Build Name: SENTINEL
Purpose of Build: Gaming, Simulation (Fluid/Aero Dynamics), Rendering and Content (Model) Creation
It was time for a new build and with enough savings, decided on an upper mid-tier build. I wanted a beast on my desk to run AAA titles and 3D Model Simulation and 4K renders equally. Thus the name Sentinel. Definitely, I wanted Sentinel to glow in the dark and so RGB accents were necessary. I chose a black on black build with a touch of white and left it to the RGB to synchronize the rest of the colours according to my liking.
Kicking off with an Intel i7-8700k processor, I will be overclocking in time to come and thus the choice of an unlocked version of the chip. The 8700k runs cool between 30 to 36 degrees during very light usage and idle mode. Gaming and simulation benchmarks have yet to be established for this build.
I went ahead with the Asus Geforce GTX1080 OC 8 GB Gaming Strix GPU. It was a tough decision between the 1080 and 1080 Ti, but simply put, the extra 25 to 30 FPS was something I could do without, especially with its soaring cost, the Ti was simply out of reach for me. If cost were not an issue, it would have been a definite yes for the Ti. Also on the practical side, I was agreeable to 60 to 120 FPS from the 1080 and my monitor is a 1440p 144Hz beast itself. High settings for games were enough, less the need for the ultra-settings. I was initially compelled to go for the MSI Geforce GTX1080 Ti Trio, but it was out of stock almost everywhere and cost was taking a hit as well. However, choosing the Asus did not let me down for the strix itself comes with amazing VRM control phases with massive heat sinks running cool with not 1 but 3 PWM fans. Asus’s build quality has no discrepancies and zero coiI whine during usage.
For the motherboard, I decided upon the Asus Maximus X Hero (Wifi AC). The motherboard is an absolute beast in itself. Aesthetics, needless to say, was beautiful and many things compelled me to choose this board. Firstly, the amazing and intricate BIOS Asus created with this motherboard was just lovely to use. An integrated IO shield, dedicated DAC chip and Nichicon gold capacitors for HD audio, robustly built VRM phase management with solid chokes for voltage control and a perfectly built heat sink to keep those boys cool, reinforced PCI-e slots, quick buttons for restarting and resetting the BIOS firmware, 2 USB 2.0 headers which allowed me to use my Thermaltake Riing controller, multiple fan and rgb headers to make the build just a little more cool and colourful and finally the solid and quality build of the motherboard itself.
Overclocking would definitely require a massive cooler, especially realising that the 8700k runs hot out of the box without a delid. So, I chose the Cryorig H5 Universal cooler, which also complimented my build with its white heat sink faceplate. I chose the universal over the ultimate mainly due to RAM clearance, as I was not going to use a low profile RAM. I have no words to describe how beautiful and massive the cooler was in my hands. It had, in my opinion, the best look for a cooler and the massive 140 XT fan was just amazing to look at. Installation was a breeze and once it was set up, I was honestly taken aback by how big it was in comparison to the motherboard. Luckily, I did not go for the Cyrorig R1, which I felt, might be overkill for the job. A little overclocking will do as of now I guess. The clearance between my case’s tempered glass and the cooler was about 30mm which was enough for a clean airflow.
RAM was a 16 GB corsair vengeance RGB 3000MHz which I do not plan to overclock. Leaving at stock would be enough as of now for most of the gaming ventures in mind. Skipping the SATA drives, let me introduce the Cooler Master MC600P mid-tower casing. It might be a mid-tower, but god is it massive. Its sleek aesthetics had me dumbfounded. The tempered glass glass paired with the matt black build gave the case a beastly but stealthy look which when lighted up with the RGB was just superb. The case came with 3 140mm cooler master fans, 2 front and 1 rear, which I reconfigured all 3 to the front instead for maximum air intake. For exhausting the hot air, I purchased a 3-pack thermaltake riing 140mm fan kit. As shown in the images above one fan was installed to the rear and the remaining 2 were installed at the top of the case. This was done as hot air rises based on convection theory and the 2 top fans help to exhaust this hot air out efficiently. The case is spacious and comes along with HDD and optical modular drive bays for convenient placement, removal and installation. Along with that, the case comes with a PSU top shroud, which means the PSU air intake is from the bottom of the case. The shroud allows for 2 SSD installations which can also go to the back of the case and for those neat cable lovers, there is a cable management shroud that literally cleans out the build for you. The case can also take in E-ATX builds easily. In one word, the MC600P is astounding.
To power Sentinel, I threw in a Seasonic Prime Gold 850W PSU. It might be a bit of an overkill as of now, as a 650W is actually more than sufficient, but I have in mind to build an SLI setup in future (maybe another 1080?) and to accommodate for 2 GPUs, the 850W is a perfect choice. Others might go for a 1000W, but based on the power calculator provided by Seasonic I decided to stick to a 850W.
So this is it, Sentinel has come to life and is up and running. Gonna give it a run for the money and enjoy its beastly capacity. I would love to thank my girlfriend Piriya, who motivated me to carry out this build and make it a success and thank you all who took the time to patiently read this long post!!!
- Benchmarks have not been established, thus there is no information on them as yet
- The cost stated in the parts list exclude certain parts as there are no cost available at the moment