Description

Hey guys,

So this was my first build where I actually had a nice chunk of change to throw around. I wanted something that would be powerful enough to game on as well as have high I/O for file transferring. I also needed a GPU that could crack passwords (ethically, of course). Below you will find the part list and any modifications that I have made to them. I will also write a review for each part once I have used this PC for a few months. I know the picture with all of the parts has a very cheap Gigabyte power supply (came free with the purchase of the GPU). I did not actually use it in the build. Had to get a fully modular power supply and a bit more juice. Something to note is that my PC is in my basement where the temps stay about 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of my house. That greatly effects my temps, so bare that in mind.

P.S. Scored 10,436 on Time Spy in 3D Mark. That puts this rig at the top 92%. Not half bad considering I do not have a Core i9 9900K or a 2080 Ti. Enjoy the build.

Part List:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Master

CPU: Intel Core i7 9700k @ 3.6Ghz (OC to 4.9 GHz)

GPU: Gigabyte Aorus Nvidia RTX 2080 Extreme

RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB x2 @ 3200Mhz

CPU Cooler: Cougar Helor 240 RGB AiO

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB M.2 drive x2 (software raid using EZ-RAID)

Case: Cougar Gemini T Glass-Wing

Fans and controller: Cougar Hydraulic Vortex RGB SPB 120 mm PMW HDB (x3)

Power supply: EVGA 750 G3 750W 80+ Gold

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU has handled anything that I've thrown at it and I do some pretty CPU intensive things with this build. No need to spend the extra money on the i9 9900K. Truly, save your money and get the 960 EVO Pro NVMe. Temps stay pretty low. I tried pushing it to 5.0 GHz but I did not win the silicon lottery. 4.9 GHz is fine though.

CPU Cooler

At first I was skeptical about this cooler but after realizing how easy it was to install and how cool my CPU was under high loads, I became a believer. Cougar actually makes decent quality products. It was a bit tricky to get the hoses to bend the way I wanted them to but I got it eventually. Beware, however, if your motherboard is over sized, you may end up rubbing a bit if you install the radiator inside of the case as opposed to the top mounted configuration.

Motherboard

Let me start off by saying that this motherboard exceeded all of my expectations. I had read reviews about the UEFI BIOS face lift that Gigabyte had recently came out with and how clunky it was but I found it easy to use and understand. This MB is very aesthetically pleasing but its best attribute is the hardware it supports. It has 3 M.2 slots and can support up to 64 GB of RAM. Very well manufactured if I say so myself.

Memory

G.Skill never disappoints. Memory came clocked at 3200 MHz as advertised. Just made some changes to the BIOS settings to allow it to use its full clock speed and it was off to the races. Planning on getting two more 16 GB sticks in the future. I'll have a server for a PC.

Storage

I wanted to get two of the 960 EVO Pro M.2 drives but my build was already too expensive. I'm not throwing shade at the 860 at all, as it transfers files very quickly. Even without the NVMe protocol, I feel like Samsung has truly gotten it right. Wouldn't go with any other manufacturer when it comes to M.2 SSDs.

Video Card

This card is a work of art. It is not OC but I feel like it doesn't need to be either. I scored over 10K on Time Spy with this build. That puts it at the top 92%. I'm okay with that. The fans stop running when the GPU is idle and a threshold temp is reached. This conserves some of the fans' life as they are not continuously running, so don't be alarmed if the fans are not always spinning. Very cool fan technology with the RGB LEDs right on the fans. By installing RGB Fusion, you can get the fans to output a number of modes and colors. Very well designed.

Case

This case is beautiful. However, it lacks some details on the description that would've been nice to know. The top USB type A and type C ports use two different connectors on the motherboard. I was forced to connect the 2 type a USB ports and cannot use my USB type C port. Also, the motherboard is a bit over sized for this case as the bottom of the fan located at the rear of the case rubs against it a bit. All in all though, the case does fit everything else pretty nicely.

Power Supply

Standard power supply. Does the job it is intended to do.

Monitor

Decent monitor for the price. I will upgrade when I save up enough money.

Keyboard

This is Corsairs cheapest gaming keyboard. It doesn't feel that way though. This keyboard is functional and very attractive as well. It has 6 macro keys on the left side of the keyboard and has many different modes for the RGB lighting and can be controlled by Corsair's iCue software. All in all, I'm very impressed at the price to quality ratio of this keyboard.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks good but i get the feeling that the airflow to your GPU is choked by your side panel. How much clearance is there between the GPU and the side panel ?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

@Ceraphim Yes, the clearance is quite tight. Because I vertically mounted my GPU that is a trade off I had to make. If I had to guess, I would say the clearance is about 1/2" - 3/4". The only reason I can get away with this is because of how many fans I have on this thing and the fact that my basement is naturally cold. You can probably get some more clearance out of it if you play with the screws that are holding it in but this case was designed to push the air out from all sides. I will get more pictures out soon to show. I have done some better cable management as well.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

By any chance, are you using Hash Suite?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using hashview.io frontend with hashcat as the backend on an Ubuntu core VM. So no, not hash suite.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature. Calling it.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Appreciate it.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I smell a feature

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, idk. I feel like I would need to clean it up a bit more but it would be cool to get featured.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

this looks amazing!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I appreciate the love.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

you are welcome

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That looks super nice

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for looking at it.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Best name 11/10

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thanks man!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This thing could cause seizures and I say that in the nicest way. Cougar makes the slickest cases. Gives you a tingle every time you turn it on right? Enjoy, nice job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Funniest comment so far. Thanks for the love man!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Looked at pictures went blind idk how I’m typing this rn