Description

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 Me​mory)

• 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)

My pcpartpicker listing

Part Reviews

CPU

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

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RNgzK8/gigabyte-aorus-atc700-530-cfm-cpu-cooler-gp-atc700

der8auer Delid Die Mate 2

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Wm648d/der8auer-delid-die-mate-2-cpu-ihs-heatsink-removal-tool

CPU Cooler

Great performing cooler, using on delidded 8700K with a 5GHz overclock.

Thermal Compound

Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and Conductonaut pairing allowed me to get my temps down ~10°C from stock.

Thermal Compound

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.

Motherboard

Purchased "Gaming 7-0P" variant with 32GB of optane memory for less than the cost of the standard Gaming 7 version.

Memory

Great memory kit, just wish I had held out a little longer as I have found the same kit on sale now for $169.

Storage

Great performing SSD, completes my all gigabyte build aesthetic.

Storage

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.

Storage

Great performing HDD, have three of these drives in different builds and they are all hard working drives.

Video Card

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.

Case

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).

Power Supply

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.

Monitor

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.

Keyboard

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.

Custom

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.

Custom

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).

Custom

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.

Custom

Soft and comfortable large-format gaming pad. Easy to clean with just a damp cloth.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow! Love the brand consistency

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks - tried to keep it all on brand. Possibly going to put a bit more into external lighting and additional Aorus branding.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

How are those fans treating u? I was thinking about getting em.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I have them and they are great. Very quiet.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ended up using the Thermaltake ring plus 12 fans in another build after all. All fans in this build are stock Aorus.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

this is new...

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Just got around to building the desk, shelves and mounting the TV in March. Prior to that the Aorus system and display were on a small Ikea desk with the Aorus chair – wasn't much to look at and it looked a bit off.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Gigabyte would be proud...awesome look!

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Gorgeous. So gorgeous that I can smell something...what could that be? A feature? Ah yes a feature! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Hopefully you have better luck with the RGB fusion software than I've had. Looks amazing though.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Same. It minimizes my games sometimes while I'm playing. It only happens when I'm playing cs:go for some reason. I know its the RGB because the RGB is solid, it will blink, then my game minimizes. Rarely, it will sometimes even close it. I don't stream or play competitive, so i don't care too much, but its really annoying. Not to mention that it isn't customizable. I won't be using them again.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the AORUS 2080TI, and an X470 AORUS board, can confirm its premium ****

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Want that 2080TI soooo bad. Maybe in my next build. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Vkhvr6

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It is an absolute unit.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

For some reason I smell a feature

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I SMELL A FEATURE!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The Aorus gods disapprove of your non-enlightened Monitor choice.

+1 <3

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I know... I really want that Aorus 27” but I need to give my bank account a rest. Had an Apple 27” IPS 1440p laying around so I’m using it for the time being.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Just messing, the Aorus Monitor does look good tho

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

interesting setup-pc... why you choose 2go all Gigabyte? ...why not Asrock, asus or Msi..? i mean..you are a developer at Aorus? ^

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Good question... wanted to go completely all-in on one brand. Have owned EVGA, MSI, Asus ROG and Gigabyte components in the past but it wasn’t until this year when I could purchase every single component for a build from one brand. Even replaced my PSU and NVMe with Gigabyte Aorus versions this past month.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I see your also a Sony fan boy

A+ for the OG ps3

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Have all the OG playstations on the left hand side - from bottom to top PS1, PS2, PS3, & PS4 pro.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah true

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

my first one was a ps2 slim

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing. Didn't know that it was possible to make an ALL one brand build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn't easy until about 2017... now more and more brands are diversifying with other system components. On the lookout for other brands like Asus ROG to be doing the same. Maybe a future build will be an all ROG build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

call them for a reward

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure they have similar build's in their HQ - just wanted one that I could call my own.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah this build is stunning, Awesome job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I have nothing to add, but great clean space set up. All you need a now is a nice floor mat by Florpad!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion - reached out to florpad to ask if they offer custom options - gotta stick with the Aorus theme.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This PC is amazing the way its built I Honestly love the way you kept it all on one brand and the upgradabilty it has so good job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks – tried to keep it clean and simple.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Only missing the Aorus monitor. Nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

so whats your adress? XD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Someplace, somewhere.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Really, no Aorus desktop background? What is that Lion? Anyway, Im digging the Aorus/Narnia theme.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I know - totally missed opportunity... thought of it after I had already taken all the photos. I will set up the lighting and take a few more picts once everything is finished next week and remember to use an official Aorus background this time.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

you're welcome

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that eagle on all the components. I made a similar part list comprising of all Gigabyte products. It is saved to my profile as Aorus Eagle Theme Build. You can check it out.

PS: I bet this will be featured

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Have the K7 and M3 but never seen the gigabyte headset and speakers you had picked out (nice selection). Good luck with the build if you plan on going through with it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, I don't really like the headset. That might be the one thing i will leave out on, if I ever build it. Thanks for the compliment!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I might also downgrade a bit with the CPU and the GPU. Let's wait till I get a job lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

MIGHTY EAGLE!!!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Im more impressed with the ps collection lol. Great build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just never tossed out my childhood when I grew up. Stay young, play games!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup. PS is better than xbox! :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I truly disagree with you on this one Xbox is way better in so many ways

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that’s the benefit of PC gaming and having all the PS consoles. I have all the PS consoles for the PS exclusives and for the non-exclusive games I get them all on PC - best of both worlds. Not opposed to Xbox, just a duplication of resources for me.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

How is the airflow in this case, and how does it connect to the MB for the RGB?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Case airflow is good - there is a good sized gap at the bottom of the front of the case for intake along with an included air filter. I have three 120mm case fans at the front as intakes and three 120mm case fans at the top along with one 120mm case fan at the rear for exhaust (all Aorus OEM case fans). Never hit over 76-78 degrees on any of the cores under load and at idle I am usually at 26-28 degrees. But then again I delidded the CPU since I am on an air cooler in order to keep the temps well managed. I could probably get the temps down further with some nicer PWM case fans but I wanted to keep as much of this build using Aorus parts.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, love this board... I was also looking for a Gigabyte Aorus/Aorus Xtreme 1080Ti but ended up with a Strix 1080 instead, wanted to keep the board and card at least Gigabyte but didn't pan out... of course it would have been nice to wait for the OP model but I was ready to build and they hadn't released it yet for a few months.

Did you have issues with the board and card not fitting together properly?? that's one of the issues many complained about this combo... I'm guessing they probably fixed it by now.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - this build was fun and easy to put together. Over the last 10 years I have built just over half a dozen systems and this one is my favorite. No problems getting the board and card fitting though I did build a small GPU support on my case for the massive 1080ti Xtreme whose weight was causing serious sag on the PCIe port.

The only fit that required a little adjusting was the ATC700 cooler. With the use of the Aorus RAM modules the cooler had no clearance to fit but I adjusted the cooler’s fan placement by about ¼” and was able to get everything in albeit a bit snug.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Great build dude!

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i sense a feature. +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks but PcPartPicker won't feature it because its not "unique" enough. Though I have definitely seen my share of run-of-the-mill builds featured in the past. Oh well, maybe next time!