Soooooo... Since using a Sandy Bridge to bottle neck a 1080ti for at least 6 to 8 months now, I decided I REALLY should upgrade and move to my own system right before all the sales.. My partner and I previously shared the one set up - her, a graphic design super hero and an admin wizard by day and me, well, me at night. We like everything different from mouse speed to set height. Naturally this was a perfect fit for the last 2 years and it wasn't at all frustrating to close all her auto-start-up work apps that ate 3/4s of the RAM before notepad could max it.
Haphazardly I picked up the 1080ti on a random off chance at a decent price from a mate, a plan I never clearly made or thought through at the time. I mean, who puts a turbo charged fighter jet in to a 1957 bendy bus? Me, that's who.. But, I digress, here we are at the completed build!!
I really like to make my life hard so I decided to go the 3700x since I had such a good time with the A8-7600 APU on the HTPC... Nothing like fighting settings, crashes, low frame rates and constant disappointment to really help you relax with the home theatre PC. Add to this my disillusionment with Windows and I decided to give a Linux distribution by the name of Manjaro a go with an Nvidia GPU - a triple threat of 'No Nos'
My CS:GO friends: "AMD is **** for latency and frame rates! Get the 9700K!"
People actually with bigger brains than me: "You should go AMD for Linux cos it's drivers are open source and are way better than Nvidia!"
My inner demons: You're in an existential crisis and you're never gonna make it! GIVE UP
My inner monologue: "you're drunk idiot, go to bed before you break something"
So I promptly went ahead and purchased (at inflated prices yes) with my dollerydoos and turns out, it was the smoothest build I've done so far! Wat? Everything worked out of the box: The hardware was flawless; XMP and OC lols with one button press; the OS was easy mode to install; the GPU worked on first start up, and the games I play seamless... Sure, I could mess around and tighten it up and squeeze more out of the system, but I'm lazy, and something something PC.
"What the actual hell?! This is awesome!" I proclaimed while admiring the fruits of all the minimal labour I contributed to it's success. Linux and the hardware on offer today has come a long way baby.