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My third ever PC build, and the first with enough disposable income to make absolutely no compromises and build the beast I want to build. This was also my first ATX build. My first ever build was a mini-ITX and my second a micro-ATX. Building in this massive ATX case was so much more pleasant!

Another first is having a side window. I never liked the idea but I reconsidered and it grew on me.....so I made it completely black inside! I like it a lot. It's aggressive, but kinda understated??

UserBenchmarks: Game 163%, Desk 157%, Work 171%

Model Bench
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 96.3%
GPU Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti 223.1%
SSD Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB 349.7%
SSD Intel 660p NVMe PCIe M.2 2TB 255.2%
RAM Crucial BLE8G4D36BEEAK.M8FE3 4x8GB 124.2%
MBD Asus ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO

Only one issue so far: the front audio jacks don't work! That's a huge disappointment, I was really looking forward to having the jack so close to me. Now my good headphones barely stretch over! I don't know what's up but I reseated the connector several times, uninstalled drivers, installed different drivers, restored the drivers that came from asus... It just seems broken.

Apart from that, this thing is amazing!! Playing Monster Hunter World on a 120hz monitor at 3440x1440 with the high res texture pack enabled and everything on highest settings, it doesn't skip a beat. I get 70-90 FPS in MHW. GTA V and Rust also look and run incredibly smoothly. Quake II RTX did not fare nearly as well, but I imagine the raytracing is a bit more intensive.

No manual overclock on this. I tried ASUS' thingy and it got as high as a 13% boost, but I prefer to just run stock long-term. I did make sure to leave plenty of overhead for it in the future, though, so it should be quite trivial to bump it up if I ever decide to. I am using auto overclocking up to 4750mhz per core but the highest single-core speed I've seen is about 4475 and the architecture kinda negates the point of manual overclocking anyways.

Be nice about my whole under-the-stairs sorta thing, our condo is very small! At least the dog gets to lie down in his bed and enjoy the soft clickings of my late night gaming~

Temps while gaming for both GPU and CPU seem to hover around 64-68 (Monster Hunter World, highest settings, 3440x1440, ~70-90 FPS)

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  • 7 months ago
  • 5 points

Killer Rig! If i had to nitpick (because your PC is already damn gorgeous), those PSU cables could use some custom sleeved extension kits. I have the exact build type as yours, down to the monitor and mouse, just circa 2015. LOL.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I think the CPU power cables on the upper left of the motherboard could benefit from an extra few inches of slack so they don't run through the visible side of the case, but now that it's all built and working it would be quite the fight against my own laziness to go and do that, haha.

Nice choices in monitor and mouse, though I'm biased..

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, but what are the temps of the cpu mate?

Idle: ..? Playing heavy games 1 hour ..?

I like to hear from you, thanks.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Good question! I'll have to get that info and update this build with it. Can you recommend a monitoring app that won't cause observer effect (as detailed here)? I could alt-tab between games and either Ryzen Master or CPU-Z and spot-check current temperatures, but they don't seem to have great options for getting stats on data. Ideally I'd like to get one-minute and five-minute averages while gaming instead of just getting the most recent data points at the time.

Maybe either or both apps can do that and I just haven't figured out how to get good stats out of them yet!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

either would work i just want to know

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps while gaming for both GPU and CPU seem to hover around 64-68 (Monster Hunter World, highest settings, 3440x1440, ~70-90 FPS).

Idle temps on the CPU fluctuate pretty rapidly between low 30s and high 50s, often low 60s. Feels weird but from what I've read here and there it's normal and fine??

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

THATS REALLY FRICKEN GOOD

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah!! It runs so amazingly smoothly

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build +1, what do you do for a living?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I'm a systems engineer doing my part to keep Big Cloud nice and big and cloudy (for better or worse...)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! AND Nice Eames chairs.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah!! They're all very nice things <3

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the CPU? I just ordered one but wont be able to use it for 5.5 months as I need to save up for the rest of my rig. Going to be annoying to have it just sitting but it will be worth the wait. Nice Build +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

It's great! I haven't done much yet to really run it through its paces apart from some brief prime95 while playing with fans, but it's such a remarkable upgrade from my i7-5820k

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

"Aggressive, but kinda understated"

Are my eyes deceiving me and is your ENTIRE stairway lined with RGB?? Really wish you had included pics of those! That's some aggressive but understated lighting solution right there lol.

