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It's been a while since my last "serious" build (2014) and there are a lot of games coming out I want to play (Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Metro Exodus, etc), so I decided to put together something else. I have never done a mainly white-themed build so I figured this was a good time to do so and I'm glad that I did; I think the part selection came out nice and everything looks pretty good together.
The Name: Outpost 31 is the research facility from John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing, which happens to be my favorite horror movie of all time, and is definitely in my top 10 movies as well. I wanted to have a little lighting in the case but not too much RGB overload, and I think with the LEDs on white or blue, it kind of channels that feeling and look.
CPU: The 8700K was an easy choice for me. The last ATX build I did, I had a 4770K that was OCd to 4.5GHz, so I'd like to try for a little higher with this one. I haven't tinkered with any settings as of yet but it's first on the list of things to do now that the build is complete.
Cooler: I thought about doing a custom loop this time, but decided to go with another AIO for the time being. Instead of Corsair this time, I went with the Kraken X62 Rev. 2, mainly because of the aesthetics. IMO, it looks much cleaner and nicer than the H-Series coolers from Corsair. I also really dig the effect on the CPU block.
Motherboard: I really liked the look of the Z370-A and it fits nicely with the color scheme of the rest of the parts. I like the subtle RGB lighting behind the board as well.
Memory: I usuall stick with 16GB of RAM and 32GB is pretty redundant and overkill for gaming, but I wanted to have memory in all the slots on the motherboard, so I opted to go with a full set. I had considered a set of RGB RAM but keeping with the theme, went with the Kingston instead. I actually really like the heat spreaders on this set.
Storage: Not much to say here. Went with a 500GB SSD for the OS and a few programs and the 2TB HDD for the majority of my games and media. I kind of wish I had gone with NVMe now, but that may be a future upgrade.
GPU: Instead of going with the 1080 Ti, I got the 1080 I have in here now on sale, with the intention of a future upgrade to an RTX-series card once they come down in price (one day).
Case: This is pretty much what I based the whole build around. I really liked this case from the first time I saw it and it's what made me decide to go ahead with a white-themed build. The tempered glass looks great, and the PSU shroud really helps clean up the look of the case.
PSU: Not much to say about this one; it was a decent price, in the wattage I was looking for, and is fully modular.
Fans: In keeping with the theme, I got rid of the stock black fans that came with the case and got two BitFenix PWM fans that are plugged into the splitter from the Kraken so they can be controlled like the ones sitting on the radiator.
Monitor: Pretty happy with this one, definitely my favorite part of the build other than the machine itself. I decided to step up to 1440p and I wanted to get something that had a high refresh rate with G-Sync as well. So far I am extremely happy with this monitor and I can't see going back to a 1080p 60hz now.
Mouse: I moved from a Logitech G400s to this mouse. I like the G400s and will keep it around but I'm really digging the G502 as well. Strangely enough, the main point of contention for most people (the scroll wheel) is one of my favorite parts; I like being able to "unlock" it and scroll freely, and with the refresh rate on the monitor, it makes web browsing really nice.
Keyboard: I REALLY like this keyboard. For the past 8 years or so I've been using a Ducky Shine DK9008S (Cherry MX Red) which has been great. I will be using that one at work now. This Vortex is really sweet though and although I'm sure at times I'll miss the numberpad, I really like the form factor and the retro look of it. The Cherry MX Blues are great for typing.
Headphones: Before buying these, I have been using a pair of Turtle Beach X12's that I had for console gaming since around 2011. Those started to have issues, so I picked up these after asking around and watching some reviews. So far I'm pretty happy with them. The 7.1 surround is nice for certain games, but is terrible for music, and as such I usually leave it turned off.
Case Lighting: This was just a cheap set I picked up off Amazon and for the price, I have no complaints about them. I have a feeling at some point in the future I'll have to either upgrade or put new adhesive on, but as of now they work great and the RF adapter and remote control are nice to have to change colors/effects.
Extension Cables: There are a lot of brands to choose from out there but I've never had any issues with BitFenix cables, so I decided to pick up a set again for this build.
In all, I'm really happy with how everything turned out. I'm eager to see what I can get for a stable overclock on the CPU and how everything will perform on the upcoming games I'm looking forward to. Thanks for looking!