Description

An upgrade was long due for more than a decade. Had been using Core 2 Duo E6400 with 4GB DDR2 RAM all along.

Started buying intended i9 9900K build components one by one by mid-2018. Everything then narrowed down to processor and motherboard. Processor was decided [i9 9900K], but motherboard was not.

Initially I thought of buying ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) as obvious choice, then I stumbled upon Hardware Unboxed and Gamers Nexus YouTube videos about best Z390 motherboards. Came to know Maximus XI Hero has 4+2 VRM, and Z390 Aorus Master has 12+2 proper high-quality VRM. Also, stripped M.2 screws on Maximus XI Hero was all over the internet; surely poor QC by Asus this time.

I decided to go with GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master; and I am very happy with my choice. It really stays cool due to proper VRM cooling; also everything in the motherboard speaks of really high-quality material. Great job GIGABYTE; for Z390 boards!

BlueBeast [i9 9900K]..

was built on December 13, 2018.

Long-due upgrade was finally done..

From Core 2 Duo E6400 to i9 9900K..

Monitor in the picture is Asus MX239H; which went dead just after few days of my new build; had to get new one; LG 24UD58 4K IPS.

From going Fast to Hyperdrive: Upgrade from SATA SSD (MX500 500GB) to.. NVMe SSD [Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB]

RTX 2080 Ti Arrived: ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC

Part Reviews

Storage

Blazing fast! PC experience re-defined on Hyper-drive! Costly but Beastly..

Storage

So far, so good. Reliable performer as always!

Had been using WD Green 1 TB for storage which went haywire with terrible loud noise and violent vibration all over my PC case (typical HDD problems). Trashed that one.

Got back to Seagate again. WD was a mistake!

Video Card

Costs a fortune, but 'the most powerful GPU' in the market for now.

Had my eyes on ASUS/MSI/Gigabyte RTX 2080 Ti flagship variants for a long while.

ASUS: Highest price tag for ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC. MSI: Lowest price tag for its Gaming X Trio. Gigabyte: Aorus RTX 2080 Ti XTREME is the most stunning design.

I was almost going for Gaming X Trio; then I learned that power-balancing circuit was missing in its PCB, which is not a good news for such high TDP cards.

I have a ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB variant from 2014 and it is still going strong without a single issue; this made me realize ASUS is the one I should buy for its high-quality components, reliability, and most importantly longevity.

Choice was clear, I went for ROG Strix GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti OC and boy this thing is BEASTLY and of course COSTLY (an entire PC can be build by its price tag) !!!

Monitor

Best 4K IPS FreeSync monitor without going bankrupt. My first 4K monitor and loving it!

Keyboard

Expensive than others, but worth every penny. Top-notch quality from Corsair!

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

two things:

a) there looks like there is some sort of gpu in the pictures... can't tell what it is though

b) still don't get why there is 64 gb of ram though, for "productivity." Don't know any kind of productivity that takes up 64 gb of ram

more description is needed

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That GPU is Asus GTX 750 Ti from 2015; saving for RTX 2080 Ti.

Since I was stuck with 4GB DDR2 RAM for decade; I wanted to populate all RAM slots of my current PC; hence 64GB; although not really required; buy why not? when I can afford them.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

How is the case fans 240mm performing so far? are they decent for air flow?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, he said one of the use cases was gaming, but he didn't list a GPU.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Integrated graphics? lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll be getting around 20 FPS in Fortnite at the lowest possible settings.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Gaming; when I can get my hands on my upcoming RTX 2080 Ti.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I see.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Going from a dual core to a 9900k. That's not a leap, that's like a four hour flight!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This is substantial upgrade for me after many many years.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

WHERE IS YOUR GRAPHICS CARD?

I don't think you can do any gaming with this in its current state... unless you count minesweeper

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Slotted in, is my old Asus GTX 750 Ti from 2015. Saving for RTX 2080 Ti as it costs fortune.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely have purchased the RTX 2080 Ti and passed on spending $800plus for 64GB of RAM. 16GB is enough for Gaming, 32GB tops if you want to overkill. 64GB is not going to make any difference unless you have a very specific application in mind (Rendering, Scientific Simulation, Image Processing etc...). Personally, I would have got a couple of 2 x 8GB sticks and the 2080Ti. Can add more sticks of RAM in future.

Aesthetically, build is clean and attractive. Good job. Spec wise, PC will be killer once a 2080Ti is in there.

Look at saving up for a 4K/144 monitor, your specs will drive most games above 60fps even at ultra once you install the 2080Ti. Only a few titles wont hit 60fps at