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This was my first build in more than 15 years and I have to say it was a lot of fun to get back into the world of PCs (we're an otherwise 100% Apple household). My son is a huge fan of Fortnite and I wanted to build him a monster rig for his birthday and thought I could use the excuse to teach him a little bit about computers at the same time.

I started my research back in August 2018. And boy oh boy, has the world of gaming PCs changed since 2003! I literally watched hundreds of YouTube videos (Bitwit, GamersNexus, Hardware Unboxed, HardwareCanucks, JayzTwoCents, Joker Productions, Linus Tech Tips, Optimum Tech, Paul's Hardware, PC Centric, randomfrankp, and TechSource) and looked at dozens of builds on PCPartPicker in order to handpick every single component.

As a longtime Apple fanboy, design and aesthetics are very important to me, so I was looking to build something Apple-like where I could get all the main components (case, cooling, motherboard, and power supply) from a single company. I was very impressed with what NZXT had to offer and I eventually landed on the NZXT H700i (White) case, NZXT N7 Z370 (White) motherboard, NZXT Kraken X72 CPU cooler, NZXT Aer RGB fans, and NZXT E850 power supply.

Armed with a solid base, I then started looking at video cards. I read a lot of great things about EVGA products and their customer service so picking a brand was pretty easy. However, I debated for a long time between getting a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a GeForce RTX 2080, or a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Ultimately, due to the lack of data on ray tracing and the extremely high prices of the 2080 cards, I decided to go with the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming as a bridge until the next generation of Nvidia cards comes out.

I then turned my attention to the monitor. I first looked at 27-inch G-Sync monitors (Acer Predator XB271HU 27" 144Hz IPS, AOC AG271QG 27-Inch 165Hz IPS, ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q 27" 165Hz IPS, and ViewSonic XG2703-GS 27" 165Hz IPS). But I was also intrigued by 34" ultrawide (21:9) monitors. I considered the Acer Predator X34 (UM.CX0AA.P01) and the Asus ROG Swift (PG348Q) before landing on the Alienware AW3418DW 34" 120Hz IPS and I have to say it is an absolute beauty. You haven't lived until you've played games on a 34-inch curved monitor!

After I had all the main components nailed down, I went on to pick memory, storage, keyboard, mouse, headphones, and speakers, again going for top performance and that cohesive look. Add to that an Arozzi gaming desk and gaming chair, the obligatory Ikea ALEX drawer unit, and some Nanoleaf light panels, and I think we ended up with a pretty cool setup.

The building process itself went pretty well despite me being a little rusty. By the way, absolutely, positively use a magnetic screwdriver to install the motherboard and wear protective gloves when installing the IO panel. I've learned my lesson the hard way!

All in all, I'm really happy with how the build turned out and it was definitely a fun learning experience to build it with my son (the swearing was minimal!). It's probably the most expensive Fortnite rig in the world but I'm sure we'll eventually expand our gaming horizons to take full advantage of what this beast has to offer!

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  • 18 months ago
  • 13 points

I want to be your son

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

;-)

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

OMG

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

I hope you get a feature! Big fan of brand matching, and the description was really nice +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice and i think ninja's would be more expensive he has that 49 inch samsung monitor

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

That makes me feel a little less guilty! ;-)

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

His primary monitor is the 24" 240hz, though

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

That is a nice setup!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, love the clean streamlined setup. True wow factor!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm trying to build a pc like this for streaming fortnite, can you ask him how the fps rates are? I wish my dad was like you. I asked him what he thinks a cpu is and he said the whole the central power unit by which he meant the power supply... However, he is spotting half of my budget. I do really like all the RGB and Aesthetics. Really good set-up.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback! Fortnite on Epic graphics runs at about 90 FPS (average) on our ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor. Your dad sounds like a great guy. Take this opportunity to teach him about PCs. I’m sure you two will have fun!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Only 90 FPS? I have a gtx 1070 and get 120ish on an ultrawide on max graphics on most games, including fortnite. that's weird.

