2017 Ref: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/FjpG3C
I finally got a high end GPU. The MSI GTX 1080ti Gaming X Trio! I bought it new around the time mining was dying down. I was quite desperate for a higher end GPU as I was playing more demanding games such as Final Fantasy XV at the time. I was looking at the GPU prices throughout the whole year and I admit it was a bit of an impulse buy. It was worth it though.
I managed to overclock the 1080ti with maxed out power limit, +110 on the core clock and +650 on the memory clock. I have tweaked the fan curve where the fans are off up until 40 degrees and quickly ramp up to nearly 100% at 70 degrees. It stays cool very well and is quite silent.
Oh and I got some more ram, white was on sale (was even more on sale day after I purchased then >:( ...). Upgraded to 16GB as 8GB was not enough anymore. I still managed to use up 70% of my RAM during heavy usage.
To match the display for the new GPU, I got a rebranded 4k monitor from prime cables. It is an AUO RTD2795. Its 4k, 60hz IPS (AHVA) freesync monitor. I was not proritizing refresh rate as I do not play games which require it and I mainly play games that are graphically nice looking. The freesync down the line has worked out as Nvidia now supports freesync to some degree. It works well on my monitor with a single tweak. I had to change the freesync range to 35-60 to reduce flickering. It does strobe sometimes at lower fps. The best part about this monitor is that it was only 200$!!
My other change was a case change. Now I did NOT need to change my case at all. But I impulse bought a case "needing" a type-c port. The Evolv X is an expensive case but it looks amazing. The my thermals have not changed much, if any. Now this case should have come with PCIe riser cables. This case is stupid expensive and it should have come with one. Either way, my D15 and Gaming X Trio are giant heatsinks so I cannot test vertical GPU. I want to see if the increased distance from the panel changes anything about my GPU thermals. Along with the case impulse buy, I purchased 3 noctua chromax fans. Not much to say about the fans as they are noctuas. I find RGB fans the worst of the RGB type of part.
At the peripherals side, I was gifted some Bose Companion 20 speakers. I also got a full bamboo case and DSA hanas for my POK3R but I do not use it much since it is too nice to be touched by oily fingers.
My next plan is still a storage upgrade. My steam drive is already shoring up as red on explorer (20GB left of storage). The plan is to just buy one or two 2TB WD RED HDD. I may also change my PSU to pass down to my brother as he has a less than adequate 450W PSU. It can also lead to sleeved cables in the future. The upcoming Zen 2 cpu and mobo upgrade would be baller if I have baller money by then.
Stays very cool. Quite Heavy. Can handle a decent OC.
PCIE extension riser should have come with this case. It is stupid expensive but did not include one.