Rebuilt and improved gaming rig for 2020. I use it mostly for vr games like dcs world and i racing.
I decided to treat myself to some upgrades at the end of 2019 and early 2020. It started when I upgraded to a Gigabyte Windforce 2080 Super OC. It’s a good card but be aware that there really isn’t very much oc headroom and I’m only able to add a +50 oc at most and that’s kinda pushing it. To be honest, if I wasn’t pushed to get a new card when I did because my 1080ti FTW 3 died, I might have waited and bought a FTW 3 2080ti. Oh wells.
Then I decided to give my oldest my 8700k and he in turn gave his brother his i5. I gave up my old motherboard to the youngest because the front panel connector pins were bent and only one of the usb headers were working. Unacceptable for me lol. So I upgraded, by a lot, to the Maximus XI Formula. With the built in vrm coolers and the mini display this is an awesome board then you add in the fact that it has an ai oc program that can help you gauge just about where you need to be to get a stable oc. You can also just do it yourself but the option is cool. After that I plugged in my nice shiny i9-9900k and it set up an easy oc of 5.2 ghz and stable. Temps stay pretty reasonable with all the cooling.
To fit it all I put it in a Lian Li o11 dynamic xl in black. I really wanted the white but they didn’t have it at Micro Center so I went with the black model. This case is a good upgrade from my Inwin 303 but still not as good as my original full tower case the Thermaltake V71 rgb tempered glass full tower. That thing was a beast. Still with the way the panels interlock and just the look of the case it’s a great case. It was very easy to fit the 3 radiators, pump/res combo and tubing runs and still look not crowded.
I power the whole shebang with a EVGA Supernova P2 1200 watt psu. Finished it off with some solid light blue fluid and a couple of strimmer lian li 24 pin and 8 pin pci express rgb cable extensions and some bitfenix nickle plated fittings painted white and that’s all she wrote. The only thing I have left to do to make this my ultimate dream machine is to add another graphics card in sli and cool them and get a custom rgb backplate from Jmmods. Let me know what you think of my system. I love building computers and each new iteration I make for myself my kids also benefit as they get the very best of last gen tech which they don’t seem to be complaining about lol 😂
I occasionally stream and am in the process of building another computer to handle the streaming duties out of parts that are laying around...ie: my old cpus and gpus that are getting passed around again. That system will basically be a rehash of my second build which was a Ryzen 5 1600x on a Tomahawk 350 mob.