This build is the result of a few months of planning and the exponential decay of my previous pc build. Over the past year my old pc was starting to show more and more bad signs and it would take a few restarts to get everything working right. Up to when I was building this build it finally died and wasn’t even stable enough to play CS:GO. With all that in mid this was perfect timing for a new build.
My overall goal for this build was to have something that would last for the next 5-6 years like my last build. I am a Mechanical Engineer so I would like to do 3D modeling as well as a fair bit of gaming when I have the chance.
Picking the parts: My main grief with a lot of built desktops I see is that there is a lot of open and wasted space so I planned the parts around the case to make the most of the available space. At the same time, I wanted everything to fit a neutral theme with the added chaos of RGB so I can change the overall appearance with a few clicks.
Case: I really liked the looks of the 570X from corsair but there were a lot of looked over details that turned me away like the PSU shroud and lack of bottom cable routing. When the 500D SE was finally announced I was glad since it has balanced looks and is a more refined product overall. It is pricy for a case but I felt with the included fan controller and three LL120 fans it was worth it.
CPU: My old CPU is 4930k and I really liked the multicore performance so I wanted to go with a more up to date form so I went with the new 8086k.
Cooler: The H150i was the perfect choice for me due to the space efficiency in the case as well as the added cooling power with the 8086k on 5.0GHz on all cores.
Motherboard: I have always used Asus motherboards and I couldn’t be happier with this product. My old motherboard did not have Bluetooth or Wifi so this is a big step up for me.
RAM: It’s hard to look at how much this costs since my old build had the same amount of ram for half the price but I decided to bite the bullet and I am happy with the performance and look in the build.
Storage: This was a hard decision for me to decide on what to get since I had a 2T WD black from an old PS4 upgrade that never worked as well as a 500GB 840 EVO from my last build. I decided to get another of the same HHD to fill up the slots in the case which will be nice for storing all the 3D modeling files. I plan on using the new and old SSD for games. I ran into the problem with my last pc that I would have to install and uninstall a lot of games that I wanted to play so this added 1T will help a lot. I decided to go with a m.2 drive due to the speed as well as running out of room in the case for spots for a normal SSD.
GPU: I was going to wait for the 1100 series to come out but two EVGA 780 SC were on their last legs and I felt that it would better for me to get a 1080 Ti for now and If I want to upgrade in the future I can give this one to my brother. I went with the FTW edition due to the increased size and performance since there was a lot of empty space between the motherboard and radiator.
PSU: This was ordered by mistake since the picture showed the HX 850 just for the neutral color on the side. I decided to keep it since it was in the back and I’ll really never see it.
Custom Cablemod: I ended up going for the cable-mod AIO sleeving and PRO ModMesh cable kit in carbon. I feel like this really dressed up both sides of the case.
Custom V1 Tech: I got three corsair logo fan grills with a matte grey second layer. I paid for the magnet mounting method but it only came with adhesive dots. I was worried that the higher temps would cause the fan grills to fall over time so I’ll have to see how they hold up. I got a GPU backplate with the same laying of material but with the EVGA logo cut out to match the graphics card. One strange thing is that the card came with magnets and adhesive to mount but I ended up just setting the plate on top of the card. One major flaw with the case is the mounting position of the hard drives with the pcb exposed. I ended up getting two matte grey plates that would cover the backs of the drives but I ran into an issue with the tempered glass door hitting the cover. I ended up using two magnets that came with the GPU backplate on the magnets on the door of the case. This added just enough clearance for the hard drive covers and for the door to close.
Overall, I am really happy with how everything came out. I plan on updating this once I break in the system with temps, benchmarking, ect.
Thank you for checking out my build!
UPDATE: Changes monitor due to the 278QR from Asus having defective display port on first monitor and the second one I received had dead pixels. Previously I had three Asus 1080p 144hz monitors with no issues. This Dell monitor has a much better picture quality as well and overall construction.