Description

As a full-time commercial digital effects artist, part-time photographer and over the hill, spare-time, gamer, I need a PC that can render my personal 3D work, process very high megapixel raw still images, spit out 60fps on high quality game settings, all at 4K resolution on a single 32" monitor. My current setup, an almost 10yo Dell i7-960 3.6GHz quad-core system, just wasn't cutting it anymore, and needed to be retired. So over the holidays, I started the process of acquiring a new machine.

When I discovered Intel announced its new i9-9900K as "the world's best gaming CPU" with its 8 cores/16 threads, all at 5GHz after overclocking. I felt this new CPU would be the perfect balance between core speed and thread count without blowing the budget ( too much ).

Because I haven't assembled a PC since cases were beige and Windows came on several 3.5" floppy disks, I hopped on to YouTube to do research for my new build. In doing so, it became quickly apparent, RGB lighting is very popular right now. At first, I wasn't going to succumb to the bling-y RGB lifestyle, knowing full well it would come with a higher price tag. But then, the giant "Rainbow Unicorn" black hole opened and sucked me in. I ended up going full Vegas!

At the end of the day, I blew the budget a little bit. I blame the RGB black hole.

To mount Gigabyte's awesomely lit 2080ti graphics card vertically, I had to modify Cooler Master's 7U vertical bracket to a 6U bracket by chopping off the bottom ( sorry Cooler Master! ). This would allow me to add a USB 3.0 PCIe card to add extra USB ports and more importantly, introduce another USB 3.0 header to plug the other two USB ports in on the front of the case (the Z390 Aorus Master just has one USB 3.0 header, while the case requires two).

The USB 3.0 PCIe card I chose also needed the mounting bracket slightly trimmed in order to fit.

Also note, I don't know why Cooler Master cheaped-out on supplying the H500M case with no tach cable support for the two front 200mm fans. I had to purchase a 4pin Y-connector fan cable to replace the 3pin inferior one the case came with. For the price of the H500M, this shouldn't be!

I also replaced the rear case 140mm fan with an ARGB balanced one. I may have some negative pressure(?) going on with four exhaust fans and only two intake fans, but so be it.

Last, but not least, for total customization, I added a personalized signature CPU pump cover. I noticed the Cooler Master ML360R AIO came with a 3D print file of their pump cover. Since I do 3D for a living and have friends with 3D printers, I created a custom pump cover as a center piece for this build.


FYI - All prices are CDN dollars before tax and shipping. The bulk of the parts were purchased at Canada Computers with a few from Amazon.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 23 points

fingerprint: exists
thegeb: o my god, Who Touch Sasha?!
WHO TOUCH MY PC??!!?!?!?!!!1?!!?
some people think they can out-build me. Maybe.... maybe. I have yet to meet one that can outbuild Sasha.

(blindness noises)

(TF2 outro theme)

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

LOL!! Nice reference!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, funny

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Error Code 7: Out of memory at line 1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't spam.

  • 9 months ago
  • 14 points

Absolutely beautiful, love the photography! I'd be surprised if this doesn't result in a feature

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Called it

  • 9 months ago
  • 8 points

I can't decide whether to be more amazed by the build or the photography

It's a +1 for me

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Bump! +1 I was thinking the same thing!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

I love that contrast. Nice!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Dang that is amazing

+1 for sure

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

LOVE IT! +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

"without blowing the budget"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely Awesome! Love the parts list and the way you lay out your RBG. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, what does it take to vertically mount a GPU, as in how does it work?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The Russian judge gives it a 5. :P

Seriously though, nice work. SERIOUSLY nice work.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This is by far one of the best completed builds iv'e seen on this site.

