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This is my first PC build from scratch as an upgrade from this PC, a custom built PC that I bought years ago when my laptop had died. After replacing a few parts I decided to start over and build my own PC from the ground up. After months of browsing through hundreds of builds on here and double-checking with friends for build advice, I finally pulled the trigger and put it all together. Thank you to all of you guys who posted on here and helped me piece together a new computer indirectly through your own builds.


I use this PC for ultrawide gaming, photo and video editing, and SolidWorks (I'm an engineering student). Handles everything I throw at it.

I wanted to go overkill on this build and make sure that no parts inhibited each other, so I'd have room to upgrade in the future without having to replace the whole system in order to add in a certain part. I stayed within reasonable value/dollar, hence the 2700X as opposed to Intel's 9900K, and a 2080 instead of the 2080-Ti (I used Excel spreadsheets with FPS and benchmark data compared to the price as the basis of my decision making). After running dual monitors on my previous build, I loved the concept of having so much space. For this build, I decided to upgrade to ultrawide in order to get rid of the spacing between monitors. In the excel spreadsheet I mentioned above, I narrowed my GPU range down to cards that could handle ultrawide gaming, namely the 1080-Ti, 2080, and 2080-Ti specifically. The 2080 paired with the Ryzen had the best performance per dollar ratio, so that's the CPU / GPU pair that I went with.

I originally decided on 16 GB of RAM after experiencing firsthand that it was plenty. When it came down to buying, 2x16 GB was actually cheaper per stick than 4x8 (in case I wanted to double the RAM in the future) so I went with 2x16 instead. After having problems with Aura ("Asus Aura stopped working..." still isn't fixed) and virtually none with iCue, looking back I would have opted for the Corsair Vengeance instead of the TridentZ.

After hearing the vocal negative reviews about CAM software, I opted for a Corsair AIO and fans. As mentioned, iCue has given me no problems. To limit the amount of RGB software (and subsequent problems when running multiple), I went for both a Corsair keyboard and mouse.

Originally I was looking at a 1000W PSU to allow some headroom for SLI or more SATA drives in the future, but a friend of mine recommended an 850W so as to keep the wattage within the optimal range of the PSU (50%-80% of the wattage used). This build uses about 450 currently.

I opted for a M.2 SSD instead of a SATA SSD after I got sucked in the supposed speed comparisons between the two (3 GB/s vs. 500 MB/s). Definitely overkill, and YouTube load time comparisons between the two showed that the difference was minute (around 1 sec difference for gaming loading screens). It works great though, Windows boots quickly and programs like Photoshop and Lightroom run quickly compared to my old PC.

Every accessory that was purchased for this build in addition to the main parts is listed at the bottom of the parts list (threaded PSU cables included).

The desk is from IKEA, as well as the chair. For more info, the specific items are linked at the bottom of my other PC build.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 5 points

I absolutely love this classy B/W build! The part choices are definitely on-point, the photos are amazingly crisp and clear, and the I love the overall feel of this setup. Great work!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I put the parts under a ton of scrutiny and made three or four saved lists before I really pulled the trigger on one. Got lots of advice from PC-enthusiast friends too. 'Preciate the kind words regarding the pictures and feel too, photographed it myself :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 5 points

I like that no step on snek thing. Everything else is amazing too.+1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta get the memes in there. I originally bought it as a velcro patch for my backpack lol. Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

lol gg

  • 6 months ago
  • 5 points

no step on snek

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

solid meme

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

You're definitely an engineering student with more cash than I can imagine of having when I'm a college student.

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

I love Halo Reach

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

That is exactly what I thought of when I saw the title. Especially with MCC coming to PC and all of that.

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

YEEEEAAAHHHH BUDDY! Cant wait, but yeah, even the silver theme reminded me of ONI

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The Halo series = big classic. Been playing through the MCC on Xbox One recently actually

It's partly named after Jack Reacher too. Solid movie series even though the first is better than the second imo.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. It looks so clean.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

I opted for a M.2 SSD instead of a SATA SSD after I got sucked in the supposed speed comparisons between the two

Nice build, but I don't really understand this statement. M.2 refers to a form factor, whereas SATA is a type of interface. (At least, that's what I think; this subject is kinda confusing to me.)
I assume you're referring to your choice of an NVMe SSD?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah... Pretty much everyone calls NVMe, m.2. Its just easier to say, I say m.2 as well, although NVMe is the correct terminology. Some people who are grammar Nazis, get soooo triggered by this but I personally dont care, we know what you mean by m.2

  • 6 months ago
  • -1 points

uh, no. I'm a frequent poster on several forums, and the majority say NVMe, or PCIe. you wouldn't refer to a graphics card as a PCIe Expansion card would you? Would you refer to a i7-8700k as a LGA1151 socketed chip?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

No. But everyone knows what you mean if you say m.2. There's no reason why I should go correcting people for saying m.2 in stead of NVMe...

