Description

To commemorate my recent graduation from college, I wanted to build my second computer in almost 6 years. The goal was to put together a high-performance gaming machine for the years to come. I'm also partial to the aesthetics of my build, so I spent some extra to have a good looking machine. I'm extremely pleased with how it all came together and it was a blast to put together another build.

Parts

With the upcoming release of Cyberpunk and the more immersive games out there, I decided to outfit the system for ultrawide gaming. I chose the Alienware 34" ultrawide because of its great specs (and a sweet Black Friday deal).

I was also able to get the i7 9700k on Black Friday which brought it down to a competitive price point with its AMD counterpart. I slapped the NZXT Kraken X62 in there to keep it cool, which I had been dead set on as my next CPU cooler for about 2 years now. :D

I went with the Z390 Aorus Pro WiFi Motherboard for its great overclocking potential and the included WiFi. I heard the BIOS isn't as friendly as ASUS's but I will try my hand at it soon.

A 2x8GB kit of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3200 MHz RAM was my first purchased part. I snagged it on a great Black Friday deal and I couldn't be more pleased.

On the other hand, my storage was the last part to be purchased. I ended up grabbing a pair of 1TB Sabrent Rocket SSDs. The price crept up after the holiday deals window, but these are solid drives and I was ready to start the build.

The Gigabyte 2070 Super was my graphics card of choice to pair with my G-Sync ultrawide. The Gigabyte card boasted a pretty nice cooling system and I was able to catch it on sale.

All of this fit perfectly inside the NZXT H510 Elite. Coming from the H500, I wanted to keep a similar style but with a little eye candy. I added a couple extra AER RGB fans inside to complete the look.

Everything is powered by the Corsair RM 650x. I love the fanless mode and modularity in this unit, plus the 10 year warranty is great peace of mind.

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Comments

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

I see someone is actually buying those AIO cooler "socks" xD. (sorry I have too)

Overall nice build, though you could've gotten more storage if you'd gone with a single SSD and bought a second HDD, for $120 you could have had 4TB of storage. Take it from someone who has over 8 tb of PC games (humble bundle is a bane and a blessing), yes you can delete games you don't play often to make space but what about when you do want to play that one game you don't have installed?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, they just look too good :D

I totally agree about the storage, that was the one part of the build which was rushed. I wanted to stick with the NVMEs so I could just simply fit them into the motherboard and not worry about the HDDs taking up space in the case. I may have to look to boost my storage once my game library grows, but as of now the 1TB was plenty.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

As long as those drives are in Raid 0 for no real reason other than to MAX SPEED. I'll forgive the storage blunder.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with the hue for the stock fans

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

The Elite come with a controller built in for the front 2 fans and the light strip. The two additional AER RGB fans can then be daisy chained with the light strip. This means that I didn't need to purchase the Hue to get all the RGB fans working.

Hope that helps, I definitely did some research to make sure I didn't need to buy the Hue!

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, that's a great looking build! What temperatures are you getting?

Cheers