Description

Decided to make a living room media setup. I use it for playing music, movies and video games.

Core: The focus of my computer was reasonable 4k gaming. I went with the 980ti and it works well enough for most games I play but leaves something to be desired. The keyboard and mouse are great for gaming. The Windows 10 operating system is trash in my opinion. I am constantly worried about the spyware and adware. Windows 10 anniversary update started adding games like Candy Crush onto my computer without my permission. That is a terrible privacy violation and in addition these games are 3rd party closed source code so there's no way Microsoft actually knows the security vulnerabilities these random games introduces.

I still end up using my retina Macbook Pro for when I'm trying to work from home. Looking forward to the day I can switch this computer to Linux for gaming.

Displays: The Asus monitor does not have a IPS display so that is something definitely to consider. The TV I chose has a incredible response time (18ms) which is good enough for me for gaming , a thin bezel and amazing color gamut. I Highly recommend this TV as a monitor. The text readability is surprisingly also much better on the TV and I like using much more than the display.

Audio: I went with a pair of Bowers and Wilkins CM8 S2s which sound amazing and look the part too. SVS is a lesser known sub company but they make some amazing value for money products. I opted for the 300W version which is more than enough to rattle a living room. The Tower speakers can handle 150W peak power each so getting an amp that could deliver at least that much per channel was crucial, hence the Onkyo. For headphones, I went with the Shure SRH1540 closed backs, they sound amazing and are comfortable for hours and hours of use.

Future Upgrades

  • 1080ti: I considered a second 980 ti but after doing some research, I found SLI is not that well supported for some of the games I play (Forza Horizon 3, Battlefield, etc)
  • Bowers and Wilkins CM2 S2 Center Channel

Feel free to ask about any parts I chose, or any future upgrades you think I should do! Sorry about the potato I took the photos with.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A little overkill for my build but overall a great cooler

Case

Fractal Provides a good number of accessories but it has trouble fitting a larger graphics card like the 980ti

Operating System

Trash.

Monitor

An okay 4k Display, the TN panel and 60Hz refresh rate leaves a little to be desired

Custom

Comfortable and sound amazing

Custom

Best value for money small size factor sub I've ever used.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

I've been thinking of doing something similar for my living room! Excellent speaker choice!!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I would highly recommend doing it!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Word of advice: Flip that back fan around. The air goes out of the side of the fan that connects the frame to the fan hub.

Otherwise, nice build.

Cheers

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do, thank man!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I see someone suggested to flip the rear fan around so it's blowing hot air from the GPU out, gorgeous build nonetheless! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The tower speaker's are more expensive than my my pc is going to be when i get the money

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your setup and i'm considering making my own PC. Would this setup be good? It's for gaming. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7GNK2R

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that'll be an amazing build! I love almost all the parts you listed. Just curious why you're thinking of going with all those different ssds? Have you looked into m.2 drives at all? Also don't forget about a nice set of speakers or headphones! A nice sound system can make all the difference! I can recommend setups if you do have a budget in mind!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Im looking for good speakers now. I need to find case fans that are quiet too. I dont use headphones. The small ssd is for the OS, the 1 TB ssd if for everything on my computer then my 2 TB ssd is for my massive steam folder. ive never heard of m.2 drives but ill look into them tomorrow. here is my new setup list. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Lwd4BP

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Looks like an awesome build! Let me know if you need any help deciding on speakers! Also the 1080 ti should be coming out in early January so just something to consider!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to see a fellow audiophile, not to mention someone who prefers Linux! Is this your main setup for listening? Your build is like mine on steroids! It's rare that you see people on PCPP that really pay attention to audio, as often a cheap Logitech surround sound system is mated to a $3500 PC, which makes me scratch my head... Nice build! +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I use it mostly for listening. I completely agree, I don't get why people here skim so much on audio. I love your build and those beautiful tower speakers, I've always been a huge Klipsch fan. They were what got me into high end audio.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool! I certainly am enjoying my speakers, but I imagine yours sound quite a bit more refined! I'm also glad to hear that you're a Klipsch fan! What speakers of theirs did you have? I think people overlook audio because (except for those in the know) expensive audio doesn't look cool in a PC build compared to buying tree Titan X's in SLI, so they'd rather allocate their funds in a "more impressive" way. Of course, if these people could hear a quality audio setup like yours IRL, I bet they'd change their mind. (Also, speakers last for decades, PC's are (unfortunately) obsolete within a decade...I'd rather put my money into something that I can enjoy for many years to come!

On a side note, I had no idea that Windows was filling up the OS of its users with bloatware like Candy Crush. That's awful for many reasons, but especially from a security standpoint as you discussed! Maybe you could try dual-booting Linux, before making the switch if Windows 10 isn't it for you.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly! Speakers last a really long time and I feel they're a much better addition compared to flashy details. If people actually tried gaming with a nice sound system, it can literally make the floor shake when there's a dramatic scene in a game. It's feel like actual imax and there's just nothing compared to it. I had the R6 in ears and a set of RP-150M bookshelves before I got the Shure and B&W.

Yeah it's really disturbing. Microsoft being the trash they are, with the forced anniversary update included the ability for them to install 'featured games' on your computer without your consent.

I definitely want to put Linux on this machine. I'm looking buying a new ssd to dual boot right now.

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