EDIT 1: Thanks for the feature! I've lurked around the site for a few years now, quietly appreciating all the amazing builds everyone was posting. So glad to finally contribute to the community!
EDIT 2: As some of you requested, I've added a few pictures of the cable JUNGLE in the back - enjoy...
EDIT 3: FINALLY got the second M.2 drive in the mail! Build is now 100% complete, with a small extra on the way soon...
EDIT 4: Here we are a year later, and I've gone ahead and purchased the RTX 2080 Ti in anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077, as well to enjoy raytracing in the increasing library of games I play now that support it!
First I wanna thank not only the folks that made this site, but everyone that uses it and makes me comfortable knowing I'm not the only nerd that loves computers. Now for the story!
I've tinkered with computers for a few years now, starting out with an AMD FX-4350 and an R9 290X, happy just to be able to run Minecraft at 60 FPS on my $100 monitor. I continued adding and replacing parts until I was left with the end result earlier this year, a 7700K and a 1080. Back in February, however, I was facing some financial struggles and had to sell the love of my life, my gaming PC. I instantly made plans to build my next computer, entirely from scratch. This was to be a no holding back, balls to the wall, insane powerhouse of a gaming PC, and I had to make my first attempt at a custom hardline loop. I worked two jobs EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for five months straight to hoard as much money as I could, buying parts in batches as sales came and went, all in preparation for the release of RTX 2080Ti, because what's a gaming PC without stupidly overkill components? Missed out on a lot of friends' events and whatnot, but hey, there was a means to my madness!
Well, that changed on Monday when Huang spent a good two hours talking about ray tracing and avoiding the fact that their newest flagship card was going to run me $1,364 after tax and shipping, while also avoiding showing how much better the 2080Ti performs than the 1080Ti. I gave it some thought, and after initially jumping on the hype train, I canceled my preorder in severe disappointment. Bought a Strix 1080Ti OC for $550 the next morning, and with the remaining $800, I was able to buy my monitor and the waterblock for the graphics card, bringing the build as a whole to a finish - almost. I have yet to receive the 1TB 970 Evo in the mail, but as soon as it comes in, I will update the post!
I wanted to take pictures of the build progress, but seeing as I was putting this together as parts came in over the course of the last three months, that'd have been a little too difficult. I also have yet to stress test it for thermals and performance monitoring, but I will update the post as those come along too - was up until 4:30 this morning trying to get to a stable overclock while also making sure the fans aren't blowing up. For some reason, they were running way too loud with the default curve profiles. And while we're on the topic of these fans, yes I got 12 fans, yes I got more than I needed purely for the RGB (I mean, who doesn't?) and yes I spent $400 on air cooling for a water loop. Let's not talk about the absolute jungle of cables in the back...
And before any of the keyboard warriors break out their spreadsheets on how I could have gotten a better performance-per-dollar ratio and whatnot, just know that I KNOW I don't need 32GB of RAM for gaming, I KNOW the 8086K is just a binned 8700K, I KNOW I don't need HD 700s for gaming, I KNOW. Shhhhh, just look at the pretty lights :) I worked for this knowing exactly what I wanted, regardless of how stupid or overkill or unnecessary it was going to end up being. Thank you!
Anyways, after months of preparation and days of actually working on this thing, I'm proud to present Patience. Enjoy the pics, and thanks for checking out the build :)