This was my first Sensible Systems RTX graphics card build, and also my first to use the new i5-9400F. It was built around a white theme, and intended primarily for gaming.
The graphics card choice for this one was exciting.
I actually built this back in early Feb, when the RTX 2060 had only recently released, and it was really nice to finally have a new card that offered good value as well as performance. I went with a basic model because pricing for the more deluxe cards pushed up way too close to the budget end of the RTX 2070 range, making those cards bad value buys. Temps and noise are totally fine with this card, and performance is of course great for 1440p gaming in recent titles at high settings.
The CPU choice was also kind of interesting.
Intel had just released the i5-9400F, an updated i5-8400 with slightly higher clockspeeds but no integrated graphics. Pricing for these was a hot topic leading up to release, but I managed to find a -9400F for a fair bit less than -8400 pricing, and when it offers such a decent savings I think it is a sensible buy.
(The only hitch I hit with this CPU was 3DMark not knowing what it was!)
Many of the other parts were chosen to fit the aesthetic theme. Case and motherboard most obviously, both being a nice white. The RAM was just a simple black kit for some contrast. The cooler is not necessary from a performance POV, but chosen for the look of liquid cooling, and imo it does look nice.
Storage was a simple SSD + HDD setup, and the power supply was a good deal: Antec's refreshed Earthwatts range is built by Seasonic on their Focus Gold platform, which is excellent, and Antec somehow manage to undercut their OEM on price... Dunno what's up with that, but it's good for us :-)
Building in the 275R is a breeze, no complaints from me on this case.
Performance-wise, the system is great for 1080p or 1440p gaming.
With the GTX 1660 Ti now out, that would be another potential GPU choice for a similar system, if budget was a bit tight, but personally I'd stretch to the RTX 2060 if at all possible (depending on precise pricing of course!)
OK, hope you like this one, and let me know what you think in a comment below or over on Facebook where I'm Sensible Systems.