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This is my first PC build from scratch as an upgrade from this PC, a custom built PC that I bought years ago when my laptop had died. After replacing a few parts I decided to start over and build my own PC from the ground up. After months of browsing through hundreds of builds on here and double-checking with friends for build advice, I finally pulled the trigger and put it all together. Thank you to all of you guys who posted on here and helped me piece together a new computer indirectly through your own builds.


I use this PC for ultrawide gaming, photo and video editing, and SolidWorks (I'm an engineering student). Handles everything I throw at it.

I wanted to go overkill on this build and make sure that no parts inhibited each other, so I'd have room to upgrade in the future without having to replace the whole system in order to add in a certain part. I stayed within reasonable value/dollar, hence the 2700X as opposed to Intel's 9900K, and a 2080 instead of the 2080-Ti (I used Excel spreadsheets with FPS and benchmark data compared to the price as the basis of my decision making). After running dual monitors on my previous build, I loved the concept of having so much space. For this build, I decided to upgrade to ultrawide in order to get rid of the spacing between monitors. In the excel spreadsheet I mentioned above, I narrowed my GPU range down to cards that could handle ultrawide gaming, namely the 1080-Ti, 2080, and 2080-Ti specifically. The 2080 paired with the Ryzen had the best performance per dollar ratio, so that's the CPU / GPU pair that I went with.

I originally decided on 16 GB of RAM after experiencing firsthand that it was plenty. When it came down to buying, 2x16 GB was actually cheaper per stick than 4x8 (in case I wanted to double the RAM in the future) so I went with 2x16 instead. After having problems with Aura ("Asus Aura stopped working..." still isn't fixed) and virtually none with iCue, looking back I would have opted for the Corsair Vengeance instead of the TridentZ.

After hearing the vocal negative reviews about CAM software, I opted for a Corsair AIO and fans. As mentioned, iCue has given me no problems. To limit the amount of RGB software (and subsequent problems when running multiple), I went for both a Corsair keyboard and mouse.

Originally I was looking at a 1000W PSU to allow some headroom for SLI or more SATA drives in the future, but a friend of mine recommended an 850W so as to keep the wattage within the optimal range of the PSU (50%-80% of the wattage used). This build uses about 450 currently.

I opted for a M.2 SSD instead of a SATA SSD after I got sucked in the supposed speed comparisons between the two (3 GB/s vs. 500 MB/s). Definitely overkill, and YouTube load time comparisons between the two showed that the difference was minute (around 1 sec difference for gaming loading screens). It works great though, Windows boots quickly and programs like Photoshop and Lightroom run quickly compared to my old PC.

Every accessory that was purchased for this build in addition to the main parts is listed at the bottom of the parts list (threaded PSU cables included).

The desk is from IKEA, as well as the chair. For more info, the specific items are linked at the bottom of my other PC build.

Comments

  • 8 days ago
  • 4 points

I absolutely love this classy B/W build! The part choices are definitely on-point, the photos are amazingly crisp and clear, and the I love the overall feel of this setup. Great work!

  • 8 days ago
  • 4 points

You're definitely an engineering student with more cash than I can imagine of having when I'm a college student.

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. It looks so clean.

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 points

I like that no step on snek thing. Everything else is amazing too.+1

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 points

no step on snek

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Very clean

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I love the Corsair theme you have going on.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

This build is amazing, nice pictures!

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 points

I love Halo Reach

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

That is exactly what I thought of when I saw the title. Especially with MCC coming to PC and all of that.

  • 22 hours ago
  • 1 point

YEEEEAAAHHHH BUDDY! Cant wait, but yeah, even the silver theme reminded me of ONI

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 points

I opted for a M.2 SSD instead of a SATA SSD after I got sucked in the supposed speed comparisons between the two

Nice build, but I don't really understand this statement. M.2 refers to a form factor, whereas SATA is a type of interface. (At least, that's what I think; this subject is kinda confusing to me.)
I assume you're referring to your choice of an NVMe SSD?

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... Pretty much everyone calls NVMe, m.2. Its just easier to say, I say m.2 as well, although NVMe is the correct terminology. Some people who are grammar Nazis, get soooo triggered by this but I personally dont care, we know what you mean by m.2

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 points

uh, no. I'm a frequent poster on several forums, and the majority say NVMe, or PCIe. you wouldn't refer to a graphics card as a PCIe Expansion card would you? Would you refer to a i7-8700k as a LGA1151 socketed chip?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

No. But everyone knows what you mean if you say m.2. There's no reason why I should go correcting people for saying m.2 in stead of NVMe...

  • 4 days ago
  • -1 points

There are M.2 SATA, and NVMe. Both are different. Someone might get suckered in to paying 20$ for a M.2 860 evo when they thought it was NVMe, or someone might see that their laptop has a m.2 slot, and put in a SATA SSD when the M.2 slot was PCIe only.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Lol my school runs solid works on 8th gen i5’s and gt 710s lol I plan to do the same ting as you but with more NZXT and i9 and 2070 combo nice build tho +1

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Wait wait, all 8th gen i5s come with Intel UHD 630 graphics right?? If you google "UHD 630 mobile vs gt710", it shows that the integrated graphics preform better than the gt710. Is there something in Solidworks that makes it run better with a dedicated GPU, even if normally it performs worse than integrated graphics?

unplug that display cable from your gpu to ur mobo lmao

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Lol it’s my school it might be a get 730 don’t do Dt anymore tho

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 points

try running some CUDA software on that UHD 630. Try hooking up 4 monitors to it.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful Build!!!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks elegant. And its very clean. Nice work.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Cable combs perhaps, but really that's just being overly picky. White/black looks super clean!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a leap from your last build. Very nice.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

What'd you do? Hire a fricking photographer??

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

That is a beautiful machine, and a beautiful set of images.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

What are the values for RGB that make it into that pure white color? Or is it the just the default settings?

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  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Prettyyyyyyyyyyy. Thx for all the beautiful pictures and angles. Step snek on no.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love the image great build

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Unfortunately it's probably too well-cooled for that pot plant on top to benefit from the computer's heat output...

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I like how the loose power cables contrast the sharpness of the components. Nice work!

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

get some cable combs. else, nice build.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Wow dude you spent a bunch though. Looks excellent. Would you mind running my build by your friends hahahaha https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gsbsD2 I'm new

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Your cpu is overkill if your graphics card is only a 2070. Get a 2080 or 2080 TI.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I have a 2080 in the build.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Great build then!

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Yeah? Does a watercooler worry you at all? Liquids and electronics? It's not good with a toaster and a bathtub. So I would expect the same result on a pc.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

this build is sick

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, I am currently collecting parts for a similar build.

It looks like only 2 intake fans going through a radiator and what looks like 3 exhaust with no obstruction - are you at all concerned about negative air pressure making this a dust magnet?

I was considering the same set up for my build (with a Fractal Design Define S2 case) but am now thinking of stripping out the top 2 fans to keep the internal air pressure positive, and maybe even squeezing another intake fan on the base.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good! I have the AURA and CAM software and knock on wood I haven't had any issues yet.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful execution. Great pictures.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

So Fresh and So Clean Clean!!

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey what did you us to take tho photos, and on what settings they look really good. Your build also looks amazing, try the lights on blue and pink, friends has a build like that and has the rgb on blue ans pink and it looks really nice. Upvote from be ^

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

wow, beautiful build!

how's the airflow? i'm planning on moving to a H700.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I love the simple look of this build! Instead of Rainbow RGB everywhere, you keep it looking sharp and classy with black and white. Amazing photography of it as well!

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

That thing looks absolutely amazing!!!

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Clean af

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Amazing