special. Then again for about $60 they are a great value for what you get. If you have an Aorus theme going with your build (like mine) or really like the aesthetic of this headset, get them... you won't be sorry. Otherwise there are other $50-60 gaming headsets out there with a similar sound and build quality.
Soft and comfortable large-format gaming pad. Easy to clean with just a damp cloth.