  • 6 months ago
  • -1 points

There are M.2 SATA, and NVMe. Both are different. Someone might get suckered in to paying 20$ for a M.2 860 evo when they thought it was NVMe, or someone might see that their laptop has a m.2 slot, and put in a SATA SSD when the M.2 slot was PCIe only.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! Sorry for not using the correct terminology. PCIe SSD vs. SATA III

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I love the Corsair theme you have going on.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is amazing, nice pictures!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol my school runs solid works on 8th gen i5’s and gt 710s lol I plan to do the same ting as you but with more NZXT and i9 and 2070 combo nice build tho +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait wait, all 8th gen i5s come with Intel UHD 630 graphics right?? If you google "UHD 630 mobile vs gt710", it shows that the integrated graphics preform better than the gt710. Is there something in Solidworks that makes it run better with a dedicated GPU, even if normally it performs worse than integrated graphics?

unplug that display cable from your gpu to ur mobo lmao

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol it’s my school it might be a get 730 don’t do Dt anymore tho

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

try running some CUDA software on that UHD 630. Try hooking up 4 monitors to it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful Build!!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks elegant. And its very clean. Nice work.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable combs perhaps, but really that's just being overly picky. White/black looks super clean!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Reddit tore me up for not having cable combs lol, I ordered them the same day. I've got them on now

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I can believe it. I wouldn't consider that a major concern by any means, but they do look nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely a leap from your last build. Very nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

What'd you do? Hire a fricking photographer??

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, photography is a hobby of mine. Thanks for the compliment on the photos tho!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

its all good man. good job!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a beautiful machine, and a beautiful set of images.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

What are the values for RGB that make it into that pure white color? Or is it the just the default settings?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It took some playing around with to match them all up but the settings that I found were:

  • Fans @ FFFFFF
  • AIO, Keyboard, Mouse @ 4BD9FF
  • In Asus AURA I had it at like 198 Hue, quarter saturated (AURA won't open or else I'd double check for you)

IRL it has a tiny aqua tint to it but when everything's all synced up and there are no other lights on it looks pure white. The camera plays tricks on its perceived hue too, it drops the aqua tint

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Prettyyyyyyyyyyy. Thx for all the beautiful pictures and angles. Step snek on no.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love the image great build

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Unfortunately it's probably too well-cooled for that pot plant on top to benefit from the computer's heat output...

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I like how the loose power cables contrast the sharpness of the components. Nice work!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

get some cable combs. else, nice build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow dude you spent a bunch though. Looks excellent. Would you mind running my build by your friends hahahaha https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gsbsD2 I'm new

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Your cpu is overkill if your graphics card is only a 2070. Get a 2080 or 2080 TI.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a 2080 in the build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build then!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah? Does a watercooler worry you at all? Liquids and electronics? It's not good with a toaster and a bathtub. So I would expect the same result on a pc.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Having a water cooler doesn't worry me at all, given the lack of reports of leakage combined with Corsair covering the cost of the damages if it happens to occur. Corsair AIO > NZXT though

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure bro! Just my critiques real quick, I created a few excel spreadsheets to compare the performances of the 2700X vs. the 9900K (since those are two flagships of AMD and Intel currently under $1,000) and the 9900K was only minutely better than the 2700X. Definitely not justifiable for the $200 price increase. If having the latest and greatest CPU is what matters to you, then go with the 9900K (or wait a little while for the Gen3 CPUs to come out, Ryzen released previews of the 3600 and 3600X already), but if you want the best value for your dollar then go with the 2700X hands down.

64GB of RAM might be a little overkill depending on your usage. If you want to go with that though, it'd actually be cheaper to buy two 2x16 packages (at $200 each) then one 4x16GB for $550.

According to UserBenchmark.com the 3TB Seagate Barracuda performs better than the 2TB HDD (not sure the reasoning but that's what they've reported).

2070 ---> 2080 definitely to pair with a 2700X or a 9900K. You can also google FPS data for games to compare between the two cards. I only looked in the 1080-Ti, 2080, and 2080-Ti range when I was comparing mine and the 2080 was by far the best deal.

750 or an 850 watt PSU both place you in the optimum range for efficiency (50% to 80% of the wattage used), an 850 would give you more headroom if you want to upgrade components in the future. Just my quick opinions based on the research that I did leading up to my build, hope you enjoy yours!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

GRACE MEH WITH THE DEVINE KNOWLEDGE OF COM POO TERS. I really do want to get it right. So water cooling is better than air yes?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

this build is sick

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, I am currently collecting parts for a similar build.

