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post #1 of 35 Old 01-23-2020, 12:18 PM - Thread Starter
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New build since 2008.

Not sure if this is an ok place for a computer build thread? This isn't really going to be an HTPC but it will be for Gaming 99% of the time. I started gathering parts a for a few weeks now. Parts list are as follows.

Parts I have

Case: Be Quiet! DarkBase Pro 900 v2
Mother board: MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Boot Drive: Sasmsung 970 EVO SSD M.2 1T
RAM Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3600
NZXT Kraken x72 AIO RGB cooler
3rd be Quiet Silent Wings 3 140MM fan for front intake

Parts yet to order
Intel i9-9900KF (the F means no integrated video on the chip)
Corsair AXI Series AX1600i wat PSU
MSI Gaming Geforce TRX 2080 TI Gaming X Trio
Samsung 860 Evo 2tb SSD for secondary HDD

For this build I'm not going custom water cooler yet. Maybe down the road I'll add that on but for now the NZXT looked pretty nice and with what I'm spending already more in my budget. Hoping after the first of the month to get the power supply and processor. Then last will be the video card. Then after that the crown for it all will be a 49" ultra wide gaming monitor! I'll post pics when I start tearing this case appart.

I plan to remove the optical drive cage and install the 3rd front fan. Need to see if my radiator will fit on the top or if I'll need to front mount it.

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Good luck with the build, looks like it's going to be killer. Man, that 2TB boot drive is pricey!
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The "boot" drive I think I'll carve out 200gb for the OS and use the remainder for games. But the pricey part freaking me out to buy is that video card! Also the monitor wont be cheap. This will be the first build I've ever done where I'm going high end across the board. usually by what I've spent already would be the entire build. this time i'm just gonna do it!

EDIT: I see what you mean! I miss typed. I got the 1tb NOT the 2tb. My secondary SSD drive will be the 2tb! I may be crazy but not quite that crazy!
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Started on my build this weekend. I took out the optical drive and installed a 3 fan in front. Mounted the AIO cooler radiator in the top and moved the mother down one notch so I could have both radiator and fans inside. I preferred the look this way. I put the M2 drive and ram on the board and installed the board in the case. This week plan to get the processor and PSU.
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Looking good! What CPU cooler are you going to use?
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Thanks!

I have the NZXT Kraken x72 in there now. just hanging in the case at the moment. I should have my CPU and PSU in a week. Then I'll get it attached.
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Spent yesterday building the rest of the system. All but the video card. That comes today!

I decided to add in some RGB fun so I got the NZXT Hue2 kit with 3 120mm fans, 1 140mm fan, and 2 led strips. I wanted to still use the original static pressure fans that came with the AIO radiator so I set them on top of the radiator and put the RGB fans on the bottom. This way I can see the RGB and it's setup in a Push/Pull configuration. With all the fans and LED accessories cables added up quick! Cable management was not an easy task and I may go back through it and straighten out a few things. But all said and done I think it's looking pretty clean. I also ordered some Black/Orange custome cables for the 24pin and CPU as well as video card Power. They won't be in for a few weeks though. So this will for now have the black plastic cables that came with the power supply.
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Man, I'm so jealous!

You've got me thinking about doing a new build, but I dunno... probably should hold off for a while. I'm waiting to see if the next-gen NVIDIA cards have HDMI 2.1, and what kind of price to expect.
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I haven't done a build a looong time either. I decided to do one now. I could of waited maybe for the next 3080ti cards but not sure what they cost when they first come out. This one I have has hdmi 2.0. I havn't looked at the diff between that and 2.1. Also has Display port 1.4, and usb type C. I know the 1080 Ti's are still expensive as heck and this 2080Ti was way more than I ever spent on a card. Usually what I paid for this thing is what I'd build my entire system for. I'm thinking this will hold me for quite some time. Maybe down the road when I get the itch to do something more I may put in a fully custom Water cooler system. My plan is in March to grab a 49" ultra wide 4k monitor to go along with this beast.

Edit: My card arrived!
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The build is done. I'm still tweaking things and plan to do some Overclocking! I've been playing with all the RGB stuff. So many options! Few more weeks and I plan to get a 49" ultra wide gaming monitor. But will also play on the projector for time to time

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That looks sweet, nice job on the build! Enjoy that beast.


