Description

The last PC I built was in 2008 and later replaced in 2013 by a small form factor Alienware which I mostly use for gaming but lately I have had the itch to build a new gaming PC so here is my rig.

My goal was to have a PC that could handle gaming, streaming and editing and the option to use VR when I get a headset in the future.

CPU and Cooler

For streaming and editing, I’m running the new Intel Coffee Lake processor i7-8700k. I was able to grab it online for a steal ($313) and opted for the Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler. This is the first time I have used a liquid CPU cooler but wanted to give it a try since I think it looks better than a massive heatsink.

I bought some Arctic Silver 5 but after reading reviews about the pre-applied thermal paste on the H100v decided to not use it.

Motherboard

Of course, it had to have the Z370 chipset and I wanted a board that could handle overclocking well. I was really interested in the GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 and was about to buy it until I realized it was missing a key feature I wanted on my motherboard, namely Wi-Fi AC. So, after reading a lot of reviews I found the perfect bored that checked all my boxes. The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero (Wi-Fi AC).

It looks great with its subtle RGB lighting, overclocks with ease, Wi-Fi, includes a M.2 heatsink, and had 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (1 x Type-A [red] and 1 x Type-C [black]) on the rear and an internal onboard 3.1 gen 2 connector for my front port.

Memory

I went with the G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory so I have room to upgrade in the future if I want two more sticks and they look amazing and work well with the ASUS AURA software.

Storage

I was excited about the speeds M.2 offered and went with the Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive since it went on sale on New Egg one afternoon and it had amazing reviews. My last PC had 256GB SSD and it’s about full so this time I doubled the size of the main drive for my OS and games I use regularly.

I got the Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive for my steam games and miscellaneous files and another Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 8TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive for my video and music files.

I had thought about getting a separate NAS server but decided that this PC would just double as my main PLEX server since it was robust enough and would always be on anyways.

GPU

For the GPU I have been torn between buying the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, an absolute powerhouse although extremely overpriced now because of the bitcoin miners or waiting for the rumored NVIDIA GTX 1180 Ti Turing Cards to Launch in 2018.

Both are lame options since paying $1,000’s of dollars for a card today that will be outdated in a month or two is crazy but waiting two or more months without being able to use my beautiful new PC would drive me just as crazy.

So, I settled on a compromise. I was able to find the EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING Video Card on Amazon for $230 which will allow me to use my new PC with consistent fps at 1080p while I wait a couple of months for the newer Turing cards to come out. I’m positive I can even EBAY my card for a profit with the way prices are trending.

Case

I originally wanted to get a SFF case because I like having desk room but the more I looked at different companies and builds I found myself falling in love with the RGB trend and decided on the Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB Mirror Black ATX Mid Tower Case. The selected case is mirror black which looks very sexy in the light and when the lights are off even sexier as the insides light up and take advantage of the two-way mirror.

The case is an upgraded version of the Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB Case. It includes a PSU shroud, access to the PSU from a top rubber covered cutout on the shroud for easier access to your motherboard headers, front I/O USB 3.1 type C, and RGB Corsair logos.

The fans it comes with are Corsair SP120’s so I replaced them with LL120 RGB’s and added a Commander Pro for complete software control of the RGB fan lights and I’m considering adding some LED strips in the future.

By adding the Commander Pro, it disables the included hardware buttons up top for light control, but I didn’t find that a negative as I prefer software controls over my lights any day. The Corsair forum was a life saver when it came to connecting fans to the RGB hubs and Command Pro so make sure you check there if you run into any trouble.

Cable management works very well with the back-shroud cover, but it would have been nice to see more zip tie connector points, especially in the front of the case as the Commander Pro comes with 4 thermal wires and I had a hard time finding good places to mount them to. I’m also still waiting on my 8TB drive so there are loose cords in the 2nd HDD spot which will be cleaned up when it is installed.

Airflow in this case is amazing and helps keep everything running cool, although I am still debating moving the radiator to the front and making the top fans intake for more positive pressure to cut down the dust, but I will give the setup I have a try and see how bad it is.

The only thing I don’t like about this case is it only has room for 2 3.5 HDD in the back but I knew this before I bought it. I wanted to add a third for my PLEX library but would have to put it in the front of the PC next to the PSU shroud on the floor of the case and I’m not sure I want one there.

PSU

For my power supply, I wanted a fully modular unit, so I went with the Corsair - RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply. 650W is more than enough power and the modular cords allow me to only have what is needed in my case.

Part Reviews

CPU

Gaming and Productivity performance is outstanding, and I was able to overclock mine to 5GHz without it being too hot. Very pleased with this chip.

CPU Cooler

Great all in one liquid solution. I didn't realize it came with pre-applied thermal paste so ended up buying some Arctic Silver 5.

