This was my first build in 12 years, so I had a lot of catching up to do. I read countless articles and watched dozens of YouTube videos about the latest tech and brands, so lots of time self-educating. I've had several laptops over the past few years with the last being a MSI VR63 Stealth, which allowed me to get back into gaming here and there, but I wanted something better, much better. A custom build which was capable of 4K gaming, and the ability to crank through multiple open spreadsheets, outlook, multiple browser tabs and apps for work. I already had the monitor, mouse and keyboard, but needed everything else. I was able to purchase half the parts for the build through selling the laptop.

I ran into one problem when it came time to put the build together. The glass panel on the Fractal Meshify C case broke when I took it off for the first time. Luckily the plastic peel kept it all intact. The guys are Fractal are the ****!! Sean responded to my ticket ASAP, and I had a replacement panel FedEx'd in 3 days. Their customer service is top-notch. A great experience as they felt were down to earth, respectful and just super awesome. It's always nice when companies treat you like a human.

I really like the Meshify C case for several reasons: 1) the design: It really stood out to me, with the textured front panel, 2) the airflow is great, 3) its a classy looking case; no gimmicks, no weird lines, extreme angles or colors. It's a mature case. The tinted glass really makes the lighting inside pop. 5) its small, but functional size. The parts fit well into the case with no major gaps. Its doesn't weight much and doesn't take up too much space on my desktop. 6) cable management is awesome. Its funny because cable management 10+ years ago wasn't a thing. You basically had to deal with ugly IDE cables and zipties held a clump of yellow, red and black wires together. It sucked.

I refused to pay the crazy prices for a 1080ti, so I bought a 1070 for cheap. I returned it a few days later when I found a barely used EVGA 1080ti SC Black Edition for sale on CL for really cheap. The system runs pretty quiet even when under load. It benchmarks into the 98-99 percentile on just about about every test out there. It benched a score of 9369 on Time Spy w/stock settings. I know I can get it a couple hundred points higher, which would put it close to the top in percentile.

I've yet to OC the GPU, but I've managed a successful 5ghz OC on the 8700K. Cinemark tests it well, and that's where the Corsair AIO gets cranking. I have tested it in Prime95, but not for a long period of time. I did not see temps above 85ºC. The max temp seen on the GPU so far has been 72ºC under Time Spy. I heard a little whine under the Passmark GPU bench, but only during low end 3D tests where frame rates were insanely highly. I included pics of the benchmarks. One is from the old 1070. The difference between that and the 1080ti is night and day.

I'm looking into brightening it up with some led strips, but nothing to fancy. I really dig the black/silver look. It's just a super clean, classy and timeless look.

Part Reviews


This CPU speaks for itself.

CPU Cooler

Time tested. Solid.

Thermal Compound

Bought into the TC hype. It was only a couple bucks anyway.


Always been a ASUS fan. Mid-tier board that looks awesome! I much prefer this board over their higher end Maximum products just on looks alone. This is just a clean, no gimmicky board.


I'm happy with it. Doesn't look gaudy. Its a clean look that fits my theme. I wish the lighting was just a little brighter though.


Went with this for just under $300, but originally was going to get the 256K stick. Glad I made the change.

Video Card

Build quality is just awesome. Makes everything else look cheap and lame, especially the PNY stuff. I love the lighting. 3 year transferrable warranty.. yes please.


A+. See my main write-up.

Power Supply

Does what I need. Sweet MOLEX connectors!


Skeptic at first. Just buy it. There's not a whole lot of options at this price point. Don't buy the ASUS ROG panel. I took it back. Bad panel.


Thought I was buying the $99 keyboard at the register. Looked at the girl funny like.. uh.. wtf.. bought it anyway. Keys are super sensitive.


My kid likes it because the G color cycles. Fits my giant hand well.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

My heart broke when I saw that Tempered Glass photo

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the worst man! I wasn't so much mad as I was sad. Ran without a glass panel for about a week :(

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

EVGA is awesome, I have an EVGA GTX 1080 Classified, and an EVGA G3 650W, but if you were a real fan, you would get EVGA fans, an EVGA case, an EVGA AIO, EVGA SC Ram, and an EVGA motherboard :/

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

lol just kidding, but you can actually make an all EVGA build, except for the CPU I think

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i almost went with the evga AIO. Not a bad idea though... maybe i could do a EVGA channel and evga builds. Sponsorship!!??!?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $345.45 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $118.11 @ Amazon
Motherboard EVGA - Z370 Classified K ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $277.19 @ Newegg
Memory EVGA - SuperSC 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory -
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $154.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 HYBRID GAMING Video Card $1399.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Case EVGA - DG-77 ATX Mid Tower Case $169.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 1600W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $574.79 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3040.41
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-22 00:15 EDT-0400

no evga storage but here is basically an example list

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

they have a few different ram kits, they have two z370s and a few x299 motherboards, obv many different gpus and psus, and they also have mid and full tower atx cases, i dunno maybe

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Does ur dad need a 1080ti and i7800k

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

I am the dad!!

  • 23 months ago
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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I just wanted to second the note about Fractal's support. My Define R5 arrived with the rear exhaust fan having a defective bearing that made the fan really loud. Sean responded to my ticket as well and I had a new fan in a few days. Love that there are still companies out there like that. Anyway great build my friend!

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