Also the PC is very nice, but I LOVE your desk location. Wish I had a nook like that. And the Herman Miller chair...I need one of those.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha no you're right, I've got a bunch of Nanoleaf Aurora panels going up the stairs. Totally separate from this PC, though, I control them through HomeKit and their own iOS app. If I cared enough I could learn how to use the Nanoleaf API and look for some way to tie them into my PC, but meh. effort.

Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of this desk location, I'd love to have another foot or even 6 inches behind me, but it's comfortable enough. Our condo is very very small so I had to get very creative with this space.

Thanks though! I'm really proud of how I got this all set up. And yeah, Herman Miller makes really great stuff for sure!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice interior design man, ohh the build is kinda cool too :0

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build and even more awesome desk placement. Is that you, Harry?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It's been a challenge to get everything to fit in a way that still feels clean and relatively spacious, but I'm pretty happy with how it's set up now

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been eyeballing that Ryzen 9 since it popped up at the top rank for only $499. Glad to see someone built a system from it and its working as designed. Looks great! Great use of space as well. Enjoy!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm really quite satisfied with this, I can definitely recommend the 3900X from my experience so far, though to be fair it's only been a few days so it could still explode or melt or insult my dog or something

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jealous. +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! love what you did with the LED strips on the front of the case!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The case actually came with that out of the box! The effect works on its own since the case has its own RGB controller, but right now I've got it plugged into the digital/addressable RGB header on the motherboard

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

no way! that looks so freaking cool!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it was honestly part of why I picked the case, haha

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

At last a phanteks case yes I love the enthoo evolve X but I'm planning on using my most favorite case the Phanteks Enthoo Pro TG. IDK why but this case just draws me in even though the Evolve x is amazing. MY eyse say Evolve x But the rest of me says Enthoo Pro TG.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The Enthoo Pro looks like a really great case too! I just don't personally care for the aesthetics of external drive bays, having not owned or used an optical drive in..............wow like 8 years now at least?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, do you really need all these fans? As i know the cpu come with an amd wraith cooler. Do you really need the noctua? Or amd wraith cooler is ok?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing about this is based on need. :P

I'm sure the wraith cooler is fine

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be fine for 4k video editing then. Thanks man

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd imagine so, sounds like these things throttle themselves pretty nicely as needed if they get too hot anyways

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... just... wow.... +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Was just wondering, since you have a glass sidepanel.. why not go with a h1**i cooler? or something more flashy hehe. At the end still a dope *** pc.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Obviously this build is going for performance, especially because of the Noctua Chromax Fans. An AIO would jut be isiotic since the Noctua NH-D15 outperforms AIOs in ever single way possible. If this person wanted looks they would have gone with something like LL120s and an H115i RGB Platinum

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

oh I definitely built a lot of this for looks, but in a sorta subtle way. Absolutely totally agreed about the cooler performance. I had a Corsair AIO on my last PC and it failed pretty quickly, as did its replacement. Noctua has only ever blown me away (hah!), which is why I was happy to line the inside of this PC with their products

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

'cuz I tried one of those on my last PC and it stopped working, then so did its replacement after RMA. Air cooling is just better, in my opinion, and I love the aesthetics of this heatsink, the heatsink covers, and the black fans.

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) what is your pch(chipset) temp for idle ? My idle pch temp 65-70c.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't been able to find any way to read that sensor, can you recommend a windows utility that'll show it? I could only see the fan speed in the bios, not even temperature there

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Use hwinfo64 :)

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty steady at 68 C, fan running 3185-3214 rpm

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. how is it going now that its been a couple months? any issues? This is pretty identical to the build im working on right now. good idea with the black fans... didn't realize that was a thing. I am definitely going to replace those brown ones that came with my noctua d15

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely rock solid! Everything worked great for me on first powerup (which still pleasantly surprises me) and it's worked great since.

I've learned and applied some stuff from the r/amd subreddit but none rise to the level of recommending against the architecture at all. They're little more than performance tweaks. If you care about hitting the advertised max boost clock speeds instead of the actually great real world performance, those should be improved little by little (or faster) by firmware and software fixes.

And yeah I really love the results of the blacked out look! My only regret is that the place where this beast sits doesn't show off the internals at all, and there isn't a better place for it just because of how our condo is laid out. I have to crawl under my desk to really admire it. But I spend enough time using it that I don't mind, haha

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

FYI you may want to get those front headphone jacks working. In looking at that motherboard, there is a seriously good HiDef Audio ES9023P.. but it only is made for the front jacks. it does not go through the rear.. none of the motherboards do, the HiDef DAC only goes to front end from what i keep reading on ASUS site.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I think it requires RMAing the board, and I just do NOT want to deal with that. Two out of three prior ASUS products I've owned have required multiple RMAs each and not a single one of those RMAs went smoothly and quickly.

