Built specifically for playing BF1... I'm a globally top ranked bomber pilot across all platforms for BF1. I was #2 in the world before my previous PC took a dump... So I took a month off playing while I researched all the parts and finally built this.
I took my time and spent 2 days, in my spare time, carefully planning out then assembling all the parts. They all came together beautifully. On day 3, after checking every connection for the umpteenth time, I powered it up and began the long process of installing all the necessary software.
The two Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5 SSD's are set up in RAID 1, mirrored drives, to hold my OS (Win10X64Home) and all the other basic/necessary software and apps.
The Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 2280 is dedicated strictly to BF1, it's housed in the middle M.2 slot, and covered with the heat shield.
The other two Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 2280's are in the slots above, and below the 500. The top one is hidden by the GPU but the lower one is clearly visible. Each of the 250's will be dedicated to, as yet, unspecified games.
The silver G.Skill Ram beautifully matches the MSI Titanium motherboard and the layout of the Fractal Design R5 case allowed for easy cable management that truly highlights the natural beauty of the completed build.
The EVGA CLC 280 CPU cooler works very well but was incredibly buggy when first installed. The RGB display is controlled by software that communicates with the unit via USB connection. Despite being plugged into a USB 2.0 slot, I had repeated "!" coming up on the device manager which said it was plugged into a USB 3.0 slot which was not supported. A device driver update fixed that bug.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Hybrid works flawlessly but as soon as I'd updated the OCX software controller that came with it to the latest device driver, it made my system unstable to the point where it would restart, boot up to the log in screen, then immediately restart again. I had to remove the GPU, boot up, uninstall the EVGA OCX software, power down, re-install the card, and replace the OCX software with MSI's Afterburner - Not had any issues since.
My GPU is connected, via 3 display port cables, to a trio of Sceptre 50" LED 1080p HDTV's (60hz & 5.5ms)... Giving me twelve and a half feet of game screen. It makes flying epic with peripheral views of almost 180 degrees. It's so engrossing, that I liken it to gaming on an Omnimax screen. It's an amazing experience, not only visually but physically as well, it "feels" like I'm flying. Above my center screen is my previous "monitor", an LG 50" 4k Smart TV, which is now actually being used as a TV.
The Fractal Design HF14 fans round out the build providing excellent airflow and are whisper quiet, despite moving an insane amount of air. First time I power up my system, I seriously had to look inside the case to see if ANY of the 7 fans were running... It really is that quiet.