Description

My previous system was a 2500K CPU on an Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z motherboard OC to 4.8 Ghz with GTX 780.

I was able to re-use my AX1200 PSU, Graphite 600T Case, Blu Ray Drive, and a few Seagate Barracuda drives.

I decided to upgrade because my last system was almost 8 years old and taking a long time to render HD videos for youtube. I also wanted to play the latest games such as Far Cry 5 and Battlefield 5 in 1440P Ultra graphics settings.

I'm a big fan of Corsair and Asus products as you will see in the build log. Quality and great customer service by both companies is why.

CPU:

As soon as Z390 and 9900K was released, I got the Asus Maximus XI Hero and Intel 9900K. I know it's an overpriced CPU but learning from the past of buying the I5-2500K and regretting not getting the I7-2600K, I went for the best. Don't get me wrong, the 2500K was a great gaming cpu for many years but I wish I had the extra threads for video editing. So this time around, I ignored the price and just went for "THE BEST GAMING CPU" from Intel at this time. Although it was the most expensive, I'm glad to have 8 cores/16 threads. I've doubled my core count from Sandy Bridge by going to Coffee Lake 9th gen and I'm happy about that.

MEMORY: I chose 16GB of 3200 MHZ DDR4 because it's a good middle of the road speed and for gaming and the videos I create. I still have the option to add two more DIMMs in the distant future if needed.

STORAGE: 970 EVO 1TB is a very fast NVME SSD that reaches 3500 MB/s reads. Much faster than my previous Corsair Force 3 Sata SSD.

GPU:

RTX 2070 was my GPU of choice for 1440P gaming. My old GTX 780 was not going to cut it and it was barely performing at 1080P in the latest games. GTX 1080 is PASCAL; a two year old architecture. I knew I had to go with RTX. Sorry I've never been an AMD/Radeon kinda guy. I've been building PC's since the 90's on Intel and Nvidia hardware only.

PSU: I recycled my Corsair AX1200 power supply from my old sandy bridge system. I used to have two GTX 580's in SLI which is why my PSU is now overkill. I know I could probably just use a 750 Watt but this one still works fine.

CASE: 8 year old Corsair Graphite 600T case. I added a USB 3.1 Gen2 front panel from Amazon to connect with the new header on the motherboard and added a second USB 3.0 header card through PCI-Express for 2 additional USB 3.0 ports up front. My front panel now has three USB 3.0, a USB 3.1 Gen 2, and four USB 2.0.

OPTICAL: I'm an old school builder from the 90's so I'm inclined to always have optical drives. This one as an Asus 12X bluray from my old system. It works so I kept it.

COOLING: Been a long time fan of Corsair products. Coming from an original H100i in 2011, it finally died so I got a refurbished model H100i V2 from Fry's for $60. It was a steal! I couldn't pass up the price and the 1 year warranty. It's a 240mm cooler and I have OC my 9900K to 5.0ghz on all cores at 1.32 volts.

MONITOR: Asus PG279Q 27" 165HZ. I paid $599 at Microcenter and it came with a free copy of Black Ops 4. I used to have an Asus VG278H 120 Hz 1080P monitor. 1440P was worth the upgrade.

OS: Like all gaming PCs I use Windows 10 64 Bit but got it from Kinguin.net for $12.

Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse, all from my old system.

External storage by Western Digital Elements and My Book: 2 TB, 5TB, and 8TB. I do a lot of video editing and need the extra storage.

My cable management isn't the best but it's the least of my worries. The system is still fast and runs without any problems. I have a 5 sata devices running so naturally there will be lots of cables. I used the routing grommets as best I could. I also had to add an NZXT USB 2.0 internal hub since the motherboard only had two. One was being used for the front panel and one for the Corsair H100i V2 cooler. Honestly I don't even see my system, its in a cabinet under my desk.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performance is excellent. Overclocked to 5.0 GHZ on all cores using 1.32 volts and Corsair H100i V2 cooler.

Processor is and was still overpriced when I bought it for $579 plus tax from Newegg.

Beats nearly every mainstream processor on the market right now but the price is terrible. I couldn't decide between this and 9700K so I just went for it. I'm glad I did though.

CPU Cooler

I got a refurbished model at Fry's Electronics for $60. Works great for overclocking my 9900K to 5.0 Ghz. RGB lighting and fan/pump speed easily controlled with Corsair ICUE software. Great value and nearly the same performance as the newest H100i Platinum without the fancy RGB fans.

