Description

  • Original budget was $2500.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Tried several different 360mm CLCs and this is the best. Comes with the best fans and a 6 year warranty. Can't get better than that.

Motherboard

Great motherboard that makes it easy to overclock the i9-9900k. Good VRMs, good features, good UEFI. Definitely worth the asking price.

Memory

Fast memory, beautiful lighting. Really happy I got these.

Storage

Booting into Windows in UEFI with this thing is ridiculous. Installing programs, loading into anything, it's high end performance you expect when paying this much per GB. Definitely worth it.

Video Card

Picked this up on sale and with no sales tax, and while most would say it's still overpriced, for me, it was definitely worth it (especially considering that I'm upgrading from a GTX 760). I have a great monitor in the Dell AW3418DW and this card does it justice. Temps stay low even at around 2025 MHz (rarely ever reaching 70 C) and it's quiet enough that my wife can sleep at night less than 10 feet away from my system.

Case

Great case, comes with 4 pretty good fans, good cable management channels and tie points. Solid build quality at a fair price. Very happy with this purchase.

Monitor

Beautiful monitor worth every penny. Spent over $3000 on a system that I built myself that could do it justice and to me, it was a worthy endeavor. Someday, I suppose I'll go over to 4k, but today, I'm in love with ultrawide and I doubt I'll ever go back, all thanks to this baby.

Keyboard

After doing more research than I really cared to for a keyboard, this was a surprisingly good purchase for me. The keys feel great, they aren't too loud, and the custom RGB options with the Cooler Master software is pretty much endless. The build quality feels really solid as well. In all, this one exceeded my expectations.

Mouse

Purchased this from a recommendation from Digital Foundry and not disappointed. The cord is sometimes annoying, but it might have more to do with my desk and setup (also no mouse pad right now), so it's not a fault against this product. Unless you go wireless (which is probably worth it, especially if you have a charging mouse pad), this is a great mouse for the price.

Headphones

Got this on sale for $59.99 and for the cost, it is amazing. Fits snug (much better than the VOID PRO that I returned), good range and battery (recharges quickly in around an hour), and the sound quality is good for the price. Really happy with this purchase.

Custom

Better than the crap antenna that my motherboard came with (I also wouldn't have broken it accidentally if it had a magnetic base). These were cheap, I get better performance, and no wires. Worth it.

Custom

Best $12 I spent in the last few weeks. Thankfully I stopped the GPU sag on my board before there was any real damage. Feels like a quality item with the magnetic base and hefty aluminum feel.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 8 points

Original Budget: $908.64

“Yeah... I only went a tiiiiiny bit off budget”

Spends $4,500

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

mayatola: goes way overbudget on upgrading system
wife: i sleep
mayatola's keyboard: single bump of bottoming out
wife: real ****?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build... but more importantly, how do you ever have time to game with 2 kids? I have 2 and it seems nearly impossible.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I fit in a couple of hours a night 8pm-10pm 3 nights a week, and maybe a couple of hours at the weekend. I'm currently splitting it between practicing the Nurburgring on Project cars 2 for an upcoming trip there and Rise of the tomb raider. I pick one game and stick to it, but I don't have time for completionism any more.

Time gets more valuable, so I enjoy short bursts of high quality games. I also play stuff like Kerbal Space Programme or Rimworld on one half of my ultrawide, whilst I get on with boring life admin or internet on the other half.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. As I said, I do my gaming at night. I do sacrifice some sleep, yes. If I'm entirely exhausted, of course I'll just go to bed. But yeah, I totally understand.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I like this +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

God bless you. I've got three kids, but I own a business, so that pretty much kills any chance on Uncle Sam kicking me any money back my way. Otherwise you can bet I would do the exact same thing, every time.

I (also) stay up every night a couple hours after my kids go to bed to play computer games and relax with the SoH. You gotta make time for yourself brother.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I say amen to that and blessings to you as well :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Normal Person: Gets a boot SSD and an HDD

You: Gets a boot SSD and another for good measure

Awesome build, even more awesome wife. ;)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D My wife really is so nice. But yeah, didn't want the HDD for the noise and don't really need that much storage space.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I have the same GPU/Monitor specs as you. epic, isn't it.