other than that, great build, nice to see the father-son experience went well.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a simple “guesstimate”, not based on actual scientific testing. In Fortnite, it consistently falls somewhere between 85 and 110 fps depending on what’s on the screen.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see, okay, thanks

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be some weird compatibility bottleneck, but I can't really think of anything. If the products say you can overclock them, maybe you should? The idea of overclocking that beast puts a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. If you don't know how there are a couple of tutorials on youtube. Really beautiful build, wish my dad was as cool as you. Thanks for helping to pass on the knowledge for the next generation of PC builders and users. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Great, clean setup

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice we are alike if you see my built it's really similar we have similar case except mines without the RGB i added my own RGB lights but still got the H700, and same processor, and funny we got same monitor except i also got the 31.5 curved 144HZ monitor as a second, instead of AIO I ended up getting the noctua premium air cooler, hows your temps?

I also ended up getting the RTX 2080 Ti instead of the GTX 1080 ti

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Really like how you routed the cable from the Kraken cooler.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was inspired by this build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/mdMZxr

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

We have interestingly similar builds, and build styles. Great job.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet your son is very happy with his awesome new rig! your research payed off!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

It bothers me that this will be used to play fortnite, otherwise great build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

From who did you order the cables, they look really thin, they should be thick and tight, they look kinda poorly done

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

CableMod. I was expecting the cables to be a little thicker too but that’s what I got.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Man return that ********, honestly paying above 50$ for that is a scam, thise cables look thinner than my grandmas spaghetti, they are not even color tied evenly, buy Ensoursed cables or from other company

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Those Ensourced cables do look great. Thanks for the tip!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I finally bought new custom cables from Ensourced. They look 100 times better than the old CableMod cables in the pictures!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How difficult was it to install that Kraken x72 in this case. I'm thinking about getting both.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Installation is a breeze (and it was my first build in more than 15 years).

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cooler and case to this date?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving it! Absolutely no complaints.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks! I'm going to pick this case up. Appreciate your time.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you connect the RGB Fans and the strips on the case? Did you get a HUE+?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3 RGB fans are connected to the smart device built into the H700i case (which is like a HUE+/GRID+ hybrid). The strips are connected to the LED1 connector on the motherboard.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

what did you connect to internal usb hub? I am getting similar build but i want Kraken to be connected on motherboard, so front panel and what else? Smart device?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Only the Kraken X72 (mini-USB cable) and E850 power supply (mini-USB cable) are connected to the internal USB hub.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks. Just one more thing, does smart device need to be connected to motherboard?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The Smart Device connects to the motherboard via a single internal USB 2.0 connector.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I'm also in doubt about getting the Kraken X72 and I too have a H700i case. How is the front mount of the radiator impacting your temperatures? Since it uses up all the slots on the front for air-input? Would love to hear from you!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The radiator is sandwiched between the stock case fans and the Kraken X72's fans (they're all set at 50% fixed). I've got 3 Aer RGB 140 exhaust fans at the top and rear that are set at 25%. CPU temps vary between 24C and 64C and GPU temps between 25C and 76C. Not sure if that answers your question.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! One question - the RAM stick you choose F4-3600C18D-16GTZRX is listed on NewEgg to work better with AMD. Do you think that's an issue? Did you get it up 3600 or 3200? I only ask because I bought the same one with an Intel i7-9700 and I'm worried I made a huge mistake

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get it to run at 3600 (it would crash constantly). It seems to be pretty stable at 3200 though. However, I would pick different RAM if I were to do it all again. My recommendation: get different RAM if you can.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

wallpaper link?

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard looks great and does the job for me although it is a little bit dated so you should look at the new NZXT N7 Z390 for the latest and greatest features.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What's wrong with Apple?

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the XR is terrible, which is why it's not selling well at all, I read they're bringing back the X into production lmao. Just sad

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  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! He’s still hooked on Fortnite for now but I make up for it by playing some CS:GO and Battlefield V!