This is the first pc I've built since the early 90s, and was an antidote to my existing gaming pc which was a pre-built machine from MSI.
My old pre-built, while well spec'd, had so many horrible compromises (cheap PSU/bargain basement ram/sub par motherboard etc...) that I just wanted a pc where I knew every component was a quality one with no weak links, so the only real option was to build my own.
Unfortunately I'm an idiot and chose to build a gaming pc right when GPU and RAM prices are at their peak, so the whole build is probably £350-450 more than it really should be, but hell, it's fast, it's pretty and was fun to build!
I know not everyone will agree with my choice of components, I've already had people tell me I should have gone for Ryzen and Vega because they're faster for less money, or I should have used a Noctua cooler instead of an AIO. But in my defense, I haven't built a PC in 25 years, I expect I have made a few mistakes here and there.
I was originally going to name it White Coffee (it's white, it's got a coffee lake cpu, you see where I was going...) But as a name, "The Overpriced Build" is more apt!
It's mostly finished, although I would still like to upgrade the current tempered glass side panel to the gorgeous curved one Thermaltake launched at CES earlier this year. The 1080ti GPU is also a bit of a stopgap until gtx versions of Volta launch hopefully later this year.
32Gb ram was probably a bit unnecessary too, but It just looked damn strange with 2 empty ram slots, stupid, I know, but in a build where every component is on show, it would of driven me mad!
Dont judge me too harshly for the RGB lightshow, my last pc was an understated little grey box, i wanted to go a totally different direction + we all know More RGB=More FPS!