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My Very First PC Build!

by TonsofPuppies

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Date Published

Jan. 20, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

Description

This is my first ever PC build and I wanted to go all out, getting the best of the best. I hope that this machine will last me for several years without having to routinely upgrade. It will not only be used as a gaming machine, but also a production rig, though the original plan was to build purely a gaming computer. Some notes:

Z390 / i9 9900K

I went with Intel's Z390 platform and the i9 9900K (as opposed to my original plan of going with Z370 / 8700K) because I want to do some moderate production with this machine - game development, as well as photo and video editing. It will not be purely for gaming - I would have stuck with the 8700K if I was building purely a gaming rig.

I opted out of going the X299 / Threadripper route as the gains from those platforms would not be of much benefit for the level of production I plan on doing, plus would likely perform worse (or at best, the same level) whilst gaming, for a much higher cost.

64 GB of RAM

For the same reasons stated above, I opted to go with 64 GB of RAM. I had originally planned to go with 32, as 16 seems to be the "sweet spot" for gaming and I wanted to future proof myself to some degree. As I'm sure you all know, RAM gets eaten quickly when using Adobe software for rendering, so 64 GB just made the most sense to me. I went with the 3200 MHz variant, as the gains beyond 3000 MHz seem to be almost non-existent.

31 TB of onboard storage

It might seem like overkill for most, but I'm one of those people who always seems to be running out of storage. This is the way I have set up the drives:

1 TB Samsung 970 Pro - OS and applications 2 TB Samsung 970 Evo - Steam Library / other games / mods 2x 14 TB Segate Ironwolf Pro (running RAID-1) - mass storage for media, documents and system back ups

To put things in perspective, my lossless music collection is roughly 5-6 TB on it's own, so that storage will get eaten up pretty quickly, though 14 TB drives should mean I won't have to upgrade for awhile.

No monitor

It might seem sacrilegious to most, but I decided NOT to go with a monitor for this machine and am instead using a 4K HDTV / surround sound system. I know monitors have higher refresh rates and are natively comparable with more resolutions, but you can't beat the sheer size of a big screen to me. Perhaps a Nvidia BFGD will be an option in the future - sadly they aren't available currently.

Final Thoughts

It wasn't too much trouble to put this beast together, but it was time consuming, particularly the cable management. Due to the fact that the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE is glass on both sides and the front, it meant that there was no room to be lazy with the cable management. It took a long time and it's still far from "professional grade", but for my first time build, I think it came out well. For anyone wondering, I replaced the Noctua fans from the Asus Ryujin with 3 of Corsair's LL120s. It works perfectly fine within Asus' Fan Xpert software.

The only issue that I had with the computer thus far is that when I originally booted it, I had a bright green line going down the right side of the OLED display on the AIO. I thought it was broken, but it was fixed when I updated the Asus software. This appears to be a common bug with these new Asus coolers with the OLED display. Any questions, feel free to ask. Please tell me what you think - hope you guys enjoy!

Bonus

Video of it in action!

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stat.logic 1 Build 8 points 3 months ago

So many pictures, and so satisfying. Great build!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 5 points 3 months ago

Thanks a lot! I'm glad I documented the build pretty thoroughly. It's nice to go back and relive it. Haha

deathbat6916 1 Build 4 points 3 months ago

Very detailed image selection, and the final results are great.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Thanks a lot for taking the time to check them out!

deathbat6916 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

I'll be honest, I skipped to the end after a bit because there were SO MANY, but props on being so detailed.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Haha, no worries. The included video properly sums it up pretty well anyway.

deathbat6916 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Alrighty, I'll be sure to watch and give you a like hopefully,

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks a lot! Hope you enjoy(ed) it!

Zirf 4 points 3 months ago

How long did it take to save up for this?

_Unphazed_ 2 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

Likely an accomplished professional in their field haha

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Quite awhile. Lol

Zirf 2 points 3 months ago

What is your job?

clone_the_quack 1 point 1 month ago

yeah whats your job, bet your skilled in what you do for a beast like this pc

DarkEnergy18 4 points 3 months ago

Just saying, you’re first build is hella expensive. It’s an amazing build though

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Expensive, but worth it in my eyes. Thanks for your comment! :)

Bananahk 4 points 3 months ago

Why use a motherboard made for custom water cooling then go with an AIO?

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Good question and if I'm being perfectly honest - mostly aesthetics and the OLED LiveDash display.

