Build Date : 22MAR2019

Build Name : Fumei

Named by me because the client couldn't come up with a name and I am a weeb, so I used the Japanese word for "unknown".


Client contacted me after being recommended by a previous client of mine. He had a budget of about $1000 but didn't want to spend all of it if he didn't have to. In addition to solid 1080p performance, he wanted it to be up-gradable and RGB.


The customer is coming from console gaming/light PC gaming on a laptop.His only intent currently is gaming. However, he wanted something he could upgrade later if he wanted.


The stock cooler would have certainly been fine, but for $24, why not? It improved aesthetics and besides, who likes a warm CPU?


So you're wondering wHy Z390 BoArD wItH nOn-K SkU? Four reasons.

  • Z390 guaranteed BIOS wouldn't need updated for 9-series CPUs
  • Customer might want to upgrade to a 9700K/9900K in the near-future
  • Combo deal on Newegg reduced it's price down into within $5 of the nicer B360M boards.
  • Finding a B360/H370 with an ADDR RGB header was in Z390 price territory anyways.


Intel isn't super picky about RAM nor does it scale like Ryzen, so I didn't spend too much time on this. I just used the parametric filter from one the Modest Intel Gaming Build.


If you've followed my builds or recommendations on the forums, you know that I am in a committed long term relationship with the Crucial MX500. <3


Opened up the GPU tab and clicked on 1660 Ti and picked the lowest cost one which worked out because I am a big fan of Zotac branded GPUs.


This was the hardest part of the build. I sent a bunch of photos of different styles of RGB fans/cases/etc to the client to try and gauge what he wanted. I spent about 2 hours looking around at different cases/fan/light combinations and the CM MB530P seemed like the best deal for a 3 sided tempered glass with 3 ARGB fans already installed. Time well spent because the client seemed very happy with it.

Power Supply

Once again, I just used the parametric filter from the build guide. With a 9400F and 1660 Ti, you're looking at about 225W peak gaming which is 50% load which is the perfect for peak efficiency and longevity of the unit.

Lessons Learned

Plan on spending a few extra minutes for cable management with this case as the back panel is glass and will put your rats nest on display otherwise. However, with the help of a removable panel and some patience, it's not that big of a deal and ends up looking pretty sick.

Additional Notes

I did take my DSLR to his apartment but I was sort of in a rush to get out of the there so I could get Taco Bell before my wife got off work and tried to convince me to eat something else. Also, as I've said over and over before, I don't like to whip out a camera in someone's home that I am not very close with, so I snapped a few photos when I could and then put it away. With that being said, some of the photos were sent to me from the client from his IPhone.

Builder Comments

I built this in about 50 minutes and it turned out pretty much how I envisioned. I do wish that I had built this in my workshop so that I could have spent more time taking photos as it really did turn out pretty nice, especially considering the price compared to other RGB builds of equal performance.

As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.

Thanks for reading!


  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I would add a hard drive, also how much did the motherboard cost????

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The client keeps most of his stuff on a large external for now. Although he might add a second M.2 drive or a 2TB 7.2K drive if he starts to run out of room.

The motherboard and CPU were $254.99 combined in a Newegg deal. Usually that motherboard is about $125 and the CPU is about $160.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, ty for letting me know :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I'm recently considering getting the i5 9400f processor, is there any motherboard that has the bios already up to date so I can just set up the processor without having to use another processor to update the mb's bios? Thank you in advance!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The BIOS to support 9th gen CPUs came out in July of last year for most manufacturers, so if you buy from a big retailer (Amazon, Newegg, Microcenter, etc), you're all but guaranteed to get one that will support the 9400f out of the box. If it weren't for the other reasons that I listed in my description, I would have probably gone that route and risked it with a nice B360.

With that being said, with the B365 chipset also natively supports 9th generation CPUs but it's a huge step backwards for Intel which is why only ASROCK has picked it up. I would rather have a B360/H370 or pay more for the Z390 than to buy a B365.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus Prime B365M-A also supports the Intel Core i5-9400F since its earliest BIOS version.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

just FYI using your vape near your PC is going to coat that **** with gunk over time.

my former roommate trashed his 6700k/1080 build because the stuff condensed all over the PCBs

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  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

How was working with this motherboard? I read some amazon reviews that were very negative. For example: "Stay away from rigs built with this mobo, it's the entry level of the line and it sucks. It's a horrible presentation of a z390 and really only geared towards people who don't know, or don't want, real options. The onboard controls are basic at best, and updating the firmware is a chore. For a hundred dollar board it's ok, but there are better options out there. This is the type of board you'll see in a spec'd out system sold online, and it's a way to cut costs. Go for the name brands."

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

It's hard to disagree or agree with that statement because it was purchased with the intent to support a mid-tier non-K CPU build, so most of the features that are expected of a 'Z' board are not, and probably won't be used unless the client decides to go for a 9700/9900K this summer (which he may). So until then, all I can say is that it's an excellent board for a 9400F, but much more than that, I don't have an answer for you. Sorry :(

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I would of personally of gone with a Ryzen 5 2600 and RTX 2060 as then you get Ray-Tracing. But that is what I would of gone for.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a bad idea, but he would have been over budget once you consider the extra cost for the 2060 and better RAM. Even then the 9400f would outperform the 2600 in most games, especially when the GPU is not a bottleneck. If he had other intentions for the PC outside of gaming, the 2600 would have been more of a consideration, but not this time.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Solid build surprised that cheapest 1660 ti wasn't a garbage looking EVGA one. Really like the build though the case is really nice because it comes with 3 RGB fans. For you next build though if your want a case that doesn't have fans but need some cheep RGB fans to add in these are pretty good and cheep. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Every single Turing EVGA card has fantastic thermals and noise levels.

Evga has the best Turing AIB suite without a doubt. Regardless of aesthetics.