+1 my dude.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1 from France! :)

But there is still one question that nobody seems to ask... what's with the wooden table on photo #29?! :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The table is actually a small stand, roughly 45cm x 25cm x 25cm that I have the computer sitting on to raise it off the floor. The open section in the middle is for all the power cables. The aesthetic is not quite right, being made of oak, so I didn't photograph the computer on it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Im machining a pc case out of oak as we speak lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, and even better photos. Great to see someone taking their time/effort in capturing quality photos of their rig. Nice work.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah the 2080ti is cool and all but those rgb fans will definitely give you at least an extra 30 fps on 1440p gaming

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's less about the fans and more about the RGB. RGB make go fast! ;)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing... I hope it will serve you well. PC is totally worth it when it will pay for itself eventually.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Every computer I have ever owned has lasted 5-10 years. Here's hoping this one does as well!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing. Cheers.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, this is absolutely hands down the most beautiful machine I've ever seen. Beautiful work of art. Congratulations!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the color scheme. The Aorus RTX looks awesome when vertically mounted. I don't really like vertically mounted GPU's but this one looks awesome.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

"At the end of the day, I blew the budget a little bit. I blame the RGB black hole."lol. The sin is not in being outmatched, but in failing to recognize it. btw, you've done a one hell of a job on the build, I'm amazed by your photography skills too a big +1 from me.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe I just missed it since I was skimming through the comments, but I don't think anyone's mentioned how awesome the pump cover is. I love things that are customized like that, and it looks great.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

OH MY GOD

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazeballs.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!!! Very Nice!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build.

How are those GPU temps?

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

GPU temps are maybe a degree or so warmer than the standard mount. But not bad. I do have a monster airflow case though...and it's winter here with the window slightly open behind the computer. I'll let you know in August!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Started my hand at overclocking the GPU. At full load I'm currently around 2100MHz with 71C.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

rgb mouse?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The mouse is a very basic Razer mouse with the standard green glowing logo. I couldn't justify paying more than double to get one with RGB control. I know, I'm cheap ;)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Such great! Much success!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is absolutely amazing

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

One word. WOW. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, so "RGB bling-y" but what was your planned budget w/o the rgb?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I started with a $3K budget using an entry level Z390MB and 2080Ti. Wanted to experiment with overclocking, so it went up to just under $4K with upgrades to both. Finally, swapped the non-RGB RAM, AIO, rear case fan and GPU all for RGB ones and added RGB LED strips, a vertical GPU bracket and custom sleeved cables. Budget blown!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

CDN dollars

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build. Love the case. You did a great job with the RGB.

BTW -It's just not a custom build unless a Dremel is involved.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I did use a Dremel (for like 6secs) on the CPU pump cover, does that count? ;)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah. it's not modding if there isn't any cutting or drilling.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, there was cutting and drilling!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Negative pressure is not fun. But there are ways to avoid it. Like adding a bottom fan if your case allows it, and swapping the 140's up front for 3 120's. Most cases with PSU shrouds have a removable front piece to allow better airflow like this. Does yours? With your rad fans being on top, it might not be as bad as you are thinking. But I'd personally still go with 3x120's in the front.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans in front are actually 2x200mm running in pull, based on CPU temps. The rear case fan is 140mm, monitoring VRMs, on exhaust. The 3x120mm AIO fans monitor CPU temps, set to exhaust. So, I think i may only have negative pressure only when CPU/VRMs get hot. Otherwise, I think i'm good.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

What I did was instead of monitoring temps, regardless, I had the front fans pushing more air at all times and the increments would increase with all fans under loads based on cpu temps. This way, there was always positive pressure. Since your top fans are exhaust also, you could tone them down the most and under full load go maybe 2-300 rpm less than the rear fan, so your rear fan pulls more air from the front. This was also how I got the lowest temps all around. I never like having top fans, so I moved my AIO to the front in push/pull and only had a rear fan. That helped a tone for positive pressure and always kept the air flowing to the back of the case. Adding a bottom fan pushed it past the gpu too. With a 6700k oc to 4.8 temps still never got past 65 unless benchmarking. Just some food for thought. Top fans always create too much negative pressure and in theory, this is better for exhaust but ends up drawing idle air in from all spots that are open creating a dust magnet. The best experience I have ever had with airflow is not using top fans at all and with push/pull on a front rad. Having a 140 in the rear is perfect for a push/pull setup with 120's in the front. Your VRM temps will only increase when your cpu temps do, and having an exhaust monitoring them does nothing special to cool them. Keeping the front/bottom flow above the rest does. Natural convection is a scientific fact, but as soon as you add forced cooling, natural convection is vastly overpowered by a single fan.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Very in depth. Thanks for the info!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 fellow Canuck! Great build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

All I can say is WOW! Excellent build, amazing photography and aesthetics. Worth featuring.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. Gorgeous photos

