"Sulit" (adj.) something that is worth it" It's derived from my language, Tagalog. yup, that's the name of this build.
This isn't an entirely new build, well it kind of is but I already had a previous rig before this so I used some parts, you can view it here PCPARTPICKER
My main aim for this build was simplicity, along with being faster and better than the last one. Hence why you don't see any outrageous amount of RGB lighting. There is some RGB but only minimal.
Main purpose for this was to do gaming, photo editing, video editing, movies, music, work and all other stuff.
I was reluctant on getting Coffee Lake at first because of the availability and the pricing. I first ordered an 8700k on OCUK on the release day but later cancelled as I was stuck between getting Ryzen or Coffee Lake. Then the prices increased to £400 but about 2 weeks later, I found an 8700K for £360 so I bought it again. This time, with the plan to keep it. So then I ordered the other parts such as the motherboard, memory, graphics card and cooler. I had to wait around 3 weeks to finally build it as I was busy with other stuff. Bear in mind, this was built back in November 3rd 2017.
CPU: Fantastic processor, 6 cores and 12 thread goodness. It's currently overclocked to 4.8Ghz at 1.27v. I could go for 5Ghz but I see no point as the performance difference is minimal.
Motherboard: Looks great, overclocks well and has the features I need. I was going to get the Z370-A first then the Z370-E but finally decided on the Z370-F in the end as it's the same as the Z370-E variant but with only Wi-Fi and different colour style.
RAM: I wanted to add some lighting effects to my build and the G.Skill Trident Z RGB was the perfect choice. My initial plan was to get the Corsair Vengeance RGB kit but it wasn't as nice looking or had the lighting area as the Trident. Currently running XMP @ 3200Mhz.
CPU Cooler: Great cooler, I currently have a custom fan curve on it which keeps the temperatures idle at around 33c-35c depending on ambient temperature, averages 63c and never exceeds 65c while gaming. It has fluctuations that measure the max temp at 75c but it's only for a brief second.
Graphics Card: Personally think one of the best looking cards. It cools well but the only annoying thing is, it doesn't hit 2000Mhz+ constantly, it ramps down to 1964Mhz. Temperatures are decent, 34c idle with the SLAVE mode ON which runs at 18% fan speed constantly. Averages 65c while gaming and never exceeds 70c. Running PUBG with an average of 110fps, does dip down to 90fps sometimes. BF4 and BF1 constant 200fps medium settings. The fans do get quite loud but I don't mind as I wear headphones anyway.
Monitor: One word. Amazing. The 144Hz refresh rate makes everything so smooth. I still have my 1080p 60Hz screen and whenever I transition to it, I always feel like the monitor is lagging because I've gotten used to the fast 144Hz refresh rate, I could never go back to 60Hz ever again. I ordered 2 of these, first one had back-light bleed at the top right and bottom/side left of the screen. I returned it to Amazon and that's when I ordered the second one, it went down by £40 so it was perfect timing. This time with minor back-light bleed and I'm talking really minor, it wasn't as noticeable as the first one and I'm really happy with it so I kept it. Currently overclocked to 165Hz.
PSU: It's a replacement from my previous TX650. I asked for an RM650x replacement instead with paying additional charges but they said it doesn't work that way. But this will do.
Overall, I'm really really happy with this build and I'm glad I didn't go with the Ryzen route. Runs everything I throw at it with ease and every day-to-day tasks just got easier and a lot quicker.
Probably get another SSD just for games. Get custom sleeved cable extensions. Probably a new power supply.
EDIT: 27/12/2017 - Added 3x BeQuiet SilentWings 3 fans for intake on the front, these things are crazy quiet even at 50% speed. Definitely worth it. Moved my AIO to exhaust at the top. So now I have 3x intake and 3 exhaust.
EDIT: 12/01/18 - Delidded my 8700K and temperatures reduced by 18c-25c. Used to run 85c+ (Prime95) and now barely reaches 65c, average 48c while gaming. Currently OC'ed to 4.8Ghz 1.28v. Not my lowest stable voltage as I haven't had time to do thorough tests. I don't see the need for 5Ghz since the performance gap between 4.8 and 5.0 isn't that big.
EDIT: 17/01/18 - Bought a pair of Microlab FC330 2.1 Speakers, hooked up to my SMSL SD793II AMP/DAC. They sound amazing for the price I bought it for. Planning on picking up a Schiit Magni 3 when they come into stock for their EU store.
EDIT: 20/01/18 - Changed my PSU to an EVGA G2 650W but only has 1x 6pin and 1x 8pin PCI-E cables on one PSU connector, so I'm returning it due to having 4x cables coming out of my graphics card. So now I have the Corsair RM650x as a replacement. Will be looking to purchase custom sleeved cables in the near future.
EDIT: 30/01/18 - Bought an IKEA BEKANT desk, the non-motorized version. 120x80cm. Having my desk at 65cm height compared to 73cm makes such a huge difference in my comfort. Bought a new chair to go with it too.
EDIT: 13/02/18 - Added a new Samsung 250GB SSD for a couple of my games and cache drive for Premiere Projects and Lightroom Projects. Bought used from reddit with only 1.1TBW for sooo cheap. And my PC needs a clean so bad but it's just constantly raining. Typical UK weather.