Uni Finals in three weeks? No problem! Let me build my first PC - I'm doing everything but revising. As much as I do pretend to love programming, there was something extremely satisfying with building my first PC only to be greeted by POST errors; followed by disassembling the whole thing only to realise the RAM wasn't pushed in properly... Well those issue are behind me now and she's turned out a beauty. Can't believe it took me 19 years to do this.
Painting the front Mesh was a pain - I f***ed it up the first time and the white triangles looked more like a 4 year old drawing a square. After buying some painters tape and black satin spray paint I managed to fix it up. More or less.
Other than that, the build itself was a pleasure.
Case: Fractal Design's Meshify C A pleasure to build in, especially for a beginner. The manual was pretty easy to follow along during the build itself. As for the case post-build, it's amazing. Loved the balance between size and weight. Being able to fit in the components snugly within a modest case is the highlight. Amazing for minimalist designs, with cable management being a breeze - especially for those without as much experience. The PC seems to get good airflow - fans themselves rarely have to spin up on average use.
CPU: i7-8700k CLOCKED @ 5.1GHZ (1.3V Not Delidded) Upgrading from an older i7-4770k, the old CPU was by no means slow but the difference in-game is very noticeable. I find myself finally able to hit 144fps on max settings alongside my GPU which is great as I have the monitor to with it but could rarely get that framerate without turning down settings.
My overclock itself has gone through the generic Prime95 4 hr tests people tend to do. I haven't delidded it (yet) but havent really had too much of an issue with temps. During stress testing it would peak at about 92 degrees though tended to stay around the 80's. During gaming I haven't had an issue with it heating up
CPU Cooler: h7 QUAD LUMI Which brings me to my Cooler. Honestly, my last build had the stock intel cooler so the upgrade had me laughing at myself. Absolutely love the cooler itself. It's affordable but more than able to keep temps running low. I'd probably be able to push a higher OC with a more expensive cooler but all things considered I'm very happy with it. It also comes with sexy LED's both on the logo and underglow on the CPU. Only thing I found tedious was the CAM software that comes with it. It's not all that optimised and can be buggy.
GPU: RTX 2080 Gigabyte Amazing card as expected... but AORUS engine sucks hot anus ***... I'd buy from a different brand if possible. Card itself is a beauty though x
Speakers: Harman Kardon Soundsticks iii Beautiful, elegant, pleasure to the ears. These things have aged well.