I swapped the fans out for Corsair LL120RGB and hooked them up to a Corsair Commander Pro for complete software control of my case lighting.

Motherboard

Z370 chipset and handles overclocking extremely well. and has preset overclocking features for noobs.

I was really interested in the GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 and was about to buy it until I realized it was missing a key feature I wanted on my motherboard, namely Wi-Fi AC

It looks great with its subtle RGB lighting, overclocks with ease, Wi-Fi, includes a M.2 heatsink, and had 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (1 x Type-A [red] and 1 x Type-C [black]) on the rear and an internal onboard 3.1 gen 2 connector for my front port.

Make sure you turn the CPU fan setting in the BIOS to 100% or the H100i v2 will not cool properly. My i7-8700K now overclocks to 5.0 GHz and idles at 35.1C

Memory

BEAUTIFUL! Best RGB ram on the market in my opinion. Works perfectly with ASUS Aura to edit your colors and overclockable.

Storage

Love this drive, super-fast boot times, and I can copy and paste 4k videos in seconds. Will never go back to a normal SSD drive again for my main drive. Great price on Amazon.

Storage

Inexpensive 2TB drive for my Steam games.

Storage

Inexpensive 8TB drive for my Video and music library.

Case

The selected case is mirror black which looks very sexy in the light and when the lights are off even sexier as the insides light up and take advantage of the two-way mirror.

The case is an upgraded version of the Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB Case. It includes a PSU shroud, access to the PSU from a top rubber covered cutout on the shroud for easier access to your motherboard headers, front I/O USB 3.1 type C, and RGB Corsair logos.

The fans it comes with are Corsair SP120’s so I replaced them with LL120 RGB’s and added a Commander Pro for complete software control. By adding the Commander Pro, it disables the included hardware buttons up top for light control, but I didn’t find that a negative as I prefer software controls over my lights any day.

Cable management works very well with the back-shroud cover, but it would have been nice to see more zip tie connector points, especially in the front of the case as the Commander Pro comes with 4 thermal wires and I had a hard time finding good places to mount them to.

Airflow in this case is amazing and helps keep everything running cool, although I am still debating moving the radiator to the front and making the top fans intake for more positive pressure to cut down the dust, but I will give the setup I have a try and see how bad it is.

The only thing I don’t like about this case is it only has room for 2 3.5 HDD in the back, but I knew this before I bought it. I wanted to add a third for my PLEX library but would have to put it in the front of the PC next to the PSU shroud on the floor of the case and I’m not sure I want one there as I don't have a HDD mounting bracket.

Power Supply

Enough power for my needs and runs very quietly. Perfect for $75

Case Fan

Includes 3 fans, RGB hub and a Lighting Node PRO.

They look amazing in my case and the colors are bright. I added a Commander Pro and LINK software, so I could control the colors with software. They are on the expensive side but if you are spending money to add bling to your PC then you know you will be overspending anyways.

Corsair forums were a lifesaver when it came to wiring them correctly to the hubs.

Custom

Enough connection points for all my fans, LGB lights and thermal wires. LINK Software needed but it worked very well and user friendly.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Been looking for a build in this case and it is everything I hoped it would be! The mirror glass was the best thing Corsair could've done for this case!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree and they fixed the main complaints from the 570x case as well! My photos do not do it justice. The hard part was trying not to get myself in the reflection lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you can more easily fit a 280mm rad in the top then with the original 570x so that may be something to consider, I noticed yours has a 240mm rad.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I would have gotten a Corsair H150i Pro and put it in the front of I thought about it better.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought about the same thing but ultimately i think I'm going with an NZXT X62 Kraken for mine, that mirrored pump will compliment the mirrored glass on the case beautifully

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I watched one review of the Kraken being installed on YouTube with the 570x and they said it was a tough fit...That is why I went with the Corsair version.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Hope you are stocked up on microfiber cloths ;)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

And a whole bottle of glass cleaner :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHA, you should not touch it to avoid fingerprints. 0_0

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

~ wingardium levioSAH ~ ?

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol, I’m not an uneducated guy, i read Harry Potter dude.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

then you should appreciate the joke...lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is pretty bad azz... Has a terminator look to it. I can see watercooling looking sharp in it

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That's hell of a case! I love it+1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! And the case looks pretty good too!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey is it possible to mount your CPU cooler on the intake side? Id inagibe the hose is too short for that. Thanks in advance.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the hose is long enough to mount it there.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can mount it on both the top or side

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

WHat RGB preset did you use for the LL fans on the 3rd pic?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The default rainbow swirl, not sure the exact name

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The default

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Just getting started with my teenage son for his/our first gaming PC. I really like the CORSAIR Crystal 570X Mirror Black case. We're in "research mode", definitely saving your build link as a reference. Nice work!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback, I love my case but keep some Windex handy as fingerprints come easy if you touch it.