Your build thread was nudging me to consider a new build of my own -- the setup I'm using dates back to Dec. of 2012. However, I just purchased an LG OLED, so now probably isn't the best time. I did break down and order a new videocard for my rig though, an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super (Founders model), replacing a GTX 1070. The RTX cards will do G-sync over HDMI (40-120Hz variable at 1440p) to my new TV, plus framerate. It arrives today, if UPS can make it through the floods in the area. Super excited to get it!
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Awesome! Yea that's a great card you bought. I had a evga gtx 1060 in my old rig on a motherboard that bottle necked it. So for me it was time to build. Few more weeks i'm getting a 49" ultra wide curved gaming monitor then I'll be done with the PC stuff for some time. I was playing around with some games last night and the 3 so far I was testing with didn't make this thing breat a sweat. Ran Wow (yea I know wow dosn't need much to run) at maxed out everything and it stayed pegged at 60fps. Zoneing times were crazy fast also since it's running off the m.2 sata. I played a little Guild Wars 2 at full and same results. The only real test I threw at it was Battlefield 5. I couldn't get my FPS overlay to work wile playing maybe because it runs from Origin? I'll have to play with that so I didn't get a FPS reading but it ran without any issues cranked to max settings. So i'm happy. Now all that said im still on a 24" 1080p resolution monitor. But think at 1440 it should still be good. Enjoy the new card and TV!
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The build is done. I'm still tweaking things and plan to do some Overclocking! I've been playing with all the RGB stuff. So many options! Few more weeks and I plan to get a 49" ultra wide gaming monitor. But will also play on the projector for time to time
have you tried out the 49"? Only asking because it's not great. Most games, it just stretches the image vs actually having the proper ratio (if it even works for games, which it doesn't for most)
I currently have a 34" Predator and tried out the 49" for a few weeks and it was a awful experience. If you've never actually tried one, I'd at least go check it out at a store and test out some stuff on it. My friend is the manager at a huge electronic store and it's the most returned gaming monitor x3 vs any other monitor they sell.... QC and people just generally hating it lol.

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No I havn't tried it first hand. all the reviews i've seen on youtube people seemed to love it. I play wow for the most part and I've seen that it plays fine at that ratio. Also I've seen battlefield play on it. I wonder where a store around here would be i'd be able to go check it out? Maybe BestBuy?

If I get one this is the one I'd go with. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ustomerReviews
It has the highest refresh rate out of any of the 5120x1440 res monitors.

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have you tried out the 49"? Only asking because it's not great. Most games, it just stretches the image vs actually having the proper ratio (if it even works for games, which it doesn't for most)
I currently have a 34" Predator and tried out the 49" for a few weeks and it was a awful experience. If you've never actually tried one, I'd at least go check it out at a store and test out some stuff on it. My friend is the manager at a huge electronic store and it's the most returned gaming monitor x3 vs any other monitor they sell.... QC and people just generally hating it lol.

How does it stretch it out? Every game I've played in the past year or two has had the 34" res. But when they first came out a few games didnt have the option. I had to use a 16:9 resolution which was cropped in the center of the screen. Is the 49 using hardware to fill the screen like zoom mode? There would have to be a way to turn it off.
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How does it stretch it out? Every game I've played in the past year or two has had the 34" res. But when they first came out a few games didnt have the option. I had to use a 16:9 resolution which was cropped in the center of the screen. Is the 49 using hardware to fill the screen like zoom mode? There would have to be a way to turn it off.

It's the games the stretch the image, not the actual monitor. the Dev's are lazy. Star Citizen played well with it. Apex didn't, pubG, BF5, Squad all sucked. I'm sure their will be most new games that will support it but theres that and the horrible QC to deal with.

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Not sure if this is an ok place for a computer build thread? This isn't really going to be an HTPC but it will be for Gaming 99% of the time. I started gathering parts a for a few weeks now. Parts list are as follows.

Parts I have

Case: Be Quiet! DarkBase Pro 900 v2
Mother board: MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Boot Drive: Sasmsung 970 EVO SSD M.2 1T
RAM Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3600
NZXT Kraken x72 AIO RGB cooler
3rd be Quiet Silent Wings 3 140MM fan for front intake

Parts yet to order
Intel i9-9900KF (the F means no integrated video on the chip)
Corsair AXI Series AX1600i wat PSU
MSI Gaming Geforce TRX 2080 TI Gaming X Trio
Samsung 860 Evo 2tb SSD for secondary HDD

For this build I'm not going custom water cooler yet. Maybe down the road I'll add that on but for now the NZXT looked pretty nice and with what I'm spending already more in my budget. Hoping after the first of the month to get the power supply and processor. Then last will be the video card. Then after that the crown for it all will be a 49" ultra wide gaming monitor! I'll post pics when I start tearing this case appart.

