Hello! Here I have my build that I have been working on this past year. I really wanted a build that wasn't too big but still really powerful. Tempered glass and RGB is a MUST for me, so that I can show off my build to friends and family. It took me a bit of planning and research but I am extremely happy with the way the build turned out! Now lets go over the parts.
CPU+MOBO: Intel i7 8700K + ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I
One of the best gaming CPUs out there. I bought the CPU in early 2019 figuring it would be great for the games I play. After messing with the overclocking settings to get to 5.0 Ghz (1.3v and -2 AVX), I was able to get an additional 10-20 FPS in some of the games I play. Though the temps weren't very good under load. I was getting up to 95c+ and crashing when running a RealBench stress test. It was still running a bit hot after adding more case fans and switching to Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Decided to delid the CPU using the derbauer delid kit and apply some Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. Temps were maxing out in the 80s and finished an 8 hour RealBench Stress Test and idles around 30-35c.
Cooler: Corsair H115i Platinum RGB
Awesome cooler. Cools my OC'd 8700k pretty well. This thing barely fits in my case with everything else. There is almost no clearance from the top of the motherboard to the fans on the rad. There was just enough for me to run some cables through the openings near the top of the mobo. Other than that, Ireally love the RGB on this cooler.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB 16GB 3200Mhz CL16
Not much to say here. Went with Corsair for the ecosystem. Beautiful RGB and effects with iCUE.
Storage: 970 Pro 512GB + 860 Evo 1TB M.2 Drives
Probably overkill for what I use my computer for; gaming, web browsing and watching videos. I do a little bit of recording game play and editing as well. Haven't had any Samsung drives fail on me in the past 5 years so I decided to stick with Samsung. Possibly looking at getting an RGB M.2 someday lol.
Video Card: Sapphire Nitro+ 5700 XT
I had the 2070 Super before this card and don't get me wrong, the 2070 Super is a beast of a card. The only issue I had with it is, you guessed it, NO RGB. When the Sapphire Nitro+ 5700 XT released, it was an instant buy for me. The RGB on this card is way better than my other choice for an RGB GPU which was the EVGA 2070S XC Ultra. To me it also has a better price to performance value. I'm curently gaming on a 24" 1080p 144hz monitor but I'm hoping to get a 27" 1440p or even an ultrawide monitor in the future.
Case + Fans: Corsair Crystal 280X + 2 LL 120 + 2 LL140
This case is perfect for displaying what you have in your build. The dual chamber design allows you to hide PSU in the back and gives a lot of space for extra drives and cable management. The glass and the tight mesh holes on the filters constrict the air flow a bit, but I'm willing to sacrifice that for aesthetics. The iCUE software controls the lighting effects of the fans really well and I can set custom fan curves.
PSU: Corsair RMx 650W 80+ GOLD
The Corsair RMx series are very good quality PSUs. Stays quiet and my parts haven't fried. With it being fully modular, I was able to get custom cables to add to the RGB craziness that is going on in this case.