I've already got a Firefly Cobalt for high end audio stuff, and I tend to just use my iPhone or Macbook Pro with that since I'm not tied to my desk. So while I find it incredibly irritating and I was planning on using that front panel, at this point I'm used to not having it and it's just not enough of an issue to have to deal with ASUS support, dismantle the motherboard, ship it out, wait for delivery, deal with ASUS inevitably losing it, deal with them finding it but then not telling me about it for weeks, then hopefully someday get it back and reassemble everything, having gone without my rig for like a month.

But, that massive dump of negativity aside, genuinely thanks for looking out for me and taking the time to let me know about this!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you think there would be clearance to mount the GPU Vertical with that Cooler?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's awesome thanks for the help!

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing!

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Just did a very similar build. Thanks for the inspiration as it pushed me over the top to finally put it together. A few questions if you don't mind.

1 - The Phanteks fan controller only has 4 four pin PWM connectors. How did you connect all the Noctua fans? With splitters? And what connector on the motherboard did you connect the fan controller to? I have 3 noctua fans up front, 1 in the back and two on top. I connected the back and front ones to the controller and the top ones directly to the motherboard. I also connected the NH-D15S to the motherboard directly as well. Curious how you wired everything.

2 - For the D15S, do you have the second fan slightly raised above the memory for clearance?

3 - Were you able to connect the Phanteks RGB lighting to the motherboard? If so, how did you do it? I see the motherboard has 4 pin digital RGB connections while I see all the case lighting and supplied connects are 3 pin primarily. Daisy chaining the lighting has me a bit confused.

Greatly appreciate any feedback you can provide.

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

1: The controller has five 4-pin connectors, one of which I believe informs the speed of the other 4 connectors. But I have my fans wired up like this: Motherboard CHA1 - rear exhaust Motherboard CHA2 - fan controller > front top and middle intake Motherboard CHA3 - top exhaust Motherboard HAMP - front bottom intake

2: Yep, definitely had to do that. Ultra low profile memory at the same speed was suuuuper expensive and the fan offset fits well enough in the case, so that does the trick for me.

3: Yep! There's only one 4-pin connector from the case to the motherboard, so all the case lighting already comes wired up with a controller hidden away somewhere, I believe up near the front interface panel. But there's also a daisy chaining connector somewhere. See pages 22 and 23 here in the case manual: http://www.phanteks.com/assets/manuals/PH-ES518XTG.pdf

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Really appreciate the detailed reply.

1 - For the fans, I was able to connect them all to the case fan controller (needed an extension cable for one of the fans) and then the controller to the motherboard. Doesn't obviously give me as much granular control over the individual fans, but it is cleaner. So far, no issues.

2 - With the lighting, I still don't think I'll be able to connect it to the motherboard. The headers on the board are 4 pin, while everything I see from the case is 3 pin. So for now I've kept the case lighting separate. I did daisy chain some Phanteks RGB lighting strips and a Halo case fan which was fine because all the Phanteks lighting accessories have three pin connectors.

If I am overlooking something though, let me know as I suppose its possible there is a 4 pin connector that is part of the case lighting system buried somewhere.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Are you sure about the headers on your motherboard? The connector has the form factor of a 4 pin but the place where the 2nd pin would be is empty. See page 1-26 (42 in the pdf) in this (my) motherboard manual: https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM4/ROG_CROSSHAIR_VIII_HERO/E15379_ROG_CROSSHAIR_VIII_HERO_UM_WEB.pdf

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

I figured out my stupidity. There are two 4 pin connectors labeled as RGB on the board itself. I didn't realize that the connectors adjacent to them are for the addressable RGB lighting which is 3 pin. Being labeled just Gen 2, I just glossed over it. And that same block in my brain caused me to just focus on the page preceding it in the manual which discussed the 4 pin.

Thanks for your constant feedback. It is greatly appreciated.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing! Glad you got it worked out :>

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

Yo i love harry potter!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh? What does Harry Potter have to do with anything?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Your setup under the stairs lol. Sry bout the lack of context

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, is that a Harry Potter thing? I'm totally ignorant on all things Harry Potter

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

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