It was finally time to replace my aging X79 rig. Originally I was going to go with the X299 platform but once I heard Coffee Lake was being released sooner than expected, I held off.
The parts in this build were chosen to be cost effective, yet of reasonable quality. If it isn't obvious by the parts list, I like RGB lighting. At first, I was just going to reuse everything from my old rig (CPU, MOBO, RAM aside), but decided to go with a smaller form factor. Typically, I stick with ATX or larger builds, but seeing as how Multi-GPU setups are becoming a thing of the past, I no longer need the space. The only part reused is the Strix 1080 Ti. It is going to be replaced with a GTX 970 so the old computer is still fully functional.
CPU: I currently have an i7 3930K, so going with anything lesser (total threads), was not an option in my mind. Therefore the only CPU choice was the 8700K. While its arguable that the 8700K isn't much faster than an overclocked 3930K, its single thread performance still blows it away. This rig will primarily be used for gaming, hence wanting the higher single core performance.
Cooler: Great reviews, RGB. Original plan was to go with the Swiftech H240 X2 Prestige, but I could never find one in stock, and ultimately it wouldn't sync up with the rest of the RGB lighting.
Motherboard: This is a place holder until the ASUS Strix Z370-G becomes available. Impatience is a sad thing, but I couldn't wait 2-3 weeks for the ASUS motherboard to become available. It will be swapped ASAP and sold at a loss.
Memory: Fast enough, very tight timings, RGB. For only $60 more than it's cheapest competitor (at 3200mhz), it offered substantially tighter timings and it has RGB lighting. I went with 2x 16GB for expand ability. Aesthetically, using 4 dimms would have looked much better. XMP is currently not working with motherboard. All settings must be entered manually for it to boot correctly.
SSD: Fastest M2 drive available. 500GB should suffice for OS and a few games. 1TB was on the wish list but couldn't justify it's price.
HDD: Cheap storage, fast enough for its purpose.
GPU: Looks good, performs good, stays cool. Lighting will sync up with motherboard once I get the ASUS.
Case: I've been eyeing up the bigger brother to this case for about 2 years. Once an mATX version came out, I was sold. Fairly simple case to work with, albeit with a few draw backs. It's difficult to see in the pictures, but with a larger PSU, you have virtually no space to work with. I had to choose which cables I needed, and then install the PSU. There is only about 1inch of clearance between the PSU and the HDD cage. In hindsight, I could have removed the HDD cage first, and then installed PSU. Also, the magnets on the back panel aren't quite strong enough. Even with the cables tight and in place, there is still too much pressure on the panel for the magnets to make proper contact.
PSU: Cost effective, quiet, and I've never had any issues with Corsair. 1000w is definitely overkill. I like headroom, and the CPU and GPU will be overclocked. I also wanted the option to SLI in the future, should I ever decide to. If I would have gone with a more conservative 850w PSU, there definitely would have been more room for the cables between PSU and HDD cage.
Fans/Lighting: I weighed out my options, which were limited to Thermaltake or NZXT for sync-able lighting. Ultimately going to with NZXT was the cost effective route because the fans and HUE+ were on sale. The CAM, GSkill and MSI lighting software do not play nice together. Hopefully some software updates come out soon to alleviate the issues.
Overclocking: I've managed to overclock it to 4.8Ghz stable @ 1.285v. Under typical loads, it doesn't get hotter than 73c. Using Prime95 and Intel Burn Test it got up to 90c. The stress tests were done with the Kraken X62 at max fan and pump speed. Under gaming/typical testing, the fan/pump was set to performance mode or 50%. At 5.0ghz, the cpu simply gets too hot. It will require a custom loop or delidding to have temperatures I'm comfortable with. Once the 8700K is readily available, I will be delidding mine. While overclocking, one of my memory dimms decided not to light up anymore. Definitely super buggy software. The memory is overclocked to 3466mhz @ 15-15-15-36. I'll be tinkering more with the memory later.
Pay no mind to the prices listed. They are not accurate. I will update the price list when I can find all of the receipts. Keep in mind, CDN dollars.