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

feature

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I smell a feature

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the radiator fans be installed under the radiator ? Is there enough space ?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The Aorus Master MB has a plastic shroud on the VRMs. Having the fans in the case caused a minor conflict with that shroud. I suppose I could have Dremeled the corner off the shroud since they are purely cosmetic. From my research, push/pull doesn't matter for cooling the rad. It would just be for pure aesthetics.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) what is cpu temp ? İdle and full load ?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

With stock CPU settings, on full load, I get just over 70C. I'm still playing around with getting a stable OC. Idles at around 24C.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Keyboard?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

see parts list

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

OML this is by far the most amazing build ive ever seen. +10000000000

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build enjoy it

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Im pretty sure that cooler master is selling vertical gpu brackets

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

how are you getting the ring effect on the GPU fans?

I can see if you over exposed the shot, but I don't see any leds on those fans

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

LEDs are at root of fan blades. The ring effect is a result of a slightly longer exposure. It's not as apparent IRL. I can't help it. I work in advertising!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I figured it was longer exposure, but I was looking at the product page because I couldn't see the actual LEDs

nice build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

"I want 60 fps on 4k" *Buys 2080 Ti wot

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

F in chat for us 2013 iMac peasants

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that rig is nice

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks amazing!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Thank you for pointing out the riser reference. I may put my graphics card vertically too. :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to take those photos??

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

NOT my phone. My Canon DSLR camera and a tripod. No flash. Lenses used 70mm-200mm and 16mm-35mm,

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job dude!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful, well done.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Im getting a similar build as yours how are the temps on the cpu with this MOBO. Also love your build :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU temps are based on the cooler style, fan configuration and voltage settings in the UEFI/Bios. I would look more at the VRM temps of each MOBO. In saying that, from my research, Gigabyte boards seem to have the coolest VRMs of the lot. I have no problems keeping the VRMs cool on this MOBO which makes OCing more efficient. There are a lot of reviews on YoutTube of all the Z390 boards.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It has a 12 phase VRM and i think is one of the best Z390 boards you can get for the i9-9900k. Compared to the Asus Maximus line wich is so overpriced and bad quality. But my question was im looking into the same cooler as yours and does it do the job for the i9 becuse i've read some bad reviews about the MasterLiquid series. And especially becuse the i9 has some heat problems

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Not gonna lie, the i9-9900K runs hot. The ML360R cooler seems fine, not having used any others. I have an all core 5.0GHz overclock at 1.31V, and after a 1hr CPU stress test in AIDA64, the CPU package read a high of 87C. That might be high for some, but I believe AIDA64 stresses the CPU unlike any other app, so I don't think it'll ever get that temp during normal operation. Hopefully this helps(?).

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow 87C is pretty hot. I agree with you its not like you are stressing the cpu that much 24/7 and the VRM on the mobo will definetly help

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks amazing! Just wondering if you went with getting the vertical GPU mount instead of using the ones that come with the H500M because it puts the GPU further away from the glass? I am getting the exact same card as yourself and want to also vertically mount it but my concern was always that the case vertical mounts look waaaaaaay to close to the glass to be conducive for getting decent airflow to cool the card. Would you recommend buying the coolermaster vertical mount instead of using the existing case ones?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The mount on the case is made for a 2U wide card and doesn't support the card that well, in my opinion. The case also doesn't come with a PCIe riser cable. My gfx card is quite heavy, 3U wide and, as you thought, would sit right against the glass. This would be bad for airflow. I first saw the CableMod vertical GPU bracket, but I believe it only supports a 2U wide card, but does a nice job of positioning the card away from the side of the case. I stumbled upon the Cooler Master bracket and thought it looked to be perfect. It does a great job as my GPU temps are not noticeably higher than a standard mount in this case. You just have to sacrifice all the other PCIe slots.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

i never thought i would see a computer themed after hit flash game fire boy and lava girl!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you meant "FireBoy and WaterGirl"...and I had no idea who they were before i just Googled it!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, its some flash game we used to play in the 3rd-5th grade

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic photography!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Colour scheme is brilliant!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you said sorry to the case, so canadian! hah

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably one of the best looking builds ive ever seen

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

wow.

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