Gaming rig, with a side of content creation. At some point I managed to overwrite my build, and I can't find the old version in the history, so I had to remake the list as best I could. Yeah, I do know my cable management kinda sucks...
The Kraken x62 is mounted on the GPU using a Kraken G12 adapter & some heat sinks originally intended for a raspberry pi are put on the VRM and inductor line to help the fan keep them cool. The 280mm Radiator didn't play very nicely with the front of the case and I couldn't get it in in any way that allowed me to screw it in. I ended up having to wedge it in and use the hard drive cage to make it stay. Another note of warning: A 360mm radiator does not play nice with this case if you intend to use the front bays. It's possible to do, but you had better own an angled screwdriver. The motherboard had only 1 USB 2.0 header, but I needed 2, so I had to get an internal hub for that.
To quickly answer the inevitable question "why have a Wi-Fi card?", it's pretty simple. Running an Ethernet cable to my room simply isn't an option for me.
Other parts of interest:
I decided on a fan controller cause I liked how it looked... Yep, that's all there is to it. The DVD drive was because I still have a bunch of old PC games that run off disks and I wanted to be able to use them still.
Tweaks & stuff:
8086K currently runs at 5.0GHz on 1.35v. It's been delidded, given the conductonaut treatment, and had a vanity heatspreader from Bitspower applied for shiggles. Temps are low 20s while idle, hitting 45 under normal usage and spiking to 50-55 under long duration stress-test.
1080 ti runs at 1775 MHz core and 11300MHz memory. Temps in the mid 60s under long duration stress test, low 20s while idle.
So the K70 LUX is probably my favorite keyboard ever. Paired with a G502 Hero, I don't think I could ask for a better mouse or keyboard combo. I've got a AT2020, Focusrite Scarlet Solo, and V-moda Crossfade M100s for my audio setup. The content creation I mentioned is saxophone & guitar related, so audio gear was a must-have. When they aren't being used for that however, you couldn't ask for better audio quality for the price. As an added bonus, I can plug my electric guitar into the spare instrument jack on my solo, so I can basically use it as an amplifier that feeds straight to my headphones allowing me to practice without waking up the whole damn house.
The Asus ROG Swift PG279Q is easily the best monitor I've ever had the pleasure of using. 165 Hz and 1440p make for an amazingly smooth gaming experience, and even make browsing the web feel smoother.
2 1TB NVMe SSDs may seem excessive, and perhaps they are just a little, but having one for a boot drive and one for a games drive seemed like a good idea, and they're definitely really nice. The 6TB HDD is definitely overkill though.
32 gigs of DDR4-3200 MT/s RAM is plenty for entry level editing of video and audio, and it certainly holds it's own.
Decent CPU. Hot AF before deliding though...
Great cooler. Combined with a G12 GPU bracket, this keeps my overclocked 1080ti at 65c under heavy loads.
Pretty good cooler. I dislike RGB so I was kinda peeved there's no non-RGB version. Keeps my delided and OCed 8086K at 55c under load.
It's thermal paste, not much to say. If you aren't The Verge, it isn't rocket science, and this is one of the better pastes out there.
Decent board. Wasn't my first choice, was gonna go for a cheaper one. But when I found this on sale for 40% off, I jumped on it, and haven't been disappointed. I was even able to flash a custom boot screen to the BIOS with a little help from https://www.bios-mods.com/.
Does what RAM do... Pretty fast. Overclocked decent until I got my second kit, haven't taken the time to try that again yet.
Pretty damn fast, Cheaper than the EVOs and PROs, but for gaming the performance is similar enough to be unnoticeable.
Overkill, but reliable.
Got this sucker used for a good price. Swapped the blower for a 280mm AIO, and it overclocks well.
Be warned, if you wanna use the front expansion bays, don't buy a 360mm Radiator. They won't get along very well. I got lucky that my fan controller was short enough, you might not.
Decent PSU. Nuff said.
Does what it says on the tin, fair warning you need paid software to actually play a Blu-Ray disc, the codec isn't free like DVD and CD.
Wireless Network Adapter
Pretty fast. Fast enough to not bottleneck my ****** internet anyways, so not really a high bar to set.
This fan sucks (air into your case). Sorry, I'll show myself out.
Took me a bit to figure out how to use it, but after that, no issues.
Perfect sweet spot for gaming between refresh rate and resolution. Can't wait for the day that these come out in 240Hz though.
Great keyboard. Added some silicone gaskets so it isn't so loud anymore.
Probably my favorite mouse ever. Really accurate sensor with a High DPI range so you can have it go as fast or slow as you like.