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Well, I thought I was done updating my computer - then the mod bug hit.

In my pursuit of better graphic detail in Skyrim and Fallout 4 with smooth, consistent FPS, I started looking into upgrading from my GTX 1080. That led down the rabbit hole of upgrades, some just for the hell of it. They are as follows:

GPU * My MSI GTX 1080 Duke was working just fine in the aforementioned games, but I kept looking for more. I figured if I was going to upgrade my GPU, I'd go all the way and get an RTX 2080 ti. After a little research, I heard about the EVGA 2080 ti Black edition selling for under $1000; figuring I'd save a little money on a entirely unnecessary upgrade, I purchased this card and put it in my PC.

This card was fine from the standpoint of providing great graphics, but there were a couple of issues. Item 1: The fans on the EVGA card would make a clicking noise upon startup. This wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for the fact that the fans constantly turned on and off at idle temperatures - this could be heard with headphones on. Item 2: The heat sink is quite small for a card that runs hot. This means that the fans have to run REALLY hard to cool off the card. Temps were around 75 degrees under load, which is high but not really an issue. It was the FAN NOISE - my god the noise. The card was running the fans very fast to cool the card down and I could hear the gpu fans running in a closed case with headphones on while gaming. In an experiment to cool the card down and hopefully reduce GPU fan speed, I increased the speed on all 9 case/radiator fans - all I did was make a lot more noise, and I could still hear the GPU fans over everything else with headphones on.

Finally, I just said screw it and purchased the ASUS Strix RTX 2080 ti OC and didn't look back. You can see the difference in heat sink size between the EVGA and the ASUS in my pictures. Though I have the ASUS in performance mode, the fans are quiet and barely audible under load. I'ave always liked the look of the more recent Strix cards, but wanted some white accents, so I painted the shroud trim pieces white and called it a day.

Monitor Bought a 1440p monitor to take some advantage of the GPU.

RAM Didn't really need to upgrade it, but I figured since I had already bought a GPU and a monitor, why not get some RGB RAM? The G.Skill Trident Z RGB works well. I've got it running at 3200 mhz using XMP, and the RGB can be controlled by my ASUS motherboard (so all my RGB items - Halos, LED strip, motherboard, GPU, RAM - are controlled by ASUS Sync). Plus apparently my old ram was causing an occasional BSOD at startup, so the new RAM ended up being a worthwhile purchase just for that.

Mouse I'd had my old Razer Naga since around 2011 and it had developed a double-click issue when pressing the button once, so I got the Naga Trinity. Same shape, works well, always liked it for the multiple thumb buttons.

Keyboard I'd had a Razer Lycosa since 2011 - didn't need to replace it, but figure I'd try a mechanical keyboard for the first time. Upon recommendation from my sister, I looked at Ducky keyboards and pre-ordered a One 2 RGB TKL with Cherry Silent Reds. Nice keyboard - smaller than the Lycosa, but quite a bit heftier - good solid feel, and I've swapped out some keycaps.

Part Reviews

Memory

Nice; they clocked to the advertised 3200mhz via XMP without issue, and they're compatible with ASUS Sync. RGB is nice and bright - no complaints

Video Card

Great video card. Very quiet, very powerful, and runs pretty cool. I have slight coil whine at times, but it's very minor.

Keyboard

This is my first mechanical keyboard, so I don't have much to compare to, but it's a very solid piece. It's probably 75% heftier than my old Razer Lycosa, but 25% smaller. Keys are nice and quiet (Cherry Silent Red), plus the RGB and controlling software work well. The only negative of the RGB is that when record different colors for individual keys, the right and left LED's for the space bar don't turn on, so only the center LED is lit. With the YOTD space bar in place, it looks not good has only the center portion is lit.

Custom

These are a great product. I am able to choose fans that i wanted, unavailable with LED's, and add these for effect. LEDs are bright, and are controllable with my motherboard RBG software (ASUS Sync).

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build (pls make me one)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build man!!! Although I probably would have gone with an i7 8086k: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CgqhP6/intel-core-i7-8086k-4ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i78086k Other than that, I love this build, keep it up.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I bought the i7-7700K in early 2017 - the Coffee Lake chips weren't available then. Otherwise, i probably would have gotten an 8700K.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I didn't know that :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Not gonna lie I'm jealous AF lol. Good job tho.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get your viewsonic VA2431WM monitor to work with windows 10? Because I have 2 of those exact monitors and when I try to use them they display in 480p and I can't change the resolution. I also can't find any drivers for the monitors.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure - it's always worked at 1920 x 1080p for me. I'd purchased it probably 7 years ago and ran Windows 7 up until 2017 when I switched to Windows 10. Everything seemed to work fine then.

I'll have to take a look sometime this week to see if i can remember doing anything special to adapt it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

After seeing your build and seeing that those monitors can work in 1920 x 1080p I researched some more into it and figured out how to get them to work.

It turns that although the monitors aren't technically compatible with windows 10 you can just go into the advanced display settings then click on the display adapter properties for that monitor and then use the mode drop down menu to change the resolution and refresh rate. So I got both of the VA2431wm monitors that I had bought running at 1080p 59 hertz.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you got them working! That's strange though that it wouldn't be compatible with Windows 10. I'm still curious enough to take a look at my settings to see if I had to change anything

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, looking to get this particular GPU and was wondering what you used for your vertical mounting setup

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the cooler master vertical gpu mount. As an FYI, unless you have certain models of cooler master cases, you will need to cut the pcie bars on the back of your case. There’s no negatives other than cutting, but you should know that before you go down that route.

If cutting the bars off your case is a no go, you can get the cablemod bertical bracket, which doesn’t not require cutting your case. However, it will push the gpu a little closer to the front of the case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking into the cablemod bracket, but was just wondering what kinda stuff other people were using. Thanks!