G'day ladies and gents!
Apologies for the late description, I know some of you have been waiting for it!
First and foremost, Thank you for stopping by and checking out my build! :D
This build has been going for over a year long. It all began after I finished uni, got my first full-time job, finally had funds to build a PC that I have been dreading to do for quite a while. So, I saved up money for a couple of months, did some researching and set out a budget and finally around July last year I finally pulled the trigger and slowly bought the parts.
I started out with a whole different list than what I listed and shown in the picture except for a few that stayed. I started out getting the i7-7700 (non-K) CPU, with a strix H270-F gaming motherboard. Yeah, I know some of you might question why would I go for a locked CPU? my reason, well it was because I did not know anything about overclocking and that being my first build I knew I would not be doing any of that.
Around July last year, the GPU was absurd, thanks to crypto mining getting a high-end GPU was out of my budget! even for a 1070 Strix OC model, even though with a "limited budget" back then, I managed to get a decent deal on it, so I ended up getting it.
Once I got all my parts together, I felt like a little kid again. Felt like Christmas! Took me a good 3 hours to get all the parts installed and working on my first go! was so relieved everything was working together and well. Although the first issue I faced sometime later was the PSU, at that time I bought the Corsair CX650M. I faced loud fan noise when the PC was running after a while under normal usage (browsing). Got it replaced with a corsair RM750x.
I enjoyed the PC for a good while, then all the coffee lake products launched along with the new z-370 chipsets. And soon I got the buyers remorse where I wanted the best of the best. I spent some sleepless nights thinking about whether I should upgrade or not. It was then and there I just decided to get what my heart desired. I upgraded to the 8700-K and the strix Z370-E and get a better case, the fractal design R6 in Gunmetal Grey. Boy, do I love this case so much, its such beauty and simple yet so elegant.
Slowly over time I replaced/upgraded the memory, from corsair vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3000Mhz to Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x8 GB 3200Mhz, replaced stock case fans with Thermaltake Riing 12 Plus Fans RGB (5 pack, but used only 4 atm). I had a 140 AIO, the Kraken x42, used it for a bit with the i7-7700, I knew it wouldn't be able to cool the 8700k, but I left it in stock clock speeds and thought it would be good enough, until one day. I pump failed on me. Instead of replacing it, my beautiful and wonderful GF bought me the EKWB A240 Fluid Gaming kit, for a first time custom water cooling kit, id say its worth the price, albeit it is an all Aluminium kit, WARNING anyone of you getting this kit beware, you cant mix copper with this kit if you wish to upgrade, they got stickers all over the kit warning you about it. Installing it was a breeze, it comes with everything you need for getting into the whole watercooling shenanigans. And I'm glad, it keeps the temps low, you may also be wondering why did I not get the kit with the GPU block, well it was a gift from my misses and she did not know anything about it so I do not blame her haha. Someday I do plan on going on a full hardline copper based water-cooling loop but for now I'm happy as is.
I ended up my build by getting some sweet sweet custom sleeved cables to finish up the aesthetic and look pretty while I glaze at the insides on my PC. So i went with the CableMod PRO Modmesh full corsair RMx series kit in Carbon to get along with the whole grey/silverish theme.
My setup is on top of Ikea linmon table top with 2 grey alex drawers to keep all my spare cables and other shizz.
I am most happy with how my build has turned out to be. It was one of my dream and glad I was able to do it. And I hope you too can do it too!
Thank you for taking your time to read this long (possibly boring) description lol. I added a lot of pictures because I wanted to share my build with you all, hopefully, it gives you some ideas as to your own desk setups one day.
If you have any questions feel free to ask below and i will happily answer them!
p.s. All criticism are welcome! :)