This is my first PC build and I am very happy with the results. I was aiming for a relatively quite and powerful HTPC to use with my 4k TV, upgrading form a PS4. I've now switched to a desk setup with a monitor and am very glad to be sitting at a desk! The higher refresh rate of a good monitor and the ergonomics of a desk make this my preference.
I began envisioning this build with the case and chose components around it. This case is really the heart of the build. I am completely happy with it, although cable management took a lot of effort and I found out that I needed come extras (a fan extension cable and splitter) to do what I wanted. Thermals aren't the absolute best, but nevertheless the system is relatively quiet under a gaming load.
I wanted to build this system with a water cooled GTX 1070ti or 1080ti, because the case is built for water cooling. I opted to get a 1060 3gb as a stopgap when GPU prices were really high. That card was already much more powerful than my PS4, more than I expected. It can handle 1080p gaming like a champ and stays quiet. But I upgraded my GPU to a 1070ti when they went on sale to $350. I would have liked to go water cooled, but a blower card at a good price just made more sense. I opted for a non k processor and 450 watt psu, after all. I'm still quite happy with the upgrade and I get something around 50% better frame rates.
For the CPU and motherboard, I went with a mid-range combo: the i5-8400 and Asus B360-I. The Asus motherboard is the best looking itx B360 or H370 board, and I really wanted the better audio components and optical audio output.
I water cooled the CPU with the updated Corsair H60. The new pump housing and LED look really nice and my pump is very quiet. I would have paid a little more for rgb, though. I like a little RGB, and so I went with 2666 G.Skill Trident Z rgb RAM.
I can recommend the AZZA Hurricane RGB fans, but this part of the build was complicated: I had to buy one Hurricane (4pin PMW) and one Huricane Lite w/ Remote (3pin) in order to get the RGB to work, since the RGB header on the motherboard is addressable (3pin, 5v) and the fans take standard RGB (4pin, 12v). You have to get the 3 pack of the Hurricane (4pin) in order to get the LUMI control hub, but a single Lite fan comes with a basic RGB controller and a remote. I only wanted two fans, so I daisy chained the RGB of the Hurricane Lite and the Hurricane together. The fans look awesome, though, and the design is perfect because the fans look the same even when one is facing in for exhaust and the other is facing out for intake.
The final result is awesome, and I will be sure to post an update if I can manage to upgrade to a water cooled GPU.
The new pump housing looks very good and the pump is quiet for me.
Very happy with this motherboard. It looks great, has 2 M.2 slots, good audio (including Optical Audio out) and even usb-c. The only complaint is that I wish it had three fan headers instead of just two.
A little challenging to build in but it looks great and has great design and build quality. The thermals are fine, but not amazing.
These work as advertised. They are quiet and look amazing, even when mounted backwards. Note that these are 3 pin whereas the standard version is 4 pin PMW.
Very impressed with this monitor, especially since the g-sync driver update that allows adaptive sync to be used with Nvidia cards. I have had good results using g-sync on this monitor. I haven't noticed any real issues, and tearing is reduced. I think this is a fantastic value monitor. I have always liked VA panels over IPS and TN.
The battery holds a charge well, and the latency is unnoticeable. I only wish the middle button would be a little easier to press and the scroll steps were more distinct.