WOW! Thank you so much for the Feature! All of your awesome builds were my inspiration!
This started as I was planning to upgrade my first workstation build I made in 2007, but I decided I would start a whole new build from scratch. I’m not a gamer myself, but my spouse is, so I thought this rig would be something that we would both enjoy, and maybe I would become a gamer too. I took me about 3 months until I got it completely done, doing research on the parts I wanted, reading lots of reviews and looking at other people’s awesome builds here at pcpartpicker as well as listening to suggestions of the fellow members of Computer Enthusiasts Master Race CEMR. The hardest parts to get was the GPU as I was literally hunting down for one for almost two months. I really don’t know about photography and I just used my phone’s camera, so please excuse my regular looking photos, also be aware that English is not my first language. Taking outdoors photos was not a pleasant experience, not only because of the Florida heat (90+) but also due to mosquitoes biting me and getting inside the case, LOL. I don’t know how to do reviews, but I’ll just make brief comments about some of the parts in the order I purchased them.
CPU This was the first component I got. At first I purchased a 6700, but then I learned that the 6700K was the one I should get if I wanted to overclock, so I returned the 6700 and purchased the unlocked one. I watched YouTube videos and read articles about overclocking but I was able to overclock it to 4.7GHz with 1.31v. Excellent performance.
CASE I honestly didn’t know about the Phanteks brand but I fell in love with it when I watched some video reviews. Had to preorder from Newegg at that time (06-07-16). This is the best looking case, build with great quality and plenty of space. I was new to cable management and that was the hardest part for me to do. Because of the glass panels, I had to make sure that it looked nice not only on front but also in the back. I liked the lighting system so I added 2 of the 2M LED strips and an adapter to connect it to the RGB headers on the ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha. Did I say this case is gorgeous? I love it!
MOTHERBOARD I didn’t have any favorite brand, but I chose this one because of the RGB headers. I think I should have gotten the Formula that has more USB ports, but then I got a 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express card so now I’m good.
PSU I chose EVGA because of the excellent warranty. At first I purchased the G2-1300 but then I changed it for the P2-1000 because of the ECO Mode feature that makes it very quiet. This is my first fully modular PSU and that helps a lot for cable management.
CPU COOLER I purchased the H115i, but I couldn’t get a proper fit inside the case (I was able to use only 2 screws to the right of the rad), the rest of the holes didn’t align to the ones on the case. I returned it and got the H100i and it fits perfectly and keep the CPU at great temps. I didn’t use the fans that come with it (I heard they are not really quiet).
CASE FANS I chose the Thermaltake RIING fans because of the RGB Lighting. I got three of the 3-Fan sets (1 set of 140mm, and 2 sets of 120mm). The rad is between a pair of 140mm fans and a pair of 120mm fans (push/pull). Three 120mm are mounted on top of the case (exhaust) and one 140mm fans is mounted in the back (exhaust). The RGB light controllers (3) are mounted the under the top of the case on top of the three exhaust fans. The only downside to these fans is that the lighting can’t be controlled with a software but only with the controllers provided; I have to take the top of the case off whenever I feel like changing the colors of the fan lighting.
MONITORS I got the LG 4K monitors on sale ($397 each, shipped and no tax from Adorama). They’re 60Hz but for the price I decided to go for them and I don’t regret it. They’re great.
GPU This was the hardest part to get. I chose the Strix over the other GTX-1080 variants because it’s one of the best looking ones, and also because it comes already overclocked and has two HDMI ports. I connected the monitors to the Display Ports, and my 47inch TV to one of the HDMI ports. I still have one HDMI port available for a VR headset in the future.
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