Description

For gaming/streaming and simple video editing...I dropped a good amount of money on a CPU and GPU, everything else was pretty much as cheap as I could go but still reliable with good reviews. This was my first official build and I took my time and did the best I could do. I was a little nervous to do something wrong or break something but it’s much more straightforward than I thought. Cable management isn’t anything special of course but I was ecstatic when I fired this thing up for the first time! Computer mostly sees World of Tanks and FFXIV Online and crushes them both in 2560x1440p.

Set-Up Extras - Arion Legacy 2.1 Speakers, BenQ 2k Esports monitor, UtechSmart Venus gaming mouse, Cmhoo XXL Mouse Pad, Redragon K557 keyboard, Homall gaming chair, Desk from Target...

Price of parts at time of purchase:

I7 9700k - $339.99

Cryorig H7 Cooler - $54.89

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge MB - $159.99

Team T-Force Delta RGB RAM - $56.99

Crucial P1 1TB M2 SSD - $95.99

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080S - $699.99

Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case - $41.99

SeaSonic Gold 750W PSU- $119.95

Deepcool RF 120 (3 in 1) case fans - $32.99

Sub Total: $1,602.77

Shipping: $0.00

Tax: $107.98

Grand Total: $1,710.75

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say, it’s a heck of a CPU. Black Friday deals made me take this over the I5. Definitely overkill for just gaming at the present time but 8 cores just puts me at ease.

CPU Cooler

Great CPU cooler. The Install even for a first timer was fairly straight forward, I had no major issues and it keeps my I7 9700k nice and cool.

Motherboard

Great Motherboard, I needed a Z390 for the I7 9700k and Wifi, but nothing special aside from that. This fit the bill perfectly. BIOS was no issue and the RGB is subtle but a nice touch.

Memory

At this price point (I got these for $56 when they were on sale) they’re perfect. RGB really stands out and looks great. I preferred the white sticks over the black. I did have to change them from 2400mhz to 3000mhz in the BIOS like some others stated in reviews I read. No biggie, I figured it out.

Storage

Cheapest 1TB M.2 SSD at the time of purchase (Then the Intel 660p went on sale for $82.99 just days after I purchased smh). Takes 30 seconds to install and no sata cables. I had to make a quick change in the BIOS to get this to read/boot properly but it was simple. Boots quick, no issues. Excellent for the price.

Video Card

This card is an absolute beast. Nvidias generic card, simple looking, but beautiful...This was the best part of the build by far. 170-200fps on World of Tanks in 2k. I actually can use V-Sync with my 2k 144hz monitor now. Time to upgrade to a 4k monitor...One thing to note - I use MSI Afterburner's auto fan curve for the card, which dropped my average temps while gaming from 78 C to 73 C

Case

At $42, this case is a steal. No frills, simple, but perfect for really any build. It has everything you need, and the side panel window to show off your hard work. The only thing I was upset about is the case came with a large scratch/scrape along the front panel where the reset button/front usb slots are. Again at this price, I’m ok with it, could’ve even happened during shipping. Also, The only way I could get the front panel audio connector to the motherboard was to run it through the middle of the case, so it was a little too short. As a first time builder I didn't really mind If I had perfect cable management or not, I can always buy an extension cable.

Power Supply

Great PSU. Gold. 10 year warranty. Can’t go wrong with SeaSonic...nothing more to say.

Case Fan

So glad I went with these over spending 3x as much on Corsair. These things are great. The screws to install them are self-tapping as some others stated so get your big screw driver out...Completely adjustable RGB with MSI Mystic light for me. Also compatible with ASUS Aura.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build for $1500 bro \m/