This Build has gone through many upgrades, what is currently listed on the parts list is what is currently installed in the PC. Below is my review of all the components.
The 8700k is great for gaming, it would push 165 fps flawlessly. There is also room for encoding and recording for the cpu as it sits mostly at 40 to 50% usage when running games. However, there are a few exceptions to this. Assassin's Creed Origins and the recent BF5 beta have much higher CPU usage than other games. In terms of OC my cpu is pretty much the worst in terms of binning. 5 Ghz requires 1.39 or more. I didn't even bother testing it. It is simply not worth it. In my opinion, 5 Ghz at even 1.3 is not worth it, dropping it to 1.25 would result in a 7-8 c drop. If you want your cpu to last set your voltage to 1.25 and try 4.9 ghz. This should work on the majority of 8700Ks. Some may even get 5 Gh.
The master liquid 240 at the time of purchase was absolutely the best value aio on the market. it runs relatively quite but is not as quite as big tower coolers. The cooling performance is similar to other 240 aios as they generally use Asetek pumps. However, some may have slightly better fans, if you are looking for the best fans it is best just to get the cheapest aio and replace the fans with Noctua fans. The most notable downside is the two-year warranty (one year shorter than Corsair and NZXT)
Z370 Aorus Gaming 5
I originally picked up this board in November. It had everything I need and was on sale. However after installing my pc, I got extremely frustrated with the BIOS as it is much worse than asus or asrock bios. I decided to return it
Z370 Aorus Gaming 7
Upon returning my previous motherboard, I realized that the local center that I returned my old motherboard at did not have any asus z370 motherboards in stock. I, however, did find a Z370 aorus gaming 7 (retailing for 250 on Amazon and Newegg at the time). I reconsidered and decided to spend a good hour and two to learn the bios and gave gigabyte another chance. However, I would not recommend this motherboard as gigabyte z370 motherboards is a hit or miss in terms of vrm temps. Some gaming 5 and 7 users have reported high temps due to a bad thermal pad application. In addition, Gigabyte has an inferior bio (in my opinion) than other vendors. For example, LLC levs have weird names like normal, high, turbo, extreme instead of lev 1,2,3,4 etc. The gaming 7 also does not come with a wireless wifi adapter, unlike other similarly priced motherboards. The only reason I pick up this board is the price.
Nothing much. the two sticks running in dual channel was able to be OCed to 3000 mhz @ 17 18 17 49
With 3 sticks of ram I can only run at 2666 @ 16 17 16 46
WD Blue 1TB
Died due to my PSU( will elaborate at PSU section) 1TB is plenty of space for 2018-19 however, games are progressively getting bigger so 2TB might be more future proof. Unless you are a content creater, 1 TB is more than enough.
Sandisk X110 128 GB
Nothing Special. 400mb/s read 250 mb/s write. It is a good budget ssd and is currently my boot drive
Samsung 860 Evg 500 GB
Great SSD for any high-end machine 500 mb/s read write.
EVGA GTX 1060 3 GB SC
I pick up this GPU in November as at the time I didn't have a good monitor. It was 900p 60hz, any better GPU would be overkill. This card is mostly one to pass the time until I can upgrade my monitor. After picking up a 1440p 165hz moniter, I really did not feel it is absolutely nessary to pick up a higher end GPU. The 1060 3GB is usually able to push 110+ fps at 1440p at low to medium settings in most games. This, of course, excludes games like far cry 5 and assassins creed origins. What really drove me to upgrade was truely the fan. The 1 Fan cooler is at best a bit loud. With and Overclock or even an increased power limit, the card would reach 80C unless I set a custom fan curve. The fan at 70-80% has a high pitched noise, at 100% it is essencially a jet engine.
EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW DT
I picked my 1080 Ti one week after the turing revel in August, the performance is truly underwhelming, TBH, I was really considering picking up a 2080 Ti even if it is 800-899 but seeing the 1200 fe price and 1300 AIB price, I reconsidered. I found a 1080 Ti at 670 USD and thought it was a pretty fair price. On to the card now, the ICX cooler is great. There is no need to turn the fan speed past 80% as that kept the card at around 70C while staying relatively quiet. However, it needs to be stated that 100% fan speed is still loud. My main problem with this card is that 2 of the 3 fans are unable to be controlled by ab and is only controllable by Precision X. The precision X software is simply worse than msi ab in terms of the UI but my biggest problem with it is the OSD which I could never get working.
This case is great to build in. Cable management is easy. Removeable PSU shround is really useful for cleaning the PSU. I broke my side panel a bit after build my pc. I contacted NZXT and they shipped one to my door at no charge. Props to them for making greak cases and having amazing customer support
Corsair CX 650m Bronze
Good PSU, relatively quiet
EVGA 850 GQ Gold
I got this PSU when I picked up my 1080 Ti, the first PSU I got blew up my hard drive when I tried to boot up the PC. I returned it and got another