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Where to begin. Well first I want to say I hope that everyone who is looking at this post is doing well during this COVID-19 pandemic. I first began planning this build in the beginning of January 2018 and “White Carbon” came to fruition on July 2019. Yes, a whole year due to the fact of waiting and seeing if any of the Ryzen Zen 2 was interesting (Although it was, it was always out of stock) and if I wanted to get a RTX or stick to a GTX 1080 Ti. I was still using an ASUS gaming laptop (ASUS ROG G750JW – i7 4700HQ/GeForce GTX 765M). Originally, my friend told me if I fixed it I could have it. So I did, but I knew I would want to upgrade eventually. This my second built to date, with the first being an AMD Athlon, DFI LAN Party, GeForce 7600 GT assembled back in 2006 (I think this was the spec I remembered. I will verify once I sift through my storage and I’ll take a picture also). The main use for these builds have always been gaming, but this time I am doing Forex as a hobby with primary as gaming. So, I have decided on Intel’s 8700k with its 6 core/12 thread processor.

As I slowly started to find deals (via Reddit, eBay, Newegg, Costco, and BestBuy) I began putting together a final list of parts that would be included in this build. I started buying parts throughout 2018. Not much progress was made in that year. It was more of a mock build/wish list. Then May 2019 a breakthrough deal came in where I saw an 8700k and an Asus Formula X motherboard combo for a STEAL price. Then later that year, everything started to snowball. RAM prices start lowering also, which I proceed to by 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3000. I was eyeing on the Noctua Coolers, but sadly they were all sold out. I didn’t worry though, because someone on Reddit was selling their BINB Corsair AIO for cheap. The case I was on the fence was either Phanteks Evolv X or the Fractal Design Define S2. I chose those cases because I was always fascinated with water cooling. I had hoped in the near future I would have the courage to water cool my computer, and those two cases were the ones that came to mind. In the end, I decided to go with a white Fractal Design S2 for their “extensive water cooling support”. For the PSU this is where I got stuck, but then I was watching loads of GGF Event YouTube videos, and I guess their advertising sent some subliminal messages. In the end I impulse bought an 850W Seasonic Focus Plus Gold. My friend, who was a deal hunter, saw the LG 32GK850-F (32” inch, 2560x1440, FreeSync 2, 144Hz) for $300. Immediately I went and took that deal, as it was too good to be true! As for the GPU, I was sold on getting a used 1080 Ti, but also the new RTX lineup was released and made me more indecisive. As I was researching either to get the 1080 TI or go get the 2080, my friend lent me his old GTX 680 while I decided on which graphic card to pick. Patience pays off, because this is when I heard about the “super” version of the RTX line up. Based on the games I play, I made the decision that a 2070 Super is more than enough to run with native (2650x1440) resolution that hits close to 144 FPS. On October 2019, the newly acquired EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC ULTRA GAMING was the replacement of the 680 GTX.

All in all, the computer performance has been superb so far. Building in the Fractal Design Define S2 was a breeze. It also first booted up without a hitch! I haven’t done any OC except enabling XMP Profile on the RAM, as I am still learning on how to do it properly. I would love to OC it and see if I win the Silicon Lottery.

I know it is a long read but if you have any comments, suggestions, or constructive feedback I am all ears. Thank you for your time!

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
OS Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Miscellaneous Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 750 GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define S2 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitor: LG 32GK850F-B 32.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor
Keyboard: Corsair K63 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless Wireless Optical Mouse
Speakers: Creative Labs Pebble 2.0 4.4 W 2.0 Channel Speakers
Deskpad: Novelkeys ​- Godspeed​ Deskpad (​Ares)
Color(s): Black White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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$ 193.00
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 698.30
ASUS - ROG Maximus X Formula
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 24.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3000MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
$ 512.99
EVGA - XC Ultra Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2070 SUPER
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 108.50
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 62.00
Western Digital - WD Black Mobile
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 750 GB
$ 104.99
Seasonic - Focus Plus
Wattage: 850
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 129.99
Fractal Design - Define S2 White TG
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 83.85
Case Fan
$ 49.50
$ 185.76
Aquacomputer - D5 NEXT
Type: Pump
$ 245.00
$ 43.07
Hardware Labs - Black Ice GTS
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
$ 51.62
Hardware Labs - Black Ice GTS
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
$ 26.98
$ 131.16
$ 83.60
$ 11.65
$ 31.83
$ 289.99
LG - 32GK850F-B
Size: 32 Inch
Panel: VA
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
$ 128.86
Corsair - K63
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Red
Type: Tenkeyless
$ 82.99
Logitech - G Pro
Interface: Wireless
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,804.07
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