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