I plan to remove the optical drive cage and install the 3rd front fan. Need to see if my radiator will fit on the top or if I'll need to front mount it.

Cheers!
I have been rocking almost that exact same combo for about a year and it's fantastic (MSI MEG Ace mobo, 970 evo + nvme OS drive, Corsair V RGB pro 32gb, 9900K @ 5Ghz all core, EVGA 2080ti, Corsair RM1000i PSU, 280mm Corsair AIO with ML140 fans).

I play pretty much every game maxed out at 4K 60fps and have no complaints.

Best of luck!
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Yea I've finally gotten to sit down a few nights and play some wow and BF5. While Wow I new would run great on this rig I wasn't so sure about how a modern game like BF5 would play. I'm very happy with my results. Last night I put in about 2 hours straight of BF5 all at max settings and my processor didn't break a sweat or get over the mid 30c. The GPU didn't struggle either. I had 60+ FPS and the card barely hit 60c. I still plan to OC a bit and play around with that but will see what that does to my thermals. So far I'm enjoying the new build immensely. As for the 49" monitor i'm still leaning towards getting one. I"ll look into how BF5 plays. I've seen videos of Wow playing fine. And I saw a video of someone playing BF5 on one and it didn't appear to be stretched to me. I'll look closer and do some more research. Every review and comments I've seen are positive for the most part.
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Yea I've finally gotten to sit down a few nights and play some wow and BF5. While Wow I new would run great on this rig I wasn't so sure about how a modern game like BF5 would play. I'm very happy with my results. Last night I put in about 2 hours straight of BF5 all at max settings and my processor didn't break a sweat or get over the mid 30c. The GPU didn't struggle either. I had 60+ FPS and the card barely hit 60c. I still plan to OC a bit and play around with that but will see what that does to my thermals. So far I'm enjoying the new build immensely. As for the 49" monitor i'm still leaning towards getting one. I"ll look into how BF5 plays. I've seen videos of Wow playing fine. And I saw a video of someone playing BF5 on one and it didn't appear to be stretched to me. I'll look closer and do some more research. Every review and comments I've seen are positive for the most part.
congratulations on the build. looks great. any issues with the nzt rgb controller? we (my 15 yo and i) built a gaming pc a year ago using the nzxt h710i and eventually switched rgb over to corsair. building a sff pc right now and hoping to use it with our current home theater. have you spent significant time playing games w projector? any issues?

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No I havn't tried it first hand. all the reviews i've seen on youtube people seemed to love it. I play wow for the most part and I've seen that it plays fine at that ratio. Also I've seen battlefield play on it. I wonder where a store around here would be i'd be able to go check it out? Maybe BestBuy?

If I get one this is the one I'd go with. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ustomerReviews
It has the highest refresh rate out of any of the 5120x1440 res monitors.
If your willing to wait a little longer there is a 48 inch oled coming out by lg that is 2.1 compliant 4k @ 120fps this year.
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congratulations on the build. looks great. any issues with the nzt rgb controller? we (my 15 yo and i) built a gaming pc a year ago using the nzxt h710i and eventually switched rgb over to corsair. building a sff pc right now and hoping to use it with our current home theater. have you spent significant time playing games w projector? any issues?
No issues with the nzxt RGB controller. Works pretty well and I do like the CAM software as it's a great monitoring tool for all your PC components. It has a really nice in game overlay that I like to use and shows me my cpu tems and utilization as well as GPU and memory. I went with NZXT for one because I had an nzxt cooler and 2 I liked the fans better. It's a personal preference thing. I plan to get an ambient light kit also to put behind my monitor when I finally pick up a new one.
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If your willing to wait a little longer there is a 48 inch oled coming out by lg that is 2.1 compliant 4k @ 120fps this year.
I've decided to wait for the new Odyssey G9 since it's supposed to come out early Q2 of this year. Looks like a really nice gaming ultrawide. 240hz refresh rate. May not be able to push that even with my rig but will see. want to see some real life reviews before I make a decision and buy anything. I still haven't gotten around to hooking this up to my projector yet. It will be simple to do since it's in my theater and not far from my avr. Maybe this weekend I'll do that.
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I hope the build(s) are going well.

Update to mine - this thread encouraged me to bite the bullet and upgrade my circa late-2012 hardware, built around an Intel i5 3570k. After debating between a whole new system at high expense or just the parts I really need to keep cost down, I choose the later. So I kept my old case with stickers showing long-dead hardware (Creative Labs X-fi!), power supply, hard drives, wi-fi card, and my recently acquired NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super.

