21 months ago
As my first build, I’m looking to get the best parts available for anywhere in between £2000-2200 (at a push)! I’m looking for something which will be able to achieve well above 60hz at 1080p (I realise I could probably do this at 1440p but I’d rather a smoother experience than a higher resolution. I also would like all of the rgb internals to be synced using asus’ aura software. I’ll attach the part list I have made below.
CPU - I’m split between the i7-7700k and the i7-8700k. I understand that due to most current games not taking advantage of more than 4 cores and with the higher clock rate on the i7700k may mean that’s better for gaming at the minute (debateably) but that long term, the coffee lake i7-8700k may be better. I’d hope the i7-7700k would be good enough for the next year or few, but that’s just me hoping to save a few hundred quid!
CPU Cooler - The auraflow 240 seemed the logical pick, with Asus aura sync available and being a far better “bang for buck” than the NZXT kraken coolers (as I was after a liquid cooling unit).
Mobo - Went with the Z370-F gaming as its £50 less than the Z370-E and really isn’t that different. Also the inclusion 2 5050 Rgb headers is great.
RAM - at £30ish less than the Corsair RGB ram modules, the Gskill trident z DDR4-3000 seemed a much better choice (I also personally think it looks better). Plus it is aura sync ready. The lighting syncs via the DIMM so that’s also a bonus.
Memory - Needed a reasonable HDD and SSD as I will be using the pc for technical work with high memory requirements.
GPU - Really like the look of palit’s Super JetStream cards, and the 1080 seemed a good match for me. I have read however that if I use the i7-8700k instead of the i7-7700k, my gpu will bottleneck my processor and I would be better off with a 1080ti (which I don’t really want to do). If anyone could shed some light on this it’d be much appreciated.
Case - I love the look of the aurora and the fact it’s aura sync capable really appeals to me. No external drive bays but I have a usb disk reader so installing my OS shouldn’t be a problem (I hope).
PSU - Was after something efficient and more than capable of powering my system, the CSM 750 should definitely do this.
Case fans - Originally wanted some Corsair fans, however they aren’t able to sync to asus' aura sync software and so instead I’ve gone for the cooler master fans. I have 2 rgb headers, I’m no sure how best to connect the liquid cooling and the 4 fans between these 2 headers, as I’m not sure what amperage the fans/liquid cooler uses and what amperage the mobo can put out. Or if I needed to use a rgb splitter, I don’t know which way would be best to do this. Again, advice on this would be gold dust.
Monitor - as I will be playing both multi and singleplayer games, I wanted to be able to run 1080p at over 100hz for a reasonable amount of time (I realise the more games are released the more taxing they will be on my gpu) - hence I went for the AOC G2770 which is a more than reasonable price.
Peripherals - I’m not that fussed about syncing my peripherals to Asus aura, I’d rather have the best available in my price range.
Mouse - Struggled with this, ended up going with the ROG Gladius II as I liked the look and its been well reviewed. Very open to suggestions on this.
Keyboard - As I was looking for a keyboard with mx brown switches, macro keys, dedicated media controls and usb pass through, the k95 ticked all the boxes. I’m also a massive fan of their rgb software. Would be open to other suggestions I guess.
Headset - Looking for virtual 7.1 with good sound quality and if possible (I’ve had Astro a50’s in the past which were tinny and not very good directionally - I’m selling these). I did originally look at the new Razer Tiamat v2’s with 10 speakers, but I don’t really want to have to buy good sound card - so a usb connected headset with a good built in card would be great. I ended up going with the new kraken 7.1 chroma v2’s (only the first kraken’s were available to be picked on here) as they’re very well reviewed and aesthetically pretty nice. Also looked at the SteelSeries Arctis 7 but not sure they would warrant the extra cost for me.
Any suggestions are appreciated, if I’ve missed something (which I wouldn’t be surprised at) feel free to put me right! Really appreciate anyone who takes the time to help in whatever way they can - I’ll hopefully be building this between Christmas and February.