Hey everyone! I lurked on this site daily looking at builds and slowly planning out my own. I am here today showing what all that lurking has brought to fruition.
CPU: I decided to go with an Intel i7 7700k instead of the new Ryzen chips for a few reasons. One of them being that I bought most of my parts close to 1-2 months ago and had build fever so I wanted to get my build going sooner rather than later. Secondly I felt it might be the safer route to go with a tried and true Intel chip versus the new untested Ryzens which may run into problems (or may work perfectly smooth only time will tell). I have not overclocked yet but it is on my list of things to do. I will not being doing anything extreme but I am planning on a moderate overclock.
CPU cooler: One of the harder decisions I had to make regarding the build. I really like the look AIO's bring to builds, usually a cleaner look and they let you see more of the components. Thus I knew I would likely get an AIO but the tough part was deciding between the Corsair H115i and the NZXT Kraken X62. I kept hearing about issues people were having with CAM, the software for the NZXT Kraken X62. After weeks of flip flopping between the two I just decided to take the risk on the X62 since the aesthetics are hard to beat and if CAM really causes problems I can always return it and go with the Corsair.
I am happy to report that I haven't had many issues with CAM or my X62 in general. The profile I created for the fans, pump, and lighting disappeared on me once but after a reinstall of CAM I have had no further issues. The cooler looks spectacular and has kept my CPU nice and cold. Installation was simple and no overly complicated, everything is labeled nicely.
Motherboard: I originally bought bought an Asus Prime Z270-A but unfortunately the one I received had a defective audio port giving me constant buzzing and static in any sound device connected. My local store only had the Asus Prime Z270-AR in stock and I did not have the patience to wait up to two weeks for a replacement or pay more online so I opted to just go with the AR since I was only losing a few features I did not need anyway.
The only issue I have run into so far is getting the XMP profile for my RAM to work correctly. I am not sure where the issue is arising but sometimes the settings will take only for the next bootup to not work. If anyone has any suggestions I am happy to hear them.
RAM: I was mostly deciding between the Corsair Vengeance LED and the G Skill Trident Z RGB. Ultimately since I decided to go with the more flashy AIO I figured the Trident might prove to be a little too much and went with the Corsairs. The only issue I have had is mentioned above.
Storage: This was the only other tough decision I had during the build. I toyed with the idea of getting an M.2 NVMe but in the end decided I would rather wait till the prices drop more so that I can get a good sized one and not go with a smaller one now. I picked up both of my drives on sale which is why I chose these. Also the color scheme on the Trion fit nicely in my case. The SSD is very quick and boots my computer up much faster than my 5 year old SSD from my old build.
GPU: The 1070 has easily handled everything I have thrown at it although I haven't had a ton of time to try many games just yet I get very consistently high frame rates in everything I have tried. I use a fairly aggressive fan curve the fans can get a little loud but I usually have a headset on and I would prefer a little fan noise over a card that gets very hot. Anyone concerned about the fan noise can tone the fans back and they stay quiet.
Case: The Enthoo Evolv was an easy choice. I looked at many different cases but still ended up coming back to it time and time again. I am very happy with it. The only downside is no hinge for the tempered glass panel which would have been nice to have because taking it on and off a lot can be a pain. But it is a small price to pay for such a good looking case.
Power Supply: The SuperNOVA is just an all around great pick. Not much to say here, good reliability, good performance so far and I have never heard the fan become overly loud.
Misc: I also threw in an additional two LED strips from Phanteks. I liked that they use the same exact colors from the case and I positioned them to give my just the right amount of glow where I wanted it.
Mouse: I upgraded from a DeathAdder to the G502 and have loved it. It is a little smaller which took some getting used to but I feel like once I did get used to it, it fits very nicely in my hand. I like the adjustable weight and being able to change the color is always a nice feature. The braided cable is of a high quality.
Keyboard: My Quickfire Pro is 5 years old now but I have had zero problems with it. The Cherry MX Browns have a nice feel and aren't too loud though that is probably biased since I don't mind the noise. The only negative is that the LEDs can only be red which doesn't go with my blue and purple set up but this is purely cosmetic.
Monitor: The monitor has been excellent. I bought the monitor over Christmas for a great deal and will be on the hunt for an equally good deal to have a second one.
Since this is only my second build ever it went pretty well. Having the defect in the motherboard was definitely an annoyance but I got really good at building since I basically had to do it three times versus one. Plans for upgrades are a new second monitor as I said, a new chair, and nicer speakers.
I hope you guys like the build and if there are any questions I will be active in the comments. Also let me know any suggestions you have for me to make the build even better or what things I should upgrade! Thanks guys!