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This was my second build and first since 2012. I upgraded from a i5-2550k and GTX 780 ti. Originally I planned on buying a 2080 ti however I decided to hold off since RTX 30 series cards are probably about 6 months away. I'm thinking I will hold onto this card for about a year and then upgrade to RTX 3080 if the price is right. I wound up settling on the Strix 2070 super in the mean time since I had a good experience with the last air cooled Asus card I had (DC2 680) which was quiet and kept the temps down. I found from my last build that I wanted a CPU that would last more than a couple years which is why I went with the i9-9900k instead of a i7-9700k. I'm hoping to get 5 years or so out of this CPU before I'll need to upgrade again. It won't be long before games start utilizing more than 8 threads. Longevity is also why I went with 32gb of ram instead of 16gb which also leaves me the option to add another 32gb if I want later on. I am also really impressed with the Arctic AIO that I chose. I was originally going to go with a Corsair AIO as I've used a few of them in the past and they worked well. However after doing some research on the Liquid Freezer II line from Arctic I decided to go with the biggest one they made to try and keep the 9900k cool. It did not disappoint. I believe this is probably one of the best performing AIO's you can get right now and its cheaper than probably most if not all of the similar sized offerings from Corsair, NZXT, and other brands. I also decided to spend some money this time around on sleeved PSU extensions and cable combs which make the build look a lot cleaner.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Got this board because it was reasonably priced at the time of purchase ($150 which was the same price as the non wifi pro at the time). Reviews of it were good saying that the VRM's were well done which you need if overclocking as I intended to do. Other features I wanted were at least 2 nvme slots, 6 sata slots, and a usb c header which this checked all of the boxes. Although I don't have other boards to compare to, I did not think the RGB on this board looked all that good, especially the around the ram, so I disabled it in the bios.

Memory

RGB on these look good, nicely diffused. One thing I did not realize was one side of the DIMM is black while the other is a gunmetal color. I got this kit instead of the 4x8GB so that I have the option to upgrade to 64GB down the road if I want. 3200mhz is fast enough for me, I'm not sure I would be able to tell the difference if I went faster anyway. These were also the most affordable of the RGB available at the time of purchase.

Case

Chose this case because it had all the features I wanted and had a simple design. I wanted a case that could fit a 360mm rad up top and not have clearance issues with the motherboard. I also wanted a case that would fit a 360mm rad in the front, had a nice PSU shroud and had the ability to hold a decent number of drives while hiding them out of sight. My only complaints with this case are I wish it could hold 4 or 5 3.5 inch drives instead of 3, though i know the average user of this case probably doesn't need that many drives. The second complaint is the way the glass door comes off. There's nothing preventing the glass from falling off and shattering once you undo the two latches in the back. It would be nice if there was a little internal hinge that kept the glass door from falling once the latches are undone that you could then slide the door out of.

Power Supply

My last power supply was a Supernova G2 750w which I was very happy with. For this build I wanted to continue to use the Supernova line. Initially I was going to go with a G5 however after reading reviews I found that the G5 was not based on Superflower's latest Leadex platform. This is what lead me to the G3 instead which was still based on the Leadex platform. The G3 is built really well. Its smaller than the G2 line and utilizes the same all black sleeved cables as the G2 (in fact they are interchangeable if you want to do a G2 for G3 swap) Its also very quite, I keep it on eco mode so the fan barely even turns on for me.

Case Fan

I got these fans more for the bling than anything else. They are probably one of the nicest looking aRGB fans you can get. The QL120's are nicer since they have RGB on the intake and exhaust side of the fan but they were just too expensive to justify buying. The iCUE software offers a large selection of RGB effects and customizable colors. I was able to get these on discount for $90 around Cyber Monday.

Case Fan

I got these fans more for the bling than anything else. They are probably one of the nicest looking aRGB fans you can get. The QL140's are nicer since they have RGB on the intake and exhaust side of the fan but they were just too expensive to justify buying. The iCUE software offers a large selection of RGB effects and customizable colors.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, anymore pics?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I'll take some more this weekend. Trying to find a color scheme I like with the fans.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What kind of temperatures are you getting on the 9900k with that cooler? I'm thinking of picking one up for my i7 9700k (5.0 ghz @ 1.34 V).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I ran multiple test runs with Cinebench R20 while overclocking it and it stayed below 70c. After a good 35 minutes running an Aida64 stress test it finally got to 70-71c once fully heat soaked. My i9-9900k is also running at 1.365 volts to keep it stable. I would say if your case can fit the rad then go for. It won't be as fancy as some of the rgb stuff from NZXT and Corsair but it will perform better. I am very happy with it. One thing to note is its thicker than most AIO's (38mm vs 25mm). Just keep that in mind if you plan on mounting on the top of your case where it could hit vrm heat sinks or your ram.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice! This is literally almost the same exact build I'm about to do but in a Lian li dynamic case lol. Hows the fps/performance with the i9-9900k/ rtx 2070 Super together?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, I think you'll be very happy with this parts list. I was considering the O11 and Corsair 680x as well before finally settling on the S2 meshify. So far I've only played Metro 2033 Redux. Trying to play through that and Metro Last Light Redux because i want to play Exodus. When i was overclocking and testing with Time Spy it was getting over 70fps consistently. In Unigine Valley it was getting between 170ish to 240ish fps with all the settings maxed. Unfortunately this was only on a 1080 monitor. Haven't gotten a chance to upgrade my monitor yet.