Description

I've been slowly assembling this build while waiting for the release of Turing. With the RTX 2080 now in my hands, it's time to shine!

At its core, my intent was to build a high end, quiet computer that will last me a long time while gaming at 1440p. I wasn't really interested in spending halo-tier money on things that offered less bang for the buck, like the 2080 Ti or all out hardline water cooling, but was still willing to spend for fancy things.

Inverted!

The Dark Base 700 case has a neat feature in that it is invertible. The entire case dissembles to just its shell, and can be reassembled reversed, placing the computer facing right instead of the normal left. Even with lots of technical knowledge and time, this was was a pretty patience testing experience to do solo. There are a lot of screws, wires, standoffs, and everything else to consider when going through the flipping procedure. To bequiet!'s defense, the instructions are good and it has to be an incredible engineering exercise to design a case this high quality that is also invertible. It's just not something I would recommend unless you are truly an enthusiast and have a fair amount of patience.

For example, you will see in the pictures that the gaps for running cables beneath the motherboard are not wide enough to get the EPS connector through, meaning you will be loosening the entire motherboard tray just to get the gap wide enough to get the thing through. And that's just one example of many!

Cable management was also pretty difficult, especially once I added the CableMods extenders. However, I did my best, and then employed the old school "if you can push it closed, its all good!" rule on the backside.

I will say, once done, its pretty unique and cool!

IC Graphite pad

Here is another fairly interesting thing in this build. Instead of paste, I used the IC Graphite thermal pad. The Dark Rock 3 I am using for CPU cooling is a notoriously difficult to install cooler, and it took 4+ mounting attempts to get the pad to sit squarely on the CPU IHS. That's pretty scary, as the pad itself is thermally conductive! I actually ended up using tiny dabs of AS5 in the corners to keep the pad from moving around, while installing the cooler from the bottom with the case scooted to the edge of a table.

In the end, my thermal results were identical to my results using Arctic Silver 5, so that is pretty impressive. Again, I don't recommend people use this product unless they really are an enthusiast with a lot of patience. Temps with the 8700 at 4.3ghz all core turbo in torture testing are about 79c with all the fans in silent mode.

2080

I've been waiting for a 2080 for a long while and was lucky to get this EVGA XC at its original $750 price point before it went up. A 1080 Ti may be better bang for the buck, but I had been waiting a long time for Turing! I am especially a fan of the new EVGA backplate design. Very cool! 3dmark benchmarks show ~22k in Fire Strike and ~10k in Time Spy.

Hope yall dig it! Feel free to ask any questions you might have!

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent CPU, but only if you remember to get a motherboard that allows you to adjust the TDP of the CPU!

At stock settings, it will turbo up to 4.3ghz all core, but then quickly cut timing to stay under the 65w rated TDP. This will lead to very disappointing performance numbers from a CPU of this price.

By going into the motherboard settings of a board with TDP override and manually setting the TDP to 95w or higher, the CPU will turbo up to 4.3ghz and stay there, meaning it will exactly match the performance of a more expensive stock 8700K!

CPU Cooler

A very good air cooler that will outright beat many AIO water coolers on price/peformance/noise. However, mounting can be a very big headache. The instructions that come with the unit are not especially helpful, and I actually would not recommend using them.

I strongly recommend searching YouTube for a good walkthrough that shows the alternate mounting process, essentially flipping the motherboard on-top of the cooler and tightening from the back. A much easier process.

Memory

Will happily run at its advertised timings while putting on a nice blinky light show.

When using only a single kit, I was able to undervolt the ram to 1.2v and maintain both frequency and timings.

Sticks use Hynix dies.

Custom

They look purdy! Cable combs included on the cables are plastic. Just remember that they may introduce some issues with cable management in the back with their added length. Would not recommend for use with cases with transparent rear panels.

Custom

Can be quite difficult to install, as the pad is very light and has a propensity to slide around during cooler installation. As it is conductive, a bad mount could have scary results. I would only recommend using this product for use with coolers with straight forward, top mounting.

However the product will not age, degrade, or ooze, which may be especially useful for builds that will not be messed with often in their lifetime. The product is also reusable.

Temps are broadly similar to Arctic Silver 5 in my personal experience.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

cat

  • 14 months ago
  • 6 points

Senior RGB Analyst Brutus helped out a lot in the build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cat. (r/CatsStandingUp)

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

nice

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

wow +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude!

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Loving my 2080 too! It overclocks like crazy! Digging the looks too. Clean build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! What have you settled on? I haven't overclocked it yet but that is absolutely my next step. Are you using X1 or Afterburner?