Demmonz 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Absolutely amazing, overkill on storage..never! I am working on a new build as well and just my psd drive is close to a TB as well as my render clutter..I never delete much. So many photos but was a.great journey, well worth it for the memories and the passion for building is apparent.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Finally someone who understands my storage struggles.

beanpool 3 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

Goodness... Go big or don't at all!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

That was my philosophy. First time has to be one to remember. Haha

benaccess3 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

'GASP'

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Hahaha

Awadhan 2 points 3 months ago

Awesome build. love the pictures of the build installation. This thing will last you a decade.The only thing i see you changing is the graphics card in 5 years time,Congrats!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot! Glad you enjoyed them!

kaedekurosawa18 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Not overkill on storage. You'll probably have this PC for a while, and the amount of things you'll do on it would probably be quite extensive. Steam games alone can be up to 80 gigs. Like, for example, I have about 3 terabytes of total storage across 6 drives, and have only had this PC for a little less than a year and a half. I'm not a hardcore gamer, so I have about 4 games here. The rest are pictures, videos, docs and a few apps. Already, I've used about 73.6% of my total storage. In just >1.5 years. So overkill? Not at all. You just thought ahead! I did that with my PC in regards to the power supply: 750 watts for a 300ish watt pc is not a bad thing. I'm making sure I have enough power for future upgrades. All that aside, beastly build! I love it!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks a lot. It makes me really happy when someone understands my storage needs. Lol

Funblob15 1 point 2 months ago

aint no such thing as overkill ha

gdonns17 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I love the documentation! Great first build, hope you enjoy it! And using a tv is a perfectly valid choice, if you wanted to do 4k, you weren't ever going to get much higher than 60fps even with a 2080ti

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, only in select games. I could do Doom in 4K @ 120 no problem, which I'm sure would be badass, but I just can't see myself getting used to gaming on a 27-inch display.

gdonns17 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It's a lot faster than you may think. If you were to do so, though, I would still buy a 2k display. With that 2080ti you could max out fps and settings at the same time. I wasn't a believer until I got a 144hz gsync display; I thought beauty over smoothness any day - but my eyes can't tell the difference between 2k and 4k resolutions. They only really care about smoothness; and let me tell you, playing on consoles after this monitor is crazy disorienting.

XdCookiie 2 points 2 months ago

Pika

Gamingjack2004 1 point 2 months ago

so how do you like the asus strix 2080ti i've been looking into getting one soon?

nocringe 2 points 2 months ago

30 tb....

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

30+1. ;)

nocringe 1 point 2 months ago

wow! i dont know how you pulled that off! great job!

Dastantaha 2 points 2 months ago

awesome build! in detail pictures and in chronological order too haha I love it!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! :)

memotheminion 2 points 1 month ago

I like the little pikachu, I bet it gave you an extra 10fps

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

It sure did!

undeadrebel1441 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

What did you use to take those pictures?

+1 on build by the way this is beautiful

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Thanks! iPhone X

ooferino 2 points 1 month ago

is there a reason you bought a water cooling motherboard?

DanDan825 2 points 25 days ago

hi im trying to build pc and um will dis run minecraft at low setting with 30 fps? (Just a joke, please dont get offeneded :D)

micklealpha 1 point 21 days ago

i built this and got 24 fps on medium!

DanDan825 1 point 21 days ago

ThAnKs

ARJ-sama 1 point 3 months ago

Hmmm That Nice Build man!(And in the end Ps4Pro?Nintendo switch Thats a HardCore Gamer Right there)Nice Job Bro!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot!

moathon 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

This computer better last you 10 years if you wanna get your money's worth...

mitchthomas 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I was just thinking the same thing.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm hoping that it will.

UltraSive 1 point 3 months ago

Upgrades to new Nvidia graphics card in two years

DigitalizedpH 1 point 3 months ago

Um just eager to know why would u need 28 TB of space? , it seems overkill asf

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I wrote about it in the post.

Somil 1 point 3 months ago

You should have saved some money by getting Asus Maximus XI Hero or Code because Formula is for watercooling & also the pre applied thermal paste is better than Arctic Silver 5 , it will make sense if you replaced it with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut . Otherwise great build +1

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot. Noted about the Kryonaut. I opted for the Formula over. the Hero due to aesthetics + the OLED LiveDash + it gives me the option to do a custom loop in the future if I want to. Only $100 difference, with this budget, it was meaningless.

kaedekurosawa18 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Also, the Surprised Pikachu meme. Cute!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Pokemon for life! <3

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Its scary to think how much money you actually might have. But why not the two Titan RTX cards? They re GOLD XD

VaxtinTheWolf 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Well then.. Browsing through that image stack was an adventure in itself. This build was well documented.

