I’ve finally got around to making a post about my current gaming PC. I built this PC towards the end of November 2017. The whole reason for the upgrade wasn’t because my previous PC was horrible for gaming (it was really still decent for 1080p 60 fps). I just needed a lot more power for two different reasons. The first reason being I had started a VHS to DVD business. With my old system it would take a long time to render the videos after I had finished editing and improving the quality and color as well as a few other things. The 2nd reason for the upgrade was I was getting back into streaming on Twitch and using a single system for gaming and streaming isn’t ideal, it can easily be done with the right system while not giving up any quality of the game settings, or the Twitch stream. I was mostly playing Ark on the streams which is already very intensive game on its own, much less streaming from the same system at the same time. Also, having a i7-4770 I didn’t have much for options for upgrading the processor since the next generation used a different chipset. This isn’t a post going step-by-step on how to put build a PC. It’s more of what I built and few things that I did along the way. Let’s jump in!
First off here are all the parts used for this build:
- Case – Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
- CPU – Intel i7-8700k
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Z370 AUROS Gaming 5
- RAM – G.Skill Ripjaw V Series DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz 4 x 8Gb
- Video – Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080ti 11GB
- SSD – Samsung SSD 970 Evo NVME 500 GB
- SSD – Samsung SSD 860 Evo 500 GB
- SSD – Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500 GB x 2
- SSD – Crucial SSD BX300 240 GB
- HDD – Seagate 4TB Barracuda
- Capture Card – Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro
- CPU Cooler – Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 AIO Liquid Cooler
- PSU – EVGA Supernova 750 G3 80 Plus Gold 750W
- Fan – be quiet! BL046 Pure Wings 2 120mm x 2
- Fan – be quiet! BL067 Silent Wings 3 PWM 140mm x 2
- Fan – Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm x 2
Just to get it out of the way now; I did not purchase everything on that list at the time I decided to build a new PC. I pulled the two Samsung 850s and the Crucial BX300 from my old desktop. The GTX 1080ti I also pulled from the old desktop. I had purchased that in July 2017 for the old desktop upgrading from a GTX 770. Luckily I was able to get it on sale right before the video card prices went out of control. I also had the Elgato HD60 Pro on hand as well and again pulled it from the previous desktop. I had purchased that in August of 2017.
The biggest question I had to answer when I finally decided to build a new PC, which I think everyone faces when building, was what CPU to go with. I had very briefly debated going with an AMD Ryzen CPU, but I’ve almost always had an Intel CPU and wanted to stick with Intel as I’ve never had any issues with them. I should note that I had finally decided to build the PC after the Intel X-Series CPUs were released, but shortly before the Intel 8th Gen (8XXX) CPUs came out. I had actually come very close to pulling the trigger on going with the Intel i7-7820X processor. I had the motherboard and everything picked out to go with it. I would have loved to have went with one of the i9 CPUs but they were outside of my price range and I couldn’t really justify the price to myself. The reason I didn’t end up pulling the trigger was that I started reading more about the 8th Gen Intel chips. The initial few lines of processors were supposed to be releasing about 4 weeks after I decided to build new. So I decided to wait until the i7-8700k was released. My one regret about this build was that I manged to get the 8700k about 2 weeks after release I ended up paying full MSRP for it. I knew that was very likely going to happen when I decided to go with that CPU, but like I said it’s the one regret about this build. In the end it was worth it. I have yet to be disappointed in this processor for my uses.
My last desktop that I built I went with a Noctua air cooler for the CPU cooler. It works great and never had any issues with CPU temps, or fans going out, but I thought it was kind of loud. Granted it probably isn’t as loud as a cheap cooler, or something you might get with a low end pre-built, but I felt it could definitely be quieter. This time I decided to go with a Corsair AIO water cooler. I didn’t want to do a custom water cooled setup and I’m not sure I have enough faith in myself to actually build it properly with out any leaks. I finally decided on the Corsair CPU AIO cooler listed in the parts list. The main complaint people seemed to have with it was that the stock fans were pretty loud. I found in the comments several reviews that stated they replaced the stock fans that came with the AIO with the 120mm Noctua fans listed above. Going out on a limb I took their advice and replaced the stock fans. I don’t regret that decision at all! Now I can’t say how loud the stock fans actually are because I never tested them, but I’m pretty sure the suggestions to replace them were a great idea. Even under heavy loads my PC barely makes any noise. Glad I listened to the reviews.
Now I have never owned any be quiet! products before this build and had honestly not really heard much about the company. I initially had heard about them from the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel and started looking into them for use in this build. Reviews of their products at the time were far and few between. I decided to take a leap of faith and bought the fans listed above. I don’t regret that decision. This fans are amazing! They are so much quieter then the fans I had used in my previous desktop. The downside is they are a little bit higher priced than other similar fans, but it’s worth the cost increase, to me anyways. I will definitely be using them in any future builds. I had also considered going with one of their cases for this build with the added benefit that their cases come with several of the fans, but the prices for what I was looking at getting compared to other cases I was considering were quite a bit higher. I haven’t looked into how much their cases are now, so it’s possible that they may have come down in price. I will still definitely keep them as a consideration for cases in future builds as well.
That about wraps this post up. I feel like I maybe forgetting a few things, but if I remember what they are I’ll edit the post later. Some pictures below. Wish I had taken a few more.