Description

This was my first PC build, and at first seemed very daunting, however to anyone who plans to build a PC, do not be put off! It is great fun, just make sure to do your research, and you'll probably have no trouble. Please Excuse the photos, they don't do the machine justice. Please note that I have been collecting parts for a while, so a lot of the prices are more than what I paid. This PC is meant for all purpose, whether that be rendering, gaming or work. Built on 20th April 2019.

The Parts:

Intel Core i7-9700K A good all rounder CPU, with good overclocking capabilities. It does't run too hot, and with a good cooler, 4.7 GHz+ is easily achievable. With the Alphacool Cooler, it easily stays below 70 degrees C under 100% load in Intel and also ROG's stress tests respectively.

Alphacool Eisbaer 360 This is a really good CPU cooler, that is really underrated. It's an expandable, open loop system, that comes closed, so you can easily expand with graphics card cooling, or changing tubes and coolant, which I look to do in the future. It easily keeps my CPU at 4.9 GHz under load below 70 degrees C. It's relatively easy to set up, although slightly difficult to screw in at first. It comes with good quality Be Quiet Pure Wings, that are excellent fans. Only thing missing would be RGB lighting control on the lit logo. Don't let the tubing put you off, the whole cooler is actually very cool!

Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E A cool, powerful motherboard that's well planned out and easy to use. My only problem was that an RGB 3 pin cable coming from the case fans was being bent by the graphics card, but after trimming the splitter slightly it is no longer a problem.

G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB DDR4-3200 Good looking RAM, that serves it's purpose too. However, there was a slight problem with the lighting that may be visible in the pictures, however G.Skill have agreed to do an RMA, which should have it solved.

Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 SSD An ultra fast SSD that loads Windows and other programmes really quickly, that has plenty of storage.

Toshiba P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM A reasonably priced hard drive with lots of storage that does its job.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING This graphics card stays really cool under load because of it triple slot heat sink. It looks really cool with the RGB lighting, and once you have set the fan curve (I recommend EVGA Precision XOC rather than X1 for the fans) it stays quiet too.

Lian-LI PC-O11 Dynamic What a case. It looks amazing and is really easy to build in. It has plenty of space, and good front panel connections. It is very good quality and well made, and has pretty good airflow, despite a lot of it being glass. The dust filters do their job, and there are plenty of mounts to easily mount storage drives (however no DVD drives, which need a comeback in my opinion). Only one problem was that the USB 3.0 motherboard connections quite bulky, so conflicts with the fans, so I am getting a Cabled 90 degree extender, which should solve the problem.

EVGA SuperNova G3 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Yes, this is certainly overkill for this build, however I got in on offer through Scan for less than a 750 W power supply. It comes with helpful velcro cable ties, and very good quality cables.

LG 27GK750F-B 27.0" 1920x1080 240 Hz There is a very noticeable difference between 60 and 240 Hz, don't let anybody tell you that "Your eyes can't see it" or any of this nonsense. 144 Hz+ is the way to go. This monitor looks good, has good connections, and a helpful GUI. Make sure to connect it with a DisplayPort cable if you want 240 Hz, as a HDMI only goes to 144.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical In my opinion, the best mouse around. Very ergonomic, and nice lighting, however use Logitech gaming software to adjust lighting and DPI, as the Gaming Hub isn't great. In my opinion 12000 DPI is plenty, even for gaming.

Logitech Z213 7 W 2.1 ch Great value speakers with a subwoofer. Crisp sound. Volume could be better, but it's god enough.

Corsair K95 Platinum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX Silver switches are, I think, really good for typing just as much as they are for gaming. The lighting looks good, and Corsair have done really well with their CUE software, unlike other companies

Alpenfohn 120MM Wing Boost 3 RGB PWM Fan These are really good looking fans, that are better value for money than more popular ones on the market. They are slightly noisy, but not very annoying. They are good quality, and keep the components cool.

Part Reviews

CPU

A good all rounder CPU, with good overclocking capabilities. It does't run too hot, and with a good cooler, 4.7 GHz+ is easily achievable. With the Alphacool Cooler, it easily stays below 70 degrees C under 100% load in Intel and also ROG's stress tests respectively.

CPU Cooler

This is a really good CPU cooler, that is really underrated. It's an expandable, open loop system, that comes closed, so you can easily expand with graphics card cooling, or changing tubes and coolant, which I look to do in the future. It easily keeps my CPU at 4.9 GHz under load below 70 degrees C. It's relatively easy to set up, although slightly difficult to screw in at first. It comes with good quality Be Quiet Pure Wings, that are excellent fans. Only thing missing would be RGB lighting control on the lit logo. Don't let the tubing put you off, the whole cooler is actually very cool!

Motherboard

A cool, powerful motherboard that's well planned out and easy to use. My only problem was that an RGB 3 pin cable coming from the case fans was being bent by the graphics card, but after trimming the splitter slightly it is no longer a problem.

Memory

Good looking RAM, that serves it's purpose too. However, there was a slight problem with the lighting that may be visible in the pictures, however G.Skill have agreed to do an RMA, which should have it solved.

Storage

An ultra fast SSD that loads Windows and other programmes really quickly, that has plenty of storage.

Storage

A reasonably priced hard drive with lots of storage that does its job.

Video Card

This graphics card stays really cool under load because of it triple slot heat sink. It looks really cool with the RGB lighting, and once you have set the fan curve (I recommend EVGA Precision XOC rather than X1 for the fans) it stays quiet too.

Case

What a case. It looks amazing and is really easy to build in. It has plenty of space, and good front panel connections. It is very good quality and well made, and has pretty good airflow, despite a lot of it being glass. The dust filters do their job, and there are plenty of mounts to easily mount storage drives (however no DVD drives, which need a comeback in my opinion). Only one problem was that the USB 3.0 motherboard connections quite bulky, so conflicts with the fans, so I am getting a Cabled 90 degree extender, which should solve the problem.

Power Supply

It comes with helpful velcro cable ties, and very good quality cables.

Monitor

There is a very noticeable difference between 60 and 240 Hz, don't let anybody tell you that "Your eyes can't see it" or any of this nonsense. 144 Hz+ is the way to go. This monitor looks good, has good connections, and a helpful GUI. Make sure to connect it with a DisplayPort cable if you want 240 Hz, as a HDMI only goes to 144.

Mouse

n my opinion, the best mouse around. Very ergonomic, and nice lighting, however use Logitech gaming software to adjust lighting and DPI, as the Gaming Hub isn't great. In my opinion 12000 DPI is plenty, even for gaming.

Speakers

Great value speakers with a subwoofer. Crisp sound. Volume could be better, but it's god enough.

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