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Gaming rig with a core i9-9900k , a z390 Motherboard, 32 GB of ram, RTX Video Card and an NZXT 700i case

I am pretty happy with how it all came together. No issues at all on first boot and I am very pleased with the Gigabyte Auros Master motherboard. I have always bought ASUS products and was going to use the Maximus XI Hero motherboard until I started reading some reviews about how they fudged the specs on some things and decided to go with Gigabyte instead.

I was also slightly concerned about running a 280mm AIO on an i9-900k. I mounted the radiator at the front of the NZHT 700i case and replaced the two NZXT fans with four Corsair ML140 Pros. So far I have run a couple of CPU benchmarks (stock settings) to check temps and they look very reasonable so I think this will work out quite well (I am not a big overclocker) Also, everything was nice and quiet even with the CPU under a 100% load.

Note - was happy to see that I was able to activate Win10 Pro with an old Win7 Pro serial number from a machine that this replaced - so that saved me about $130! Another trick is you can use an old Win7 Pro or Win8 Pro serial key to upgrade Win10 home to Pro for free.

Do-overs: I probably wouldn't have bought the 'smart' version of the 700i case. (I am very pleased with that case by the way) The fan controller says not to mix 3 or 4 wire fans, and it also takes up a USB slot on the motherboard. I prefer 4 wire fans and dumped the 3 wire fans that came with the case. Also, the Auros Master only has two internal USB 2.0 headers. I needed one of them for the Kraken x62 and the other was going to be used for the front panel. So I either needed to buy an internal USB hub or do something else.

I ended up connecting the (4) fans on the radiator to the Kraken and the other (3) case fans to the motherboard and didn't use the smart hub at all (I don't care about the LED lighting). And I am happy with how it worked out. The internal USB hub I bought will be returned.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

S o d a m n c l e a n

+1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Tell me how you like the motherboard, i am debating upgrading to that motherboard. I have read some unreliability reviews on newegg, and there isnt that many reviews out there in general.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am really pleased with it. As I mentioned, I always buy Asus everything and the Asus motherboard was the first thing I looked at. (NewEgg actually has a build video that I really liked featuring all Asus products)

But as I mentioned, I started reading some negative reviews about the Maximus XI Hero and decided to switch to the Gigabyte. And, I got a great deal on the board from NewEgg for Black Friday. ($239 after a $20 rebate)

Everyone says the Asus has a more 'evolved' bios, but I am not really into overclocking and the bios looked great and was really easy to work with. I am very happy with the Giagbyte

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

where did the ASUS monitor from the second picture go?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That was my old gaming monitor. I had ordered the Alienware monitor from Costco and it was delivered later that day - and I connected it up when I got a chance.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i would too.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've gotten a 360mm rad.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I went back and forth on that.

I wasn't sure how much room I had for the radiator in that case. And, I wasn't sure if I was going to mount the radiator on top or at the front of the case. I actually looked through a lot of completed builds using a 9900k on pcpartpicker and about 50% of the builds used the 240mm AIO while the others were a variety of different types of coolers, including air. Also, I remember watching a NewEgg 'build' video where they mentioned the 240mm AIO was the 'sweet spot', for AIO coolers, so I decided to go with that

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Well Ms. "Plain Jane" is an absolute POWERHOUSE. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

If this is plain Jane... Wow I need re-assess the standards! Amazing machine you've built there.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I consider it 'plain' because everything nowadays seems to have LED's everywhere - on the case, on the ram, on the fans, etc.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your cpu temp with 280 aio? Also how good the rtx 2080 pair with that monitor? Just got all the parts for my build except I using 360 aio and aorus video card.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I used OCCT and it put the cpu under 100% load and it never got over 80c

No problems with the video card and monitor - looks and works great.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the x62 handle the 9900k at 5GHz or higher

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't really answer that - I am not really into overclocking at this point. I would suggest you do a search on builds that used the 9900k and see what people are using. For me, the x62 works fine, but again - I am not subjecting the CPU to heavy/extended loads

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i wanted to ask you how is the GPU performance? Amd temps are good on the ftW3 ultra? Also is it able to hit 120 fps at 3440x1440 or what please answer me if u can and thanks nice build btw +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw is the monitor good? Does it have any bleed or what im planning to buy it so i am asking also does it hit 120hz after oc? And thanks again

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, just saw this

Costco had both the Alienware and the Acer on sale - within $30 of each other. I ended up buying them both and ended up returning the Alienware. From what I understand - they both use the same panel just it mainly comes down to personal preference. One of the things I liked about the Acer is the way you make adjustments with a 'joystick' for lack of better words and you can save settings to the monitor.

I am running it at 100hz, I don't see a need to overclock it and both monitors looked great to me. Again - just personal preference and price

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know you can put dual fans on BOTH sides of a radiator? Is that a good idea? What are the benefits? I'm putting together a similar build so I am curious.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Just more air flow through the radiator - There are various opinions if it actually helps or not. I liked the way it looks and I upgraded all the case fans to those Corsair fans which are controlled by the AIO so I think it helps. Amazon sells one of those Corsair fans for $25 or a two pack for $35

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesnt have profanity filter off

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