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Made the mistake of purchasing an Alienware Aurora r5. Little did I know that most of internals were either unbranded (MSI aero 1070) or proprietary Dell parts, all of which were not friendly to upgrade. After spending too much on the pc itself, adding an SSD and an additional 16gb of ram, I hit a wall. About a year or so with my Alienware, I started looking at custom builds. My friend brought his PC over and I fell in love with the NZXT s340 elite case that he used. After purchasing that case and swapping over what I could (gpu and ram), I sold the Alienware and went all in. After a few months of my own research an upgrades, I rebuilt in the NZXT h700i. Plenty of room for future expansion, and so far I've seen a drop in all temps (idle and stress).

slight overclock on all cores to 4.4ghz

Even though the 1080ti is the DT variant, it's stable at 2050mhz. It crashes if I push it anymore than that.

I eventually plan to upgrade the main display to 120hz+ and probably throw a 2080ti in later down the road.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

holy mother of clean builds and great photography... i'm speechless

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It’s seen a few changes but I’m pretty happy with it!

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

in love...

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

awesome build ! where did you buy the i7 8700k for 260 dollars ? in belgium where i live it costs 450 euro ! so expensive :(

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Local sale. Definitely got lucky with that one

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

An amazing build and an even nicer set up

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

I still dont understand the DT version of EVGA cards....... Are you really hitting 2050mhz stable? What does it self boost to without any modification?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve heard it’s just a matter of luck with these. I purchased the DT version on accident and decided to give it a try. I’m not sure, I’ll have to reset it to factory tuning and give it a go. I’ll keep you posted!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Its very interesting and seems like just marketing? i dont know.

Both my GTX 1080 and GTX 1080ti Kingpin that i own self-boost to 1987mhz stock. I can overclock the kingpin past 2025mhz

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

default settings, core clock 1450mhz

boost @ 1847mhz

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

properly cool bro

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well combined!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Any issue with the aio blocking the first ram slot?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

There’s a tiny bit of pressure, but it’s certainly not blocking it

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I have never seen a build I like more than this one. The electric blue LEDs look AMAZING. Good job.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! This seems to be the color scheme I always come back to every time I try to change it lol

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the simple black with white LED scheme. I may do that as well.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

This is one clean and quality build! Congrats! The whole room there is exceptional! Bravo!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate it!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

wow....i'm speechless

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a good thing I hope!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I was gathering components for a build but was humming and haying about some of them until I saw this one! Couldn't get the exact same GPU but as near as dammit and still researching the memory and storage options before committing..... I'll keep you folks posted........ great looking rig by the way

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Let me know what you decide to go with!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Before I saw your build I already had the same case (gift), PSU, CPU and CPU cooler (gift) so I've copied your motherboard, GPU and memory selection albeit I've only gone for 16 GB worth as opposed to your 32. Just checking out storage now although I've set my mind on a TB worth. Some components arriving today so will have to pull my finger out on the storage if I want to start getting on with the build.... can I ask you why you decided to go with 32GB of memory?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I also do quite a bit of work in photoshop, so working with dual displays I wanted as much memory as possible!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Was editing my purchased parts list when this flagged up, did you have this issue? "The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled. The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated with a PCIe-based M.2 drive, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled."

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn’t cause any issues at all

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, did panic just a little when it got flagged up but after a bit of reading and consultation realised it's not that big a deal.... commenced the build, memory arriving today and SSD's tomorrow, GPU in a few days (supposedly!) so all coming together nicely....

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Goldstarlabs, I hope you don't mind but I've acknowledged your build as the governing factor for my one, just waiting for the moderator to accept it. Thanks again for the inspiration..

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

hey this might be a lot to ask but I was wondering if you could run a few games on the U2518D and let me know how it performs, I'm looking to buy one for Adobe Ps and Ai as well as gaming and I'm curious as to if there is any noticeable ghosting or anything. Ive scoured the internet for reviews but non really touch on gaming performance. Cheers

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven’t used it for gaming, it’s strictly used as a second monitor to run background apps while gaming/working in adobe Ps. If I ever change it from a vertical setup to a horizontal layout I’ll test it out and let you know!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Quick question: I hear the Krakens come with thermal paste already applied. Were you happy with that or did you add paste?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always removed the paste and applied my own!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought a bunch of NZXT crap for my build too - is CAM really that awful?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think so. I haven't had many issues and I personally think it's the most aesthetically pleasing monitoring software. I will say that I noticed better temps on my GPU with EVGA precision XOC than with CAM, so now I just leave both running.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Gold,

great build. What you did style-wise is exactly what I am about to do on the weekend with my new build. I have all the gear, I am just missing the RGB fans and the lighting around the edge of the case. The lighting around the edges is the build in H700i ones, right?

I did go with the Fractal R6 over the H700, and I am looking to recreate it now with something else. Just wanted to know if you had an idea. Also, why did you go for the Aer fans over the Corsair LLs or Thermaltake Riing Trios?

Cheers!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The h700i only has one RGB strip built in. I had the RGB kit from my previous build so it easily connected to that with no issues! I also have the hue hub that controls all of the Aer fan RGB, while the smart hub actively controls the fan speeds.

My choice in fan was just a personal one, mostly for looks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

What mousepad is that?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the Razer Goliathus chroma!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

what are you using to mount both monitors? nice setup btw :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice desk - did you make it yourself?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! Couldn’t find a desk with the dimensions I wanted at the time (that wasn’t ridiculously expensive) so I ended up making one.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredibly clean and LOVE the photography. What monitors are you using?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks!

Dell u3415w

Dell u2518d(vertical)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to fit the PCIe wifi adapter in the x1 slot directly under the graphics card or is there not enough space? Great build btw.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely could! I just didn’t like how close it was to the fan. I’m not sure it would really affect performance but I didn’t want to risk it. Thanks!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Both monitors are actually mounted to an arm. I don’t have the patience to wall mount them lol. The panels are called Nanoleaf Aurora