Description

Technically not a new build. I just moved my recent build into a new case as the old Thermaltake Level 10 had no room for a 360mm AIO, and I wanted to get a case that would support a future custom water loop if I muster enough cash and courage to get one. Grabbing a Swiss Army knife (to beat that dead joke further) and an actual screwdriver, I got down to work. This was my first time setting up an open-air PC from scratch so this was an interesting process that took me about 3 hours. I'm so happy with the result though.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really powerful CPU even at stock speed. It's way too expensive but this is the best gaming CPU on the market right now. It's a hot CPU, both figuratively and literally since it did jump 75 degrees after a little overclocking.

CPU Cooler

I installed an ML120R RGB cooler before so I could navigate around the mess of wires better this time. Also this time I actually hooked up the included RGB controller. I gotta say it looks great although the effects are a little limited even compared to Aura Sync. It cools the i9-9900K well and it's quiet at stock speed. At 5 GHz on all cores I hit upper 70s to mid-80s C on load.

Thermal Compound

I couldn't find a Kryonaut paste at the PC store so I took this tube instead. It spreads like a champ and works well. I personally don't believe there is a lot of difference among high-end thermal paste products. This works very well, even though it's hell to get off your fingers or if it accidentally smears on your desk.

Motherboard

Make sure to take off the plastic CPU socket cover before installing the CPU. I tried to close the socket while lifting off the cover like I usually would, and got one terrifying scrape sound. I thought I'd bent the pins or broke off a pad off the bottom of the CPU. Otherwise, it has good connectivity (less than the Aorus Master though), good BIOS and it lights up beautifully.

Memory

I've always used Corsair RAMs in my builds, and I always get great results in terms of performance. I got this for way cheaper than the G.Skill Trident Z modules, and the RAM lighting steals the show from the other RGB components. iCUE simply embarrasses Aura Sync in both aesthetics and usability. I really wish I could use it to manage the lighting on my whole system, but this isn't a perfect world.

Storage

Only a little slower than the Samsung EVO and about $70 cheaper. Boot time is ridiculously fast and having 1 TB of space is also great to have. It's infinitely better than the mechanical hard drives I'm used to anyway.

Storage

I bought two of those back in 2014 when the Seagate Barracuda I originally had failed. They're still functioning well but I may have to replace them if they start showing signs of aging.

Video Card

It's $150 cheaper than some RTX 2080s out there. I've always been an NVIDIA user but the better price to performance ratio won me over. Newer drivers fixed the stability and noise issues many reviewers talked about when the Radeon VII came out two months ago. Compatibility with macOS is certainly a good bonus if I decide to hop back on the Hackintosh train.

Case

This thing is 50 pounds empty and near immovable when decked out with parts and tempered glass. It came disassembled, so it was a weird IKEA-esque process to set it up as I added the parts on top of it. Keep the included manual handy as it will save you a ton of hassle. Cable management is a breeze thanks to the massive, empty triangle tower and the myriad of holes dotting its sides. If you're fitting it with an AIO, make sure that the AIO tubes are long enough. My ML360R tubes barely reached across and I had to do some weird gymnastics with the pump. It's a touch smaller than the old Thermaltake Level 10 (see the pic). It's way wider, so I'll have to grab a new desk as setting it next to a 32" monitor is impossible without a quarter of the monitor sticking outside the desk entirely.

Power Supply

It's Seasonic. This should be enough to make it a great PSU. It has good ripple suppression and the sleeved cables were long enough to reach to all components in a massive case like the Level 10 or Core P90 without much trouble. 1000W is great future proofing if I decide to have SLI or Crossfire set up.

Monitor

Brightness levels are a little too high even after calibration and manually changing its settings. It runs at 2560x1440 at 75Hz and supports FreeSync. The Bang & Olufsen speakers are top notch and it has enough connectivity for my use. (1 x DisplayPort for the computer, 2 HDMI ports for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch). It also has some neat USB passthrough ports

Keyboard

This thing is a pleasure to type and game on. The numpad can be detached if space was limited. It no way as loud as say, Cherry MX Blue but the travel and feedback are both satisfying

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I think thats the third 9900K+Radeon VII build lmao

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, it's the best of both worlds :P