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.
- 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.
A little overkill for my build but overall a great cooler
Fractal Provides a good number of accessories but it has trouble fitting a larger graphics card like the 980ti
An okay 4k Display, the TN panel and 60Hz refresh rate leaves a little to be desired
Comfortable and sound amazing
Best value for money small size factor sub I've ever used.