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BOOTLEG BUILDS | Project Delilah: The 35k Coffeelake Build

“Delilah is built from the ground up with patience, planning, revisions, and a whole lot of caffeine.”

The rise of the 8th Generation Intel processors codenamed “Coffeelake” had everyone curious about these new series of processors because it’s a huge leap from the Kabylake and Skylake processors in terms of performance and core-count: with the 8th gen Core i3 now being a quad-core processor and the 8th Gen Core i5 now has 6 CPU cores.

My client for this build is a friend of mine who I got acquainted with on my airsoft hobby. He said that he will mostly play World of Tanks along with the usual computer duties. To do this build for him, he gave the budget of 35,000 pesos for the System unit alone since he mentioned that he already has peripherals and a monitor.

The original plan was to grab an  8th Gen Core i5, an Nvidia GTX 1060 6gb, and 16gb of ram with 2666mhz. But planning months before his arrival and starting the build made me rethink about the build and revise it to better suit the market. So we settled for an 8th Gen Core i3 8100, an Nvidia GTX 1060 6gb, and 8gb of RAM running at 2400mhz.

My clients have me build computers for them because I have more experience in the second hand market and I know how to finish a build way cheaper and more convenient for them.

For reference we will be listing how we got all the components for the build here but will not be including the prices for security purposes.

  • Core i3 8100 and Aorus B360 Motherboard – Bundled
  • Galax GTX 1060 6gb EXOC Black and Seasonic M12ii EVO 650w PSU – Bundled
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
  • Team Elite 4gb x 2 DDR4 2400mhz – at EasyPC
  • Tecware Nexus – at Softbox Solutions

First, I acquired the processor, motherboard, Graphics card, Power supply, and RAM on the Tuesday straight after the go signal. Due to carrying concerns I decided to have the case and HDD follow afterwards on Wednesday.

I was on a tight deadline because my client is leaving for Hong Kong the week after so I wanted to get this done before the weekend.

There were a couple of challenges for me to do this build: Time to source the parts, time to acquire the parts, and time available each day. My client was able to wire me the payment early on so that I can buy the parts I needed for this build within the week. Luckily, I stumbled upon bundles of parts in the market which made the build a bit easy to finish.

The processor and motherboard bundle included the Intel stock cooler and the Tecware Nexus has 2x 140mm fans and 1x 120mm fan included – these are a couple of gambles for the build since I trust the online reviews of this Coffelake processor so I didn’t think it would have any heating issues.

The Aorus B360 motherboard was actually a surprise having an ATX form factor – I was used to the usual B250 mATX form factor but I made ends meet and just went with the Full sized Tecware Nexus.

I still had a couple of CP7 thermal paste from a couple of my Cryorig coolers I had before.

The Intel stock cooler was a breath of fresh air for me – I was used to just screwing the mounts and also screwing the cooler itself. The “new” installation process was new to me and had me double think of pushing the cooler in fear of breaking the plastic teeth of the cooler or damaging the motherboard itself.

The Team Elite memory modules were actually a thing to appreciate. It has a black base color with gold accents including the gold plates. Its simplicity in elegance as I say.

One good use for the excess plastic and bubblewrap from the packaging is cushioning the tempered glass panel while you’re finishing everything inside the case.

The Tecware Nexus, is a new case in the market and I’ve always wanted to check it out, hence, I chose it for this build.

Right of the bat – The case has a complete guide on which screw to use in every corner of the case.

One issue that I found was that the front panel I/O connectors are a little bit restricted and needed a bit of reorganizing since the length of the connectors were really unforgiving even with the reorganizing.

The drive bay was also annoying for me since I’m used to having a plastic tray which I secure my drive in and just sliding it inside the bay – The Nexus had a drive bay system in which you had to install large screws to your hard drive that act as sliders to the drive bay.

The Nexus has an average amount of space present in the back panel for cable management but as I’ve mentioned – the unforgiving short length of the front panel i/o connectors made it hard a bit to cable manage and had cables stacking some places.

Cable management isn’t my best forte but I made it work just enough to not look messy.

Booting Delilah up was a surprise to me because I noticed the fans included on the Nexus was running pretty well for “Stock” fans. The Aorus B360 lighting was unbalanced and the light didn’t disperse evenly, it all was only visible below the board.

Trying out the temperatures, the Stock fans and Stock CPU cooler did a pretty good job: the temps we’re acceptable given the nature of the cooling components. Temperatures were not exceeding 50c for both the Core i3 8100 and GTX 1060 even with the Max settings of World of Tanks running at a stable 95-100fps.

The client was so happy with the build that he decided on a recommendation I gave on getting a 144hz monitor. He settled on the MSI Optix G24C which I coordinated with EasyPC Alabang branch. A week later he was happy that the build is running better than expected and he even had an extended time of playing due to the storm delaying their trip to Hong Kong.

With all of these done and over with, what’s the worst part of the build? He made me keep all of the boxes.

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