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by DragonJ


I fell in love with the aesthetic of the RTX 2080 Ti Founder's Edition and wanted to create a build centered around it. This will eventually move to the Chimera Mach One case when that's released.

This build is meant primarily for 4K HDR gaming with some machine learning on the side. At least, that's what I tell myself as I browse for rare puppers.

CPU: Originally I was going to go with the i9-9900K, but AMD pre-empted that by slashing the R7 2700 to $220 ahead of the Intel release. Combined with some Amazon promotions going on at the time, I was able to score the processor for $160 which was a no-brainer considering my use case of 4K gaming was GPU bound. Currently overclocked to 4.0 GHz but I will probably need to dial that down when I move to a smaller form factor case.

CPU Cooler: Meant for Threadripper processors, this thing is massive overkill for my processor. Massive overkill means silence though, as I've been able to keep the CPU fan at under 50-60% at load even overclocked. I admit, I bought this just because it matched so perfectly with the look of the RTX 2080 Ti FE.

Motherboard: Initially I was going to go mini ITX, but I wasn't really happy with the Ryzen motherboard selection for the form factor. I wanted to run dual m.2 SSDs (one NVME, one SATA) without affecting GPU PCI-E lanes, and the only ITX motherboards out there at the time I built this cut GPU lanes to x8 if both m.2 slots were in use. I thought this one would solve that issue (in addition to having a nice aluminum look), but it turns out my NVME SSD runs at PCI-E 2.0 x4 now because I don't know how to thoroughly read manuals before buying things. Oh well.

Memory: Low latency RAM to make the CPU happy. Went with 2 sticks over 4 because I may yet move to mini ITX depending on how the Mach One case plays out.

Storage: Since my plan is to move this build to a SFF PC, I wanted to stay away from even 2.5" SSDs or anything that would necessitate more power cables than absolutely necessary. Hence, a NVME m.2 drive for the OS and a SATA m.2 drive for storage.

GPU: The centerpiece of the build - Nvidia's latest and greatest GeForce GPU, tracing rays (when available) and looking pretty.

Case: This case checked all the boxes - reasonably sized, vertical GPU mount, could fit the massive Fryzen CPU cooler, and looked good (the "aluminum" pillars are actually plastic though). Eventually this will be replaced with the Mach One but until then it looks pretty good on my desk.

PSU: One of the highest quality PSUs on the market.

Case Fans: Had these left over from my last build, and some of my favorite case fans ever. Silent and stylish. I wanted to try the new Noctua Sterrox fans but I just can't get over the color scheme.

Monitor: This thing is louder than my computer. Looks great though - made my old X34 look like a TN panel display. Still a ways to go to catch up with a nice OLED TV however.

Keyboard: This is a custom keyboard kit from a group buy ran in 2017. It's a solid chunk of aluminum that could probably be used to grievously wound someone. I have it outfitted with lubed Tangerine switches and lubed Zeal gold stabilizers. The keycaps are mostly from GMK Muted, with GMK Serika for Esc and the arrow keys. The wrist rest is a marble wrist rest from Royal Glam, and the desk mat is the Canvas desk mat from Rama Works. Cable is a coiled mini USB cable from KPRepublic.

Mouse: The G900 is still best mouse I've ever used, and I'm never going back to a wired mouse.

Speakers: Feniks Essence desktop speakers paired with a REL T-Zero subwoofer. Perfect for a small room.

Headphones: Still trying these out. They sound decent and are low latency, but wondering how important latency is vs. sound quality as I suck at games anyways.

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Phildilf 3 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

"I bought this just because it matched so perfectly with the look of the RTX 2080 Ti FE."

Literally my first thought. Gorgeous!

Ben28282 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

That looks so good

ThriftStoreRaider 9 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

The FE 20 series card compliments the Deepcool Fryzen very well. +1

JACKRABYT 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Can it game at 4k 144hz?

DragonJ submitter 7 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

I have it set at 4k 98hz to keep full 4:4:4 chroma for now. I'm sure it can hit 144 with less demanding games, AAA games are going to be in the 60-100 range.

tagthisisgm 2 points 5 months ago

What monitor arm did you use? Looks great!

DragonJ submitter 7 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I used the VIVO aluminum single monitor arm - https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Aluminum-Adjustable-Articulating-STAND-V001Q/dp/B01LYVCEIB.

It feels like it's at its limit with this behemoth of a monitor but still holding steady. I love the drop-in mechanism it has for mounting the monitor, makes it super easy to mount and take out.

Draconovich 2 points 4 months ago

It looks glorious my brother. Especially with the halo ring on that pretty monitor of yours. I hope you enjoy it well.

mohawkpod 2 points 4 months ago

"but it turns out my NVME SSD runs at PCI-E 2.0 x4 now because I don't know how to thoroughly read manuals before buying things. Oh well."

Does this board not support gen 3 x4, or did this happen because you're using 2 m.2 drives or something?

DragonJ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It was because of the dual m.2 drives. It can support one m.2 drive at gen 3 x4 just fine. Unfortunately this seems to be an issue with most Ryzen ITX/mATX motherboards.

mohawkpod 2 points 4 months ago

Oh that's a pity. Thanks for the reply and great builds!

145638 1 point 4 months ago

Why did you chose the 2700 instead of the 2700x

DragonJ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Got the 2700 for $160; couldn't pass that deal up. Planning to upgrade to next generation of Ryzen or switch to Intel when I move cases.

SYL5392700 1 point 3 months ago

What are the temps like with the Fryzen? I am planning to use it too cause i love the aesthetics of it - and i like overkill.

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