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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RAM IS EXPENSIVE. RGB looks great and works perfect under XMP profile.
FAST and easy to install. No complaints at all.
Perfect Steam Library drive. Since it's a hybrid drive, my games load a bit faster.
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.
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.
The best PSU i've owned so far. 8 years and still going.
once in a while can still be buggy but it works for the most part.
paid $599 at Microcenter. GSYNC compatible and 165HZ. Good looking and good performance. Easy to use control joystick on the side.
RGB, mechanical switches. corsair quaility.
Sounds good and not too expensive.
Big capacity and very afforable price. USB 3.0.