This is my first build ever (take it easy on me), though I had a little knowledge on how to, I never had the time to build a PC and always opted to buy a pre-built rig.
Basically this build is just for gaming and a little streaming, (DOTA2 and PUBG). I had a pre-built i7-4770 before this build, and when I started playing PUBG, I figured its time for an upgrade.
Originally I had my eyes on the DAN CASE v2, but due to price and availability, I went with the Evolve Shift. No regrets so far. Phanteks makes great cases and this one really caught my eyes.
I originally had the EVGA 1080TI FTW3, but due to its lengthy size, I barely have enough space for fans and radiator, so I went back to the founder's edition 1080TI. Also, the FTW3 would thermally throttle due to how the placement of the GPU. For a SFF build as I've read, it's always recommended to go for a blower GPU since there's barely enough room for airflow and this case is no exception.
I've tried numerous tweaks on trying to achieve 5GHz, but due to high temps and how the case is designed and the fact that its only a single, thin, radiator build, I have no choice but to clock down to 4.8GHz to get my desired temperatures.
Overall, I'm quiet happy with my build. It's an eye candy in my desk and more than enough performance wise for what I'd use it for.
Coming from a 4770, it's not a world of a difference. I overclocked my 7700k to 4.8GHz with a stable 70C under load. I would get between 80-90C when overclocked to 5GHz under load.
Aesthetically, this cooler is cool AF ( no pun intended). It came with an extra LED strip and LED control just in case your motherboard didn't have the pins for LED control. Noise wise, I can barely hear the pump and the fan that came with it is pretty quiet. My only gripe is that the LED colors is only one dimensional.
Great motherboard as expected from ASUS.
Aesthetic AF. Great speeds as well. I just kinda wish they had a 16GB option for a single channel.
Great for an old SSD.
Previously, I had the FTW3 1080TI by EVGA, but due to how my case was, it was thermal throttling ranging from 75-85C. The founder's edition fixed that. Highest temps that I've got so far from the FE 1080TI is 70C. Only thing that I didn't like the 1080 TI was availability due to cryptos. Other than that, great value per dollar.
A fun and unique case to build with. Phanteks did a great job on making this case as user friendly as possible. First off, the manual is very useful, color printed and clear instructions on how to get around this case. Every air vent has dust filters which is a big+!
Probably the quietest PSU I've owned. A bit overpriced due to it being a SFF PSU.
Great Halo for a non RGB fan. A bit overpriced though.
I got a good deal out of this storage. Basically on par with the 960 EVO m.2. Even came with a free acronis download.