DougS2K 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I hate RGB but that's the only negative I can say about this build. This machine is a beast and for a first build, stellar job. Also, welcome to PC gaming on a TV. I've been gaming on a 65" LED for the past few years and love it!

Velcade 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Congrats on finding a 2080TI STRIX!!!

Very cool build. Enjoy

billlake01 1 point 3 months ago

The green line on the monitor indicates you need a video card update. You can force the update, or just let it auto update, then it goes away.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for the info. You are talking about on the AIO display, correct?

EthanA55 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

A little expensive for a first build, but looks really nice

Alexus907 1 point 3 months ago

How do you like the case? About to do a build and can not decide on a case.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Love it. The motherboard was a tight squeeze tho.

RWags82 1 point 3 months ago

Did you have any fitment issues with the motherboard? I did a similar build with the same tower and motherboard and it took forever to mount.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yep, it didn't want to go easily, that's for sure. Very tight fit. Had to use a bit more force than I felt comfortable with.

Socofoshow 1 point 2 months ago

Jesus H. F***...... absolute beauty of a beast! just needs another 2080 ti! lol

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Considered it, but I was told to avoid it due to the problems that plague SLI.

keene3noel 1 point 2 months ago

Where did you buy the ROG ryujin 360? its all out of stock :( im trying to build almost same as yours but not gonna overkill in storage im from canada too btw (saw the frame on the wall)

Im gonna be using thermaltake view 71 (will maximus xi formula fit?) maximus xi formula i9-9900k rog ryujin 360 rog thor 850w 16gb corsair dominator rog strix 2080ti 250gb 970 evo 2tb sagate

and hoping to water cool it in future.

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I got it on Newegg back in December.

Jlew6116 1 point 2 months ago

Any reason why you didnt get a bigger PSU?

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Not necessary with one GPU. Talked to many people about it and was told the only reason to go 1000+ is if you're running SLI. Going larger without would actually LOWER my efficiency.

somakutala 1 point 1 month ago

What lengths of cables did you buy from CableMod?

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

They're the standard lengths. If you look at the premade kits, I just used the same lengths with the custom cables. 60 / 70 cm, iirc.

kekunt 1 point 1 month ago

great build but for 12000 you could get 2 rtx cards?

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If I was willing to sacrifice in other areas, sure. I considered 2, but SLI seems like it creates more problems than it's worth.

SaiMurksz 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build!

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks!

SmaugTheGoldenDragon 1 point 1 month ago

Very nice set up you have there. How's it working out for you? Is there anything you'd change?

TonsofPuppies submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Not at the moment. I'm enjoying it very much thus far!

cheezectv563 1 point 1 month ago

Im looking at the same motherboard that you have. Does it ship with water in the vrm block?

IrishWristwatch 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No motherboards ship with water. That block is there for custom loops and fittings.

cheezectv563 1 point 1 month ago

Thats what I assumed, never had a block or anything so getting all chickens in line before i mess up. lol thanks!

IrishWristwatch 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No problem! I would get a normal board for a pc set up. I went simple with my build with all in one cpu cooler and the rest all cooled. That way I don't have to worry about water or special components.

cheezectv563 1 point 1 month ago

It's not a normal PC build for me. Both work and gaming will be done on it. Plus want to try my hand at it so I can start having client builds with custom loops.

Nkwele123 1 point 1 month ago

Can i see how the pc runs.

bstefanski23 1 point 1 month ago

This is absolutely breathtaking. Outstanding build and the cable management is perfection. So expensive and I'm struggling saving up for a 1500 dollar build lol. Nice selection of parts put to use. You got mighty balls of steel!! Go Big or don't do anything style! 11/10

_Roller_ 1 point 1 month ago

What kind of CPU and GPU temps are you getting under load/stress?

BigRedCatFTW 1 point 27 days ago

In love with this build! Congrats on completing such a project. It looks amazing, and this was well documented.

sfxer0 2 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

1500 for CPU + Mobo for 16 threads vs 1200 for CPU + Mobo for 32 threads and somehow the AMD route is more expensive lol?

Alex_legend21 1 point 10 days ago

Noice

BakerRacing 1 point 7 days ago

I could definitely use that in my Baker Racing Simulator, that is great!! Thank you for sharing.

ColinR0s 1 point 5 days ago

What did you think of the storage 14tb!

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