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd go with X1 since you're using EVGA. That's what I'm using on my FE card. Mine got up to +1250MHz memory and +145MHz core clock. You should be able to get more if your power can go over 124%! I'm on a custom water-cooling loop though.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Was about to downvote but then i saw the cat photo and i changed my mind. Just joking :) Nice build cant wait to see more benchs/test on the new RTX, i bought a 1080TI in January and its perfect but i'm still thinking about upgrading.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

With a 1080 Ti, I wouldn't bother going to a regular 2080 at all. The RTX titles we've seen so far have been real performance hogs. Of course, the 2080 Ti is out there if you wanna go nuts. :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How are your GPU temps with this build? I’m also using the 700 inverted and I think it runs pretty hot unless I really crank up the case fans.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty hot honestly. I ended up buying 2 more 140mm Silent Wings 3 fans for the front of the case because of it. When overclocking the GPU (+150 core +500 memory in X1), I believe I get mid 70s with the case fans on auto.

If I know I'm going to be gaming for a while, I'll switch the fans up higher. The little switch on the front at least makes thats easy to do!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have the same gpu but w/ 3570k for now lol. Are you considering upgrading to 9xxx series when it comes out?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to build new Build to run the following Games and Software on Dell Monitor - U3417W 3440x1440 60Hz Monitor

Game: World of Warcraft / Overwatch Software: Photoshop / Lightroom / Illustrator / Adobe Premiere Pro / After Effects

My main question is if I can play these 2 games without black border is good FPS rate at this resolution of the monitor, using High or Ultra configuration in the quality of graphics.

Below the Parts List, I am open to suggestions on parts exchange or even on fanning as Cooler CPU and FAN

URL: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/FelipeRamalho/saved/FWwmqs

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend this 2080 over the 2070 XC Ultra RGB? I'm pushing my budget with the 2070 but I'm really debating going up to the 2080 and pulling back some money on other items I havent bought yet, I have 2 Asus 278Q 1440p @144Hz, one for gaming and other for streaming. Also have an overclocked 8700k at 5.2 ghz with a 360mm aio, as well as a z390 Extreme4

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it depends on what you want to play, 1440p 144hz is a pretty tall ask if you are playing tough titles. For LoL/CS Go/Overwatch and such, I would likely recommend going with the much cheaper 1070 Ti at the moment because the price is great.

But for games like AC Odyssey, not even a 2080 will hit 144hz consistently. I bounce around 70fps in that game. You can blame Ubisoft. :)

In general, the 1070 Ti is probably the sweet spot in price/performance at the moment. If you want to go big baller, the 2080/1080 Ti are there. The 2070 exists in a bit of a no-mans-land in the price/performance scale at the moment. Faster than a 1070 Ti but not by a ton.

The GamersNexus article is a good place to go to see a few titles. Good luck! https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3377-evga-rtx-2070-black-review-overclocking-fps-temperature-noise

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks! I’m going to go with the 2080 OC with the weekend deals I snagged the ROG Strix OC for $769.99 on Amazon there are 3 left for anyone who is thinking about buying this card btw

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. I am having a hard time finding Sleeved Cables that will fit the PCIe slot of my rtx 2080. I purchased the corsair "Premium PSU Kit" and the cables were great but the 8 pin wont connect into my gpu, its the wrong fit. I cannot find cables.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That may be the EPS 8pin cable (for the motherboard) and not the PCIe 8pin (for the videocard). In the infinite wisdom of computer manufacturers, the two connectors look VERY similar, especially molded in flat black plastic. The Corsair kit includes cables of both types.

The PCIe cables should be printed with the letters on "PCI-E" on them (although i know from experience that sometimes they aren't labeled). I can confirm that the PCIe connectors are standard on my 2080, so they should work unless the connector on the card is damaged for some reason.

This picture might help tell between the two cables if the markings aren't there. https://i.stack.imgur.com/M3aeL.png

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

So unfortunately I has tried both PCIe cables on each side when putting together the build with the “Corsair PSU kit” and the 8 pin would not connect into the power slot. So I had to use the non sleeved cable for now until I can find Someone that sells cables compatible with the card. Are you using that same kit?

  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

why not a h370 or b360 motherboard? You don't need a z series motherboard if you're not going to overclock. nice build though.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The H and B series boards didn't exist when I bought the CPU, it's actually a launch day special from this time last year.

It's worth noting too that I don't know which H or B series boards allow for overriding the TDP like most of the Z series boards do, which is crucial for using an 8700 Non-K. The setting tends to be bundled in the OC settings of most boards BIOS. There might be some out there that have it, I just don't know which ones specifically.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not "overclocked" as much as "over TDP". With stock settings, the CPU will automatically cut back its speeds until it hits the rated TDP (65w). Meaning instead of its 4.3ghz all core that its rated to do, it will cut waaaay back to 3.2ghz to stay within its power budget. Lame!

By going into the BIOS in most higher end boards, there is a setting to override the TDP. I've got mine set for 150w, but never seen it over 101w or so. With it set that way, it will stay at 4.3ghz all core all day, which is just fine with the cooling I have.

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