Description

Used for playing Insurgency:Sandstorm and DOOM 2016 mostly. It drives a 3440x1440 Alienware AW3418DW 120Hz G-Sync Ultrawide very well. I usually play more competitively at low settings, and therefore max out the 120Hz refresh rate. I always have G-Sync on because screen tearing is unbearable.

The i9-9900K overclocked all cores to 5GHz fairly easily, temps are anywhere from 29 C to 79 C at max synthetic load. When normally playing games for a few hours, both the CPU and GPU sit at around 65 C.

RAM clock speeds are fast at 3600MHz, but timings aren't the best. It all evens out in the end though, no difference noted in games compared to my last 3000MHz kit. I replaced the memory because the last set was defective and cause inconsistent BSODs.

MSI Z390 MEG ACE has permanent red indicator lights. There's nothing wrong hardware or software wise, and therefore I've simply covered them up with modest electrical tape.

Ryzen still doesn't match Intel when it comes to gaming performance. I don't use this rig for workloads, editing, production, art or anything you'd need over 8 cores for. Just gaming, entertainment, and basic school work.

Would love to hear your thoughts and any suggestions for improvement.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked beautifully to 5 GHz while using NZXT Kraken X62 in an NZXT H500.

CPU Cooler

Generally works, lighting doesn't look perfect with LED's out and plastic reflective highlights visible. Go for Corsair or Cooler Master.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, USB 3.0 header came with bent pin out of the box. If you don't have a keen eye for stuff like that it would seem like you had a defective board. Luckily I was able to bend it back.

Memory

Great price, but just go for Trident Z or Corsair Dominator at 3200MHz.

Video Card

Phenomenal card. Runs AAA titles like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 120 FPS on my 3440 x 1440p 120Hz G-Sync monitor (AW3418DW). Best GPU for those who's budgets lack the room for a 2080 TI.

Way better than anything AMD has, that's for sure.. ;)

Case

Great case, wish it could fit a EVGA Z390 Dark EATX motherboard.

Monitor

Amazing. Make sure your GPU can drive it.

Keyboard

Great lighting, wish it was a bit brighter. Macro keys get in the way of FPS controls. In my case, I use the "ctrl" key for hold crouching in FPS games, and my pinky hits the bottom macro key every time I actuate that.

Not all games support mapping of the macro keys. If you're super experienced with macro binding it might work for you though.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

neat and tidy NZXT H500 build with no BS RGB LED lights. Here you go +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You know theres RGB on the AIO

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I turned it off because the LED's look super cheap, and a few of them are actually burned out making this really ghetto looking AIO. Therefore, as the photo suggests, the build is all black, except for the green glow of the Geforce RTX logo. The AIO is simply a black mirror.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

that's fine I was just saying that because he said there was no RGB

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There is no RGB. All the lights are turned off.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Respect for a very clean build. All black is often underrated

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The gorgeous cables where?! I like this more than any white build I’ve seen

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

CableMods Pro Cables.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

looks nice, but the 3-15 frame difference that you're talking about between CPUs is a bit insane considering the price differences. consider that your budget is both higher and that the CPU you're talking about was only put at the price it's at currently by AMD's competitive options. besides that, i would highly recommend that you get into the more expensive keyboard options as well. my part list isn't currently updated, but i do have a ducky one 2 mini, and it works brilliantly in games like cs and r6 while providing the full functionality of a normal keyboard.

regards, -user of a 3900x@4.3 ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 9 3900X costs $500 right now on sale. I got my i9-9900K for $460. I don't stream, or work with professional workloads. I only use my PC for content consumption, gaming, and basic school work. Additionally, since I'm powering a 3440x1440p 120Hz monitor, pushing an extra 5-15 FPS makes a huge difference in the scheme of value for me. The K95 platinum isn't actually what I'm currently using. I have a custom TKL keyboard made in Asia, with PBT doubleshot keycaps, genuine cherry speed switches, space gray coloration, and no RGB. I disliked the K95's macro keys getting in the way of FPS games.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the 3-15fps thing comes from 240hz users. the 'effect' is almost unnoticeable on a 120/144/165hz monitor. congrats on the nice keyboard, though :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I love your build. I'm planning on making one and it's similar to yours but it will be my first time building a PC. Any tips? Should I try and attach the parts to the motherboard first before I attach it to the case and stuff like that

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Don't spend more money than you really need to. Prioritize quality over raw performance. For example, buy the most expensive RTX 2080 SUPER rather than the least expensive 2080 TI.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can you check out my build? RGB in my build doesn't really matter that much. I just wanted to hear your opinion https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8G9J8M

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

9700K is great, I dislike my NZXT Kraken X62, the lights don't meet the hype, thermal paste is fine, Asus has good motherboard bios, the RAM is popular, HDD are for the weak, and so is that SATA SSD. Go big and buy at least one M.2 NVME Gen 4 SSD: super reliable, and super fast. Speaking of super, the 2080 SUPER looks great. H500i is unnecessary, buy the plain H500. 750W PSU is fine, and I'd personally recommend Windows 10 Pro for more options. And don't buy it from Microsoft. Find a super cheap option.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm not familiar with M.2 stuff. Does the brand or type matter? Anything I should look for?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Corsair or Gigabyte are the brands to go for when searching for M.2 NVME Gen 4 SSD's.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Whats the temps like in there?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

CPU idle: 25 C

CPU Max: 79 C CPU Average in Game: 60 C CPU Clock Speed Locked @4.9GHz on all 8 cores.

GPU idle: 30 C

GPU Max: 70 C GPU Average in Game: 65 C GPU Memory overclocked +1000MHz Cores +50MHz

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