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Dude's First Build

by thedude4bides

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This was my first build and I'm very excited about it. The goal was to build a semi-quiet air-cooled over-clockable gaming machine capable of taking advantage of my Alienware 34" G-Sync monitor's 3440x1440 resolution. I did about a month of research into the parts regarding things such as price, compatibility, and gaming performance while keeping things under $1500.

GPU I'll start with the GPU as that was anchor of the system. Had to be G-sync so I had to go team green. 1080ti's were about $1200 when I started shopping parts so that was out. It then became a battle between the 1080 and the 1070ti. I was more than comfortable going with the GTX 1070ti as all reviews suggest OC'ing get's near 1080 results. Perusing Amazon I saw the EVGA 1070 ti FTW Ultra Silent on sale for $510 and pulled the trigger as it was $729 two weeks earlier. Now all of a sudden things had gone from ideas to action and it was time to buy the rest of my parts!

CPU Next up the CPU had to be unlocked so it was between the 8700k and 8600k. Chose the latter as it is quite capable for gaming while being $140 cheaper. Have it stably clocked to 4.8ghz on a Hyper EVO 212 currently and temps stay around 65C running prime.

Motherboard Mobo is the area where I compromised the most. Would have loved to get one with wifi, usb C, etc. but those are "nice-to-haves" in my situation so I settled on the MSI Z370 Gaming Plus for $90 AR. I like the BIOS and MSI's apps/utilities but my impatience with learning a new-to-me BIOS had me using Intel XTU for OC'ing out of the gate. I'll learn it in due time if/when I want to OC further (spoiler alert: I do and I will). All in all it is quite capable for my needs without all the bells and whistles you see on boards out there today.

Memory Snagged 16gb (2x8) G.Skill Ripjaws V Series for $160 on an eBay sale. Black looks good with the red and black themed MSI Gaming Plus board and XMP capability takes full advantage of the sticks.

Case Went with Rosewill Challenger S for $45 shipped. I like the looks. It's light. It wasn't too difficult for a first time builder to work in but.... cable management was not all that easy to deal with, front panel usb's are cheap/flimsy and one doesn't work at all, front panel audio buzzes, and thumb screws for door panels are tough to line up to their holes. I consider this a compromise that I'll live with for a while but will continue looking out the corner of my eye for an upgrade at some point.

Storage Small compromise here because I initially wanted an EVO 960 m.2 nvme drive. So sexy. So fast. Less cables. All that good stuff. But the 500gb Samsung EVO 860 SSD I went with is no slouch at all. Novabench shows I'm getting 500+mb/s read/writes after optimization. Decent storage space to get things up and running and I may add another one later on as space becomes an issue. Initially paid $145 but had BestBuy price match down to $130 and counting the rewards I got things thing for $101 out of pocket in the end.

Optical Re-used an old DVD burner from previous machine. May eventually upgrade to a blu ray burner but if I'm honest with myself this may never happen. I just do not play with physical disks like was the norm 15 years ago (yes, I'm nearly 40).

So that's it. I was able to beat my budget and check all the boxes. Used the savings to grab Logitech Orion g810 paired with the G403 mouse and was still under budget! Having a blast playing Crysis on high setting and Skyrim on ultra at 3440x1440 in while getting frame rates that rarely drop below 70-80fps which is very playable for this non-competitive casual gamer.

I'd love to hear any feedback or answer questions.

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thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 6 points 5 months ago

It's funny because there is a number of hoops you have to jump through to get it to play Crysis at ultra-wide at 3440x1440 but once you do it's well worth it.

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

Video or didn't happen!

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

…and it still only gets 30FPS on Ultra.

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

Edited my post to clarify I'm getting those frame rates on high settings in crysis, not ultra.

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

Yeah I still can't believe how an 11 year old game can bring a modern graphics card to it's knees with all the eye candy cranked up at high resolution. Talk about ahead of it's time.

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Actually just checked... most setting are Very High. Object quality, Shadow quality, and Volumetric effects are the only ones set to High. I think the reason I'm getting the frame rates I am (100 with mins around 70/80) is because it NOT a 4k monitor... it's basically 2k ultrawide (1440p).

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

But can it run Cry...oh...nevermind!

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I'm stoked that it could!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

; )

osamosa 2 points 5 months ago

Nice Build!

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

chelseapayne 2 points 5 months ago

awesome!

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

AZAZELMILLZ 2 points 5 months ago

GREAT BUILD.........what monitor is that?

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks amigo. LeMMingSlayeR has it correct. I should point out that is not in the cost of the build because I already had it.

Joezzhere 1 point 5 months ago

But can it run Crysis?

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

This joke never gets old, I see!

Memo1010 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

ok then

But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis? But can it run Crysis?

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago
SekouSan 1 point 5 months ago

why

antonjetpack 1 point 5 months ago

remember when that ram kit was 70 dollars....

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's nuts. I almost went prebuilt. What saved me was the GPU dropping from $729 to $510.

antonjetpack 1 point 5 months ago

dude, i was considering going with the NZXT BLD, but then the windows key prices moved me away from it. I bought my 1060 6gb for 350. so mad i didnt wait. And a 1070 ti for 510 is still overpriced lmao

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The FTW Ultra Silent 1070 ti is now back up to $569.99

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I'm so thankful I got my GTX 1070 for MSRP, $399 and a week later they were out of stock unicorns with insane markups.

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I bought that exact same kit of memory for $100 in March of last year for my Ryzen build. It's actually coming back down a little now, having peaked at about $200 in January. It's been crazy these last 12 months, hopefully the GPU and memory markets will stabilize soon.

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Wow, you timed it right for both the memory and the card!

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Yeah, I got really lucky considering what happened at the end of April.

DRogGTX 1 point 5 months ago

I have a very distant memory... Like a dream of a dream...

SekouSan 1 point 5 months ago

How is the mouse working out for you? I have been planning to get it.

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

So far it's been perfect. Only had it a week though.

SheyZu 1 point 5 months ago

You can run all games with a good fps ?

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I haven't tested all games yet but the ones I have tested run smooth on high or better settings

lyodan 1 point 3 months ago

How well does the Hyper 212 Evo cool your CPU? Going to have an extremely similar setup and don't plan on overclocking.

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I'm impressed with it! At idle it's between 30-40C. While gaming it tends to stay around 60C and I've overclocked all cores to 4.8ghz and it's very stable. Could probably go higher but no need at the moment.

Caution though...this may not hold true in other cases with little airflow... I have a mesh front with 2 fans, mesh top with room for 2 more fans (but don't have any there at the moment), rear fan, and the side of the case is mesh with room for more fans... anyway the point is that airflow in your case will probably impact how well this cooler performs. Might not do so well in a case with closed front and glass side panel.

lyodan 2 points 3 months ago

Cool, cool. I’m going with the Meshify-C so here’s hoping to great cooling performance!! Now I just need a monitor like yours lol

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

If I were to start over that is the exact case I would have went with. That'll be great for airflow. And, yes, the monitor is sweet. It literally is the centerpiece of any build and often times serves more than one build so I do recommend getting as good of a monitor as you can get. Look forward to seeing your build!

lyodan 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks Dude! For sure!!

Hypknotyc 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Hey man! I know this isn’t the most important question, but I just bought the EVGA 1070 ti FTW Ultra Silent and mine says the LED is white. But yours clearly changes. How are you able to do that? I thought only the FTW2 has RGB?! :P

thedude4bides submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Some cards have RGB underneath (like FTW2)where the fans are... this one does not. I use the Precision XOC software from EVGA to set the colors in the logo.