I have Corsair LL fans and TBH they aren't worth the money. They make me giggle, but not £100 worth of giggle.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Saw your build, beautiful pictures!

Sorry to hear about the fans. I can't believe that I obsessed so hard over them for two days before asking my wife about them. She agreed because she's still trying to be nice (this was supposed to be for my birthday as well which was at the end of February - had a lot of problems with a prebuilt that I returned, and then the whole Gigabyte motherboard problem I mentioned above), but then I thought about how much they'd probably light up our room. In the end, I realized that I like keeping a low profile system just with a few parts that light up, and that any fans I replace should be quiet!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Solid build dude! No suggestions here.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, took my time in researching the parts and listening to other people's suggestions as well. Really appreciate how helpful everyone is.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why was one RAM kit more expensive than the other?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Bought the second one after it went on sale. It's even cheaper now by another $5.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why the Alienware, there is a LG ultra wide 144hz 1440p for 800 and could get as low as 400

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I guess I must have missed it. At least for me, I didn't see any other monitors with these specs for cheaper than the Alienware at the time of purchase (monitor was purchased back in early February). Also, I do really like the design of the monitor itself, so it wasn't just price that decided my purchase. The only gripe I have is the stupid buttons instead of a single directional knob, but I don't fiddle with it much anyway so it's not a big deal for me. But yeah, I totally must have missed the LG as I didn't see any at 3440x1440 with over 100hz refresh.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hm, can you link the monitor? The 1440p ultrawide that I see from LG is over $1100 while the 1080p ultrawide is around $500. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong models?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/d/Monitors/LG-34UC79G-B-34-Inch-21-UltraWide/B01LW5CGIS It’s 2560x1080, my bad I thought it was 2560x1440

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay, no prob. I would have been a little sad if I missed such a deal when I really was doing a lot of research! But yeah, I wanted to go for 3440x1440 as I already had a 2560x1080 (gave that monitor to my parents).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

Love the built, and the NZXT stuff is awesome. I was looking to complete a similar build, same CPU and GPU as you. I was thinking of going down the custom cooling loop stuff. Inspired by Jayz2cents on YouTube.

Is there a way to water cool the GPU with NZXT AIOs? I have googled and I see one solution they sell, which to me looks a bit ugly. ITs a plate that allows you to install one of their AIOs.

Be awesome to have the NZXT CPU cooler (and the glass life effect) with 360 radiator and then add in the GPU to the same loop (or probably two rads). Do you know if that is possible?

Cheers

Ps cool your wife is so tolerant :-)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks, my wife can be nice from time to time :)

As for the cooler, yeah, I'll link you to two different builds on here that use the NZXT GPU cooler for the 2080 Ti (it's the EVGA XC model). One of the builds also uses the Corsair H90 in combination with the Kraken G12. Anyway, you can check them out:

  1. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6v7WGX
  2. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jq29TW

Also, make sure you double check the model of the 2080 Ti you are getting. I think 'Ultra' is just for the triple slot cooler, so you can probably get a cheaper model if you plan to remove the thing anyway. Just be sure to check the clock speeds, or maybe it doesn't matter if you are overclocking anyway. I think the PCBs are all the same except for the FTW3 and Kingpin models. Though not sure if the FTW3 comes in anything but Ultra or Hybrid. Anyway, just check to make sure you save yourself some money.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Nice build! I have the same mobo, ram, and cooler and I was wondering how you fit the cooler in the proper orientation?

The tubes slightly block the dimm slot and I was afraid of breaking the ram stick if I forced it. Looking at your pictures it appears you got it to fit but the first stick looks like it is pushed over a little towards the second stick.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

I obsessed over this for two weeks. I tried getting different coolers even, but in the end I returned everything and kept my build as is. The bend is slight enough that it doesn't touch the other stick, and it doesn't seem to affect temps or performance in any way. As for the cooler itself, it outperformed every other cooler that I tried to replace it with (mostly due to the fans as they are all the same pump and 360mm radiator). In the end, don't worry about it as it won't break.

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