Motherboard

Easy to overclock the 9900K, a bit expensive, only two USB 2.0 headers. When I first bought it, the M.2 heatsink near the chipset was screwed in too tight. The screw stripped out eventhough I was using the proper sized screwdriver. I got the board replaced but it was still a hassle.

It's a fully featured board, it has everything I need. The auto overclocking and UEFI bios are the best in the industry.

Memory

RAM IS EXPENSIVE. RGB looks great and works perfect under XMP profile.

Storage

FAST and easy to install. No complaints at all.

Storage

Perfect Steam Library drive. Since it's a hybrid drive, my games load a bit faster.

Video Card

I paid $569 from Newegg on launch day. Expensive card which I think should be priced at $500 or less since it performs just barely faster than a GTX 1080. Ray tracing is cool but the peformance isn't really there yet. Card runs cool under load around 63C. Overclocks easily using EVGA Precision XOC. Runs all my games at 1440P Ultra.

Case

roomy and large for a "mid tower". Holds 6 hard drives or SSD's. Plenty of room for any configuration. Nice cable routing grommets. Tooless drive trays. Acrylic side panel with tool free door latches. Fan controller included.

Power Supply

The best PSU i've owned so far. 8 years and still going.

Operating System

once in a while can still be buggy but it works for the most part.

Monitor

paid $599 at Microcenter. GSYNC compatible and 165HZ. Good looking and good performance. Easy to use control joystick on the side.

Keyboard

RGB, mechanical switches. corsair quaility.

Speakers

Sounds good and not too expensive.

External Storage

Big capacity and very afforable price. USB 3.0.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

you should mabey try getting a nzxt s340 elite or any nzxt case they are really great on cable management

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair cases already have cable management routing grommets. I used them all but I still have lots of cables from USB 2.0 and 5 Sata devices and USB 3.0 add on card.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

RTX 2070 @ 1440p in battlefield 5? 165hz monitor? Good luck lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

I mean it's got Gsync so it doesn't really matter too much if he can't max it out, but yeah that's an odd one for sure.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I had a GTX 1080ti and had to bump up to the RTX 2080ti just to get those high 144fps @ 1440p. (frame *****)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm running a 980ti and all settings on low just to get 80fps + with no drops below 60fps at 1440p, I need an upgrade :/

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

don't need luck. It's Gsync enabled.

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

Right, because having a Gsync "enabled" magically gives you more FPS.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

prevents screen tearing and smooths out the frames.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and good choice of GPU for 1440p.

I also still have a Corsair 1200AX - As a reviewer on Amazon once said, these things never die ;0.

Maybe some braided cables would help with the cable management (if funds permit).

Does that RTX 2070 Graphics take up three PCI-E slots?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

triple slot card yes. stays cool around 63C during gaming on BF5. I don't really care about special cables. Corsair makes good quality stuff out of the box. I can't even see the PC. It's inside a desk cabinet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

yes 3 slot card. I don't worry about the cables because the PC is inside a cabinet. The performance isn't affected.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

cool build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I got my h100i refurbished too ;P

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

good deal

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what about 4k?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

only 1440 for me

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the big 200mm front fan pushing out instead of pulling in?

$600 for PG279Q?!?! Damn. I paid $750 for it 3 yrs ago.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

it's pushing air in from outside

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn you did a huge upgrade. Good job

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

But I would work on the cable management. otherwise 10/10

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

no where to put the cables but through the grommets. tell me how to manage 5 sata devices, a usb 2.0 hub, and usb 3.0 addon card.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

thx

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you got a good 9900k from the silicon lottery, since the maximus hero 11 has a meh VRM compared to other boards at its price point. Needless to say, I'm still very jealous +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

it's average on overclocking. I'm happy with it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Your rig would be a great testing ground for 2070 vs Radeon VII, especially with your computing goals. From first rounds of testing, it does almost as well in some games, but can do better when rendering.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

rtx 2070 and 9900k is kinda bottlenecked

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play 4K games so 2070 was more what I needed. Only 1440P. I also wanted the extra threads for video editing. 16 is better than 8.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

No need to be so salty. Its an amazing pc. Its just that you can't afford a gaming pc at such a high standard.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

i never had RGB before this so I wanted to mess with it during the build but for now I don't ever see it. I just know this PC is a beast.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

the cables don't affect airflow or temperatures. Look at Linus Tech tips, they tested it. I have 5 sata devices, nothing I can do about the cables. Plus extra USB add on card and NZXT usb 2.0 hub. I already used the Corsair grommets built into the case.

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