Fortnite Overkill

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Fortnite Overkill

This was my first build in more than 15 years and I have to say it was a lot of fun to get back into the world of PCs (we're an otherwise 100% Apple household). My son is a huge fan of Fortnite and I wanted to build him a monster rig for his birthday and thought I could use the excuse to teach him a little bit about computers at the same time.

I started my research back in August 2018. And boy oh boy, has the world of gaming PCs changed since 2003! I literally watched hundreds of YouTube videos (Bitwit, GamersNexus, Hardware Unboxed, HardwareCanucks, JayzTwoCents, Joker Productions, Linus Tech Tips, Optimum Tech, Paul's Hardware, PC Centric, randomfrankp, and TechSource) and looked at dozens of builds on PCPartPicker in order to handpick every single component.

As a longtime Apple fanboy, design and aesthetics are very important to me, so I was looking to build something Apple-like where I could get all the main components (case, cooling, motherboard, and power supply) from a single company. I was very impressed with what NZXT had to offer and I eventually landed on the NZXT H700i (White) case, NZXT N7 Z370 (White) motherboard, NZXT Kraken X72 CPU cooler, NZXT Aer RGB fans, and NZXT E850 power supply.

Armed with a solid base, I then started looking at video cards. I read a lot of great things about EVGA products and their customer service so picking a brand was pretty easy. However, I debated for a long time between getting a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a GeForce RTX 2080, or a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Ultimately, due to the lack of data on ray tracing and the extremely high prices of the 2080 cards, I decided to go with the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming as a bridge until the next generation of Nvidia cards comes out.

I then turned my attention to the monitor. I first looked at 27-inch G-Sync monitors (Acer Predator XB271HU 27" 144Hz IPS, AOC AG271QG 27-Inch 165Hz IPS, ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q 27" 165Hz IPS, and ViewSonic XG2703-GS 27" 165Hz IPS). But I was also intrigued by 34" ultrawide (21:9) monitors. I considered the Acer Predator X34 (UM.CX0AA.P01) and the Asus ROG Swift (PG348Q) before landing on the Alienware AW3418DW 34" 120Hz IPS and I have to say it is an absolute beauty. You haven't lived until you've played games on a 34-inch curved monitor!

After I had all the main components nailed down, I went on to pick memory, storage, keyboard, mouse, headphones, and speakers, again going for top performance and that cohesive look. Add to that an Arozzi gaming desk and gaming chair, the obligatory Ikea ALEX drawer unit, and some Nanoleaf light panels, and I think we ended up with a pretty cool setup.

The building process itself went pretty well despite me being a little rusty. By the way, absolutely, positively use a magnetic screwdriver to install the motherboard and wear protective gloves when installing the IO panel. I've learned my lesson the hard way!

All in all, I'm really happy with how the build turned out and it was definitely a fun learning experience to build it with my son (the swearing was minimal!). It's probably the most expensive Fortnite rig in the world but I'm sure we'll eventually expand our gaming horizons to take full advantage of what this beast has to offer!
Color(s): Black White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: Brand
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Cores: 6
Socket: LGA 1151
Motherboard
NZXT - N7-Z37XT-W1
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Memory Support: DDR4
Memory
G.Skill - Trident Z (RGB) (3600MHz)
Capacity: 16 GB
Type: DDR4
Storage
Samsung - 860 EVO
Capacity: 2 TB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Type: SSD
Storage
Samsung - 970 EVO
Capacity: 1 TB
Form Factor: M.2
Type: SSD
Graphics
EVGA - SC2
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
PSU
NZXT - E850
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Fully-Modular
Case
NZXT - H700i, Black/White
Motherboard Support: ATX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Type: Mid-Tower
Case Fans
NZXT - RF-AR140-T1
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
NZXT - Kraken X72
Compatibilty: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+, LGA 1150, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 1366, LGA 2011, LGA 2011-3
Size (WxHxD): 394 mm
Type: AIO
CableMod
CableMod - AIO Sleeving
Color: Carbon
CableMod
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Color: White
Mode: Stock
Sleeve: ModFlex
Accessories
Accessories
Monitor
Alienware - AW3418DW
Native Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Keyboard
Logitech - PRO
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Romer-G
Type: Tenkeyless
Mouse
Logitech - G PRO Wireless
Interface: Wireless
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