It looks like only 2 intake fans going through a radiator and what looks like 3 exhaust with no obstruction - are you at all concerned about negative air pressure making this a dust magnet?

I was considering the same set up for my build (with a Fractal Design Define S2 case) but am now thinking of stripping out the top 2 fans to keep the internal air pressure positive, and maybe even squeezing another intake fan on the base.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn't even thinking about negative air pressure and dust magnets, to be honest. Don't know if it makes any difference but I've got a push-pull config on the radiator, the H115i Pro comes with two ML140s. Aside from that, if I notice dust it's no big deal to pop the glass off and hit it with some compressed air. Really wish I could give you a better answer to your question but I'm too ill-informed to do really do so. I just wanted to move as much air through the case as possible, and the dust guards in the front and on the bottom do a good job of keeping it out.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really good! I have the AURA and CAM software and knock on wood I haven't had any issues yet.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny, I was hesitant to go with any RGB hardware from NZXT because of the vocal minority that you'd run into any time you google CAM, and I thought I dodged a bullet after going with iCue but AURA won't open at all anymore. Guess it's just a hit or miss, happy for you that your software's working well though!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful execution. Great pictures.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

So Fresh and So Clean Clean!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey what did you us to take tho photos, and on what settings they look really good. Your build also looks amazing, try the lights on blue and pink, friends has a build like that and has the rgb on blue ans pink and it looks really nice. Upvote from be ^

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Some are taken with a Nikon D3400, others are taken with an iPhone (all the vertical ones). I used Lightroom for the editing software, but any program that adjusts Exposure / Contrast / Highlights / Shadows / Whites / Blacks and HSL sliders would do just as well. Definitely! I was playing around with the RGB software early on and the pink / blue combo does indeed look really nice. Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

wow, beautiful build!

how's the airflow? i'm planning on moving to a H700.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The airflow is great! Originally I was looking at the H500 but the extra exhaust slot on the H700 and the extra room for a radiator sandwich in the front did it for me. There are 7 140mm fans in there and they can really push air through the case. I hardly ever have to turn the fans above 1000 RPM and when I do it's usually just for kicks when I'm wearing headphones or something. My GPU maxes out at like 58C and it idles at 29C (27C ambient).

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the simple look of this build! Instead of Rainbow RGB everywhere, you keep it looking sharp and classy with black and white. Amazing photography of it as well!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I spent months browsing on here and the white builds drew me in wayyyy more than the RGB ones did, but everything else that I own is somewhere in between white/grey/black anyways so I'm sure that played a huge part. Black/grey/white just looks so clean and simple but sharp imo

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That thing looks absolutely amazing!!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean af

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and sleek. Good Job.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wondering since I'm gonna use the same fans as you and same cpu cooler, do I need both NZXT Internal USB Hub and the corsair fan controller commander pro?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought both originally, but I only ended up using the Corsair Commander Pro. I did need a fan splitter since I'm running 7 fans and the Commander Pro only supports 6. Adding the splitter allows you to have 7 or more fans but whatever fans you group on the splitter will only show up in iCue as one fan. You will need an RGB header if you want to control the colors of the fans in iCue though. Some of the LL fan bundles on Amazon come with them, just double check and make sure. The Commander Pro has 2 USB slots on it, which was just enough for me (one for the CPU cooler and one for the case USB slots)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

this has got to be one of my favorite builds on the website, I would love to see a picture of the whole setup though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate that, thanks! This picture is super grainy but here's a rough idea of what the setup looks like. Not sure how the pictures differ, but here's there are some other photo albums of the setup stickied in this comment. I'd be happy to upload others though, if it doesn't give you an idea of the whole setup

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

well, I actually use my school computer on this website for now, until I get my gaming computer, so whatever website that was, it is blocked. so if it's not too much trouble, please upload some more. thanks lol. sorry for the late reply btw.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure, no problem. I uploaded a few that provide a more general view, but I'll take some pictures that more accurately capture the full setup and I'll update you once they're up. Thanks for the interest :)

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey how does that case breath well? I dig the aesthetic and all, but it looks a little closed off. I suppose it wouldn't matter TOO much with the AIO, but I'm going for a similar build (oddly enough) and I wanted to ask.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It breathes pretty well, the case is open on both sides on the top edge and front edge, the top edge being the exhaust and the front edge being the intake. It's also completely open on the back. My GPU tops out at 61C (around 22-23C ambient) with all of the fans at full RPM and I can definitely feel air moving pretty quickly. I don't remember what the CPU tops out at but like you said that part is largely AIO. The AIO water temp only hovers 5C above ambient temperature, but never over 35C. Not sure how much any of that means because I don't have much to compare it to but I hope it helped you with your decision-making process. Sorry for the late reply too, btw

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s cool

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build also what kind of fan config do you have for your rad?

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