Practically Impractical

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Brian
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Practically Impractical

Starting Off:
A very good friend of mine upgraded his computer back in February and asked me for some help through the process... As a thank you for my help he sent me his old parts that had been replaced, for just the cost to ship everything to me... the Intel I7-4790k, the Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2, the 2 DDR3 2400 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro RAM sticks, the Asus WiFi card, the AverMedia capture card, and that was my jumping off point.

Storage:
I found out that, even though the motherboard did not natively support M.2 or PCIe storage devices as boot devices, Asus put out a BIOS update allowing this board to boot from a PCIe storage device giving me the ability to install an M.2 NVMe SSD on a PCIe 4x adapter, and this thing flys!! I have no traditional storage but that may change soon.

Cooling:
I was conflicted, torn between a full custom water cooled loop and a couple of AIOs. I took the cheaper, modular path for now, but that may change in the future, which is one of the reasons I decided on the ThermalTake View 71 case. Its massive and perfect to hold all sorts of water cooling options.

RAM:
I do have to apologize for the mismatched RAM modules, some of you may have noticed in the pictures and hardware section. I was sent the previously mentioned Corsair RAM, and I wanted to max that out, but to match those modules, some idiots wanted upwards of $500 for another set of what I already had, and since I do not have more money than sense, I chose to go a different path. I went with the GSkill Ripjaws X kit which matches the Corsair RAM with the following specs 2x8GB, 2400Mhz, timings of 11-13-13-31 and voltages of 1.65V. Everyone and their mother that had anything to say about mismatched RAM, didn't have anything to say beyond those setting, so I figured that I could get away with it.

GPU:
A couple of weeks ago I found the 1080 Ti FE for a good price and once I sell my ROG Strix 1070 my new lowered investment in the 1080 Ti will make it a fantastic deal at just $250... so I couldn't pass that up! Once I got my bracket, AIO, 92mm fan, and heatsinks installed on my 1080 Ti, my idle temperature on the card is a stable 28c with a high of 56c under a 1 hour + gaming load.

RGB:
I really like the blue aesthetic, but I have my AIOs set to a temperature sensitive green-yellow-red scheme. The green is nice because it cuts through the blue and the slight tint of the glass so I always have a good idea of where my system is at temperature wise, without having to load software or even get out of my game. Although I might switch to a blue-purple-red temperature scheme so everything is more uniform when the system is cool.

Tell me what you guys think! I would like to hear your opinions on this build!!
Color(s): Black Blue
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
Intel - Core i7 4790K
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
Memory
$ 59.99
G.Skill - Ripjaws X (1600MHz) (Blue)
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 349.99
EVGA - Founders Edition
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Storage
$ 73.94
Samsung - 970 EVO Plus
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 87.42
Thermaltake - Smart Pro RGB 750W Bronze
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Case
$ 219.99
Thermaltake - Thermaltake View 71 TG RGB ATX Full Tower
Type: Full-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 34.57
Case Fan
$ 34.57
Case Fan
$ 13.95
Noctua - NF-B9 redux-1600
Size: 92 mm
Case Fan
$ 45.23
Thermaltake - Riing 12 LED RGB
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 45.23
Thermaltake - Riing 12 LED RGB
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 45.23
Thermaltake - Riing 12 LED RGB
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 27.99
Thermaltake - Riing 14 LED RGB
Size: 140 mm
Case Fan
$ 27.99
Thermaltake - Riing 14 LED RGB
Size: 140 mm
Case Fan
$ 27.99
Thermaltake - Riing 14 LED RGB
Size: 140 mm
Case Fan
$ 27.99
Thermaltake - Riing 14 LED RGB
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 197.16
Cooling
$ 69.99
NZXT - Kraken X42
Type: AIO
Accessories
$ 29.99
Accessories
$ 88.10
Monitor
$ 148.80
ACER - K242HQLBBMD
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Monitor
$ 399.99
Dell - S2417DG
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Keyboard
$ 142.99
Logitech - G910
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Romer-G
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 38.40
Logitech - G502 Hero
Interface: Wired
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