I started with a 3 year old gaming laptop, a Logitech G502 mouse and a gleam in my eye. After 10 years of laptop and console gaming, I finally snapped. I wanted more! Cue this slightly excessive build.
Monitor: I'd really bought into the attractive Asus suite and after comparing Acer and Asus monitor for some time decided I preferred the Asus monitors finish enough to justify the price increase. My final internal struggle was IPS vs TN. After reviewing my build, I decided performance has always been primary and aesthetics secondary, so I went for the ROG SWIFT PG278QR. I decided I would prefer 1440P with high FPS over 4K 60FPS.
Keyboard: I decided to get a logitech keyboard as I've had the mouse several years and it's been great. The G910 keyboard I purchased broken from ebay for £39. The switch under the D key was broken. I ordered a Romer G switch from Ebay, a couple of pounds from China. Then following some youtube videos and doing my first ever solder, voila, working RGB keyboard for nice and cheap.
Case: I think this is the component I changed the most. After looking into good cases for a first build, I ended up looking at some of corsairs offerings, along with phanteks and Fractal. After ruling out the corsairs I liked the look of, seeing people have some trouble with phanteks airflow, I ended up with the Meshify C. The Tempered glass edition looked a bit nicer to me so went for that one! I chose dark TG as looking at finished builds I like the way RGB components shine through and you can see the components but not in full detail. Very happy with the finished look, although it's kind of hard to take good photos of in the dark! The case was roomy and a pleasure to build and cable manage in! I regret connecting the front IO to the motherboard after the CPU cooler though, that was a chore.
Motherboard: I like the look of the Asus Auto overclocking features, as I have never overclocked before. Plan is to overclock with this and then gradually move to manual overclock as I learn more. A question to the pcpartpicker forums left me comfortable that the Z370-E meets my requirements. I'm very happy with my choice so far, it's been excellent for overclocking and quite user friendly as my first build
Processor: I was originally going with an 8700K but some last minute extra cash I wasn't expecting allowed the jump up to the 8086K. I have this overclocked to a stable 5GHZ using the Asus auto tune profile for intel 8th gen processors. Tested using Intels processor testing tool as well as fur mark, passes all tests and benchmarks very well. No issues in games after overclocking.
Cooling: I switched cooler over 5 times whilst deciding on parts. I started off convinced an AIO is the way forward. Doing some extra research led me to believe that noctua make some really fantastic products, and I ended up settling on the NH-D15S to provide powerful cooling whilst ensuring compatability. I purchased the 3 pack of coolermaster fans to fit to the front of the case as intake, which should also look good with Aura Sync RGB. Then, the remaining 3 noctuas for case fans. The plan is 2 intakes on top of the case and one exhaust at the rear. The D15S will be rotated to maintain this direction of airflow so hopefully everything will be nicely cooled.
SSD: - Currently only use about 500GB on my laptop hard drive. Figured 1TB should do me for a while and wanted something fast to complement . Will probably add a cheaper less fast SATA SSD to move media files to if the 970 Evo 1TB starts getting full. UPDATE:- After a week on my PC only 200GB left, additional storage will be required soon. I like buying games.
Graphics Card: As the main component running the games I wanted to go really all out, and doing a little research left me choosing betweein the ROG Strix 1080TI OC and non OC versions. After the choices I've already made it seemed silly not to get the OC. (A slippery slope I know.). After attempting to manually overclock this further, I had some crashing in games so settled for the prebuilt OC profile on the Asus AI tweaker program. This is a very mild overclock but eliminated the crashing.
RAM: I wanted RGB Aura sync to go with the motherbooard and GPU. Looking through the list of fully compatible RAM, Trident G.Skill seemed like my preferred option. Went for DDR4 4000Mhz as it's the best speed my motherboard can support. 16GB should be plenty to start with. Maybe upgrade to up to 32GB further down the line if it seems worth it, can't see myself needing it for now. Overclocking it using XMP profile didn't work, so manually upped the overclock and settled on 3700Mhz as the best speed I can get whilst maintaining stability.
PSU: This beast needs to be well powered so I opted for a platinum rated EVGA Supernova P2 650W. This leaves me a little headroom should I need it in the future and is a nicely efficient fully modular power supply. Was a joy, every cable under the sun included in one sexy package.
OS: Bought Windows 10 pro because I want all the features.
NOTES POST BUILD: The 3rd front intake 120mm fan would only fit by removing the shroud cover at the end of the case, which unfortunately has exposed some wires.
The ROG Strix Z370-E only has 2 x RGB headers so I had to use the controller that came with the fans and have to set their colour independently of the motherboard. It also has a total of 6 fan headers including the CPU header, so I wasn't able to connect my 3rd
So far it runs witcher 3 and destiny 2 max graphics at 165Hz, the lowest it has dipped on either is 120Hz, completely unnoticeable thanks to Gsync.
1TB is not big enough for first gaming PC. Enthusiasm dictates many games must be bought immediately. Do not be Naive!
As my first build this was actually surprisingly easy and fun to complete. (Did have sweaty palms clipping the processor in though, argh). Any questions / suggestions hit me up!