Here's the new parts that went in:
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB 3D NAND NVMe Gen3x4 PCIe M.2 2280 Solid State Drive

The upgrade cost was ~ $450 w/ tax, not including the M.2 stick that I had been using as an external drive. This is the first time I haven't gone with an Intel CPU! It took a couple of hours to disassemble the old computer, put the new parts in, and connect all the old stuff. And I'm happy to say, it booted on the first try without any issue.

And, holy crap, games now run much smoother and faster with the modern CPU. All the chugging the 2070 Super was experiencing, even at high framerates, seems to be gone. And much more room to raise the graphics options to Ultra in most cases, including Ray Tracing, and keeping above 60fps at 1440p.

I haven't messed with the M.2 drive yet, so the plan is to do fresh install of Windows on that in the near future. But super-thrilled how this turned out so far.
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Sweet! I'm glad my build inspired you! And sounds like for the small cost of 450 bucks you have a nice system now that plays smooth! I highly recommend using that m.2 drive as your OS boot drive. My PC boots up in seconds and it's awesome!

My PC has been fantastic. I still have yet to get into OC'ing the cpu and graphics card. Haven't had a need to yet since my monitor is still only 1080p. However I'm anxiously awaiting the new Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor! That thing looks nice and at that time any extra juice I can get to pull a few more FPS could come in handy. Also I'm keeping an eye on the new line of 3080Ti cards when they launch. If I could sell my 2080ti for a decent amount I'd consider it to pick up the new 3080ti. But will of course wait to see the reviews. I spent a ton on my build but for me it was well worth it. I now have a pc I am extremely happy with and have some piece of mind knowing i'm fairly "future proof" for the time being and if I did want to upgrade I have the backbone to be able to do so for quite some time. And I love my full tower case. The QI wireless charging pad on the font top of the case is really nice as I can just set my phone on my case it charges while I play. I still have to get a picture together with all the parts I used for my build. I keep forgetting! plus I want to toss all the boxes out finally!

I'll also post pics when I finally do pull the trigger on a monitor.
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Had this built back in August 2019 as my primary computer. Previous primary was with a EVGA 980ti

Nzxt h700 (black - red) case
asus rog maximus xi hero (wi-fi) (black) mobo
intel core i9-9900k 8-core 3.6 ghz cpu
nzxt kraken x72 cpu cooler
asus rog rtx™ 2080 ti strix o11g gpu
team t-force xcalibur rgb 4000mhz (2) ram
2 samsung 970 evo plus 1.0 tb ssd
seagate barracuda 4tb 4.0 tb hdd
nzxt e850 gold digital psu psu
nzxt aer rgb 2 120mm fan (rgb) 2 fan
cablemod 6+2 pin basic cable extension kit (red)
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Very sharp build, nice cable management. Seeing these cool builds with the LED accents makes me wonder if I should have gone with a new case for more of a fresh build.
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Very sharp build, nice cable management. Seeing these cool builds with the LED accents makes me wonder if I should have gone with a new case for more of a fresh build.
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Very sharp build, nice cable management. Seeing these cool builds with the LED accents makes me wonder if I should have gone with a new case for more of a fresh build.
Well you have the hardware now. So it wouldn't cost you all that much at a later time to get a new case and some LED stuff to put in it if you wanted to. I got wrapped up in the LED stuff and had fun with it myself. Gives it a fun extra something IMO. But that can come as a later project when money is available.

Also I got an email from cable mod. I had ordered custom cables for my power supply but because of the the corona virus they took forever to be made and shipped. So I should have them hoping maybe next week. I'll take pics when I get them and get them in.
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Had this built back in August 2019 as my primary computer. Previous primary was with a EVGA 980ti

Nzxt h700 (black - red) case
asus rog maximus xi hero (wi-fi) (black) mobo
intel core i9-9900k 8-core 3.6 ghz cpu
nzxt kraken x72 cpu cooler
asus rog rtx™ 2080 ti strix o11g gpu
team t-force xcalibur rgb 4000mhz (2) ram
2 samsung 970 evo plus 1.0 tb ssd
seagate barracuda 4tb 4.0 tb hdd
nzxt e850 gold digital psu psu
nzxt aer rgb 2 120mm fan (rgb) 2 fan
cablemod 6+2 pin basic cable extension kit (red)
Awesome build, but my OCD (actual OCD, not of the garden-variety) can't get over that HDD. You went so far with everything else that a couple of 2TB Intel 660p SSDs could not hurt too badly.
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I forgot to update my pics. My cables came in a while back. I forget though to get one more power cable for my GPU. I will probably get that added here at some point. Annoys me to still have one plastic black cable in there! hahaha.
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