Primarily used as a Premier Pro render machine with some light gaming. My "old" Ryzen 5 1600 machine was having issues with memory for whatever reason and just would not cooperate well above 2666 MHz. After Intel announced Coffee Lake and with Ryzen 2 months away, I decided to pull the trigger on an 8700k given its superior single and multicore performance compared to the 1600. I got great deals on the memory since it was on clearance at Frys, and the monitor because it was on sale at Newegg.
This build went surprisingly well. All memory detected and running XMP with no issued, CPU, storage, and GPU all recognized by the BIOS and successfully posted first time it was powered on. The only real issue that arose was that DP/HDMI output wouldn't work without graphics drivers so I had to get out a crappy Dell monitor from 2006 to install windows. Some of the thumbscrews that secured the back of the case seemed to go missing during installation but the two that remain seem to do a fairly nice job of holding things together. Kinda wish that the GPU came with a backplate though given its price tag. The computer runs pretty much inaudibly even under heavy load despite being in an open air case.
Coffee Lake runs HOT
I used the built in 5 GHz overclock profile on the motherboard and so far it seems to be rock solid with Prime95 running 3 hours without crashes. Could push it a bit further but the CPU is close to hitting 90o C on the package thanks to IntelPasteTM . Planning on delidding to lower the temps, but given the absolute scarcity of coffee lake chips at the moment, it doesn't seem like its worth the risk of being without a computer for three months.
Runs really hot while overclocked but performs well. IGP is helpful for diagnosing video card issues. Also marked up everywhere because Intel's production line seems to be running in a time warp.
Easy to install, quiet, all of the cooling performance, none of the fluff.
Good motherboard for the price, easy to navigate intuitive UEFI, wifi, 3 M.2 slots, and RGB lighting.
Performs well with low-ish latency, but the red color is a bit distracting if it doesn't go with a build theme.
Fast primary storage, throttles a bit under heavy load but still a lot faster than SATA.
Good video card but for the price it should have included a backplate.
Open air, great thermals, easy to build and work in.
Great monitor if you can get a good deal on it. Minimalist look (provided the back isn't showing) and the included stand is ok. Would have liked to see VESA mounting though.