It's been forever since I last built something since 2011. My last build lasted me awhile even with a budget build: Corsair 600T, the legendary 2500k @ 4.5ghz, DDR3-1600 ram, and a cheapo MSI mobo, and I only really updated the GPU every 2 years or so. I've been itching to build a new PC, and wanted to go with the current trend of tempered glass + RGB. After doing some research, in terms of all the parts I wanted to get, I settled with my current list. The Phanteks case is absolutely superb, the best case I've ever worked with. It is a bit cramped in there though, and I hesitated to pull my sound card out and just go with my onboard sound. After listening to my onboard sound, there's no way I could go back to that sound quality as I'm used to audiophile class sound. I use my Mojo DAC/Mainline amp to connect to my HD800, and the Essence STX II 7.1 which connects to my Swan M200MkIII + Pioneer SW-8MK2 2.1 speaker setup. My GPU heats up more so than it did in my Corsair 600T, quite a bit actually, about 5 celcius higher at idle at 35-40 celcius, possibly due to lower default case fan speeds, and runs at 70-73 celcius during benchmarking or Witcher 3 (which uses 98% GPU at all times). The case does run warm a bit, as I have my default case fan running at 20%, and my radiator fan at 25% for minimum noise. My next GPU will definitely get an AIO water cooling kit like my CPU so I don't have to worry about the air flow as much.
I'm glad I chose NZXT AIO cooler this time around instead of the Corsair as I did last time, as the x62 really is in tune with the RGB theme. I decided to put the x62 radiator on top of the case, because my GPU will be the primary device that needs cool air, and putting the radiator up front will heat up the air intake to my GPU. Even with the radiator on top, I'm still able to get the 7700k to 4.8ghz @ 1.30v. Not superb, but then again the CPU is no longer bottlenecking my GPU like my 2500k did, so I don't mind. It did boot at 5.0ghz, but stress test failed after 20 minutes. It was stable at 4.9 for 4 hours, so I decided to go down to 4.8 just to make it "extra" stable and cool down the interior of the case a bit for my GPU.
I also got the Phanteks LED strip (PH-LEDKT) 2 meter, which is more than enough and I had to wrap around the top of the front fan, down the back of the case, then loop around. I would choose the 1 meter if I had to do it again, as it's more than enough, although I feel that I made the 2 meter work in this situation. I decided on the violet light theme with the LED strip and my GPU, hence the "Vegas Strip Club" theme. The Zotac GPU allows me to have 2 LED configurations, one idle and another during load. When at load it smoothly transitions from one color to the next, like how my ram is doing. In the end, I'm pretty satisfied with my build, it was my first attempt at cable management. Even when I didn't use custom cables, I made the front of the case as tidy as I could.