Description

After using my last computer for four years, I was itching to build a new one. I wanted something I would never have a problem with. After having a computer that doubled as a space heater, I wanted a graphics card that wouldn't reach 90 degrees Celsius. Setting my price limit at around $1500 and of course not just spending it on performance, but also some appearance. I bought all of the parts with black friday deals from all over so lets go over them. I couldn't justify the extra cost of the 9700k for a little extra performance so I went with the older 8700k. I knew I wanted an i7 processor because why not. The kraken x62 was actually cheaper than the x52 because it was on sale. I could have gotten away with a nice air cooler but this was one of the parts I knew I wanted since the first time I saw it. I went with a Z390 motherboard because of a bundle deal at microcenter with the processor even though I personally think the Z370 version of this mobo is cleaner. I also needed wifi because there are no ethernet port in my new apartment at college so that was a big priority. Do I need to explain my ram choice? Found a pretty good deal for the ssd and of course you need a ssd in 2018. The hdd is just from my last build just reused here for mass storage. Now this was my hardest choice, the graphics card. I was going to go with a 1080, but after looking at benchmarks for almost every card specifically I could find, I went with this 2070. From what it looked like it performed about the same as the 1080 cards that were all most expensive so I figured why not get the newer of the two cards. And it is a nice simple design that works well with the build in my opinion. The biggest pain in this build to find was this case. NZXT has discontinued this case just a couple months ago and now they are impossible to find new ones. However I knew this was the case I wanted because I think its is still one of the nicest cases ever made plus everything about it just works. This was the first part I had bought for this computer and I found one about a month before I bought any of the other parts. I found a new one that would ship for free on Fry's website and bought it immediately (I live in PA so the closest Fry's is pretty far from me). The power supply is pretty simple, I didn't really care what version I was getting or if the cables looked nice, I just wanted a 80+ gold certified one that was fully modular. I did not care what the cables looked like because you can't see them anyway due to these wonderful cable extensions. These of course serve no actually purpose, but to make the PC look awesome and of course with some random cable combs I also found on amazon. A lot of thought actually went into what brand extensions I bought, I watched a couple of reviews on different brands and found these would be the best fit for my needs. So of course I am going be playing games on this thing, but it is going to be used for just about anything I plan on throwing at it. Clock rates and temperatures are the max values I found when running 3D Mark. For some reason I can't change the clock rate on the cpu in the details, but it automatically boosts to 4.4GHz. Not sure if I will manually overclock anything or just let the auto overclocks do their thing. Either way I doubt I will have any problem with playing games. Please feel free to make fun of any hardware choices or even my cable management in the comments, this is my third build ever and definitely the most high end I've done.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean looking build. You def made some smart choices on your hardware considering your $1500.00 budget that netted you a Solid system that should last you for years. Good job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous! <3

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Is your RTX 2070 working fine?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I think it's about time too

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Have the same cpu-MoBo combo. Clean build, hope you love it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope you don't mind, but I think I'm going to go ahead on this design. It's everything I've been looking for, and under my budget cap. Looks amazing, can't wait to get it running!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Man those cases are sexy as hell. I'm biased but just love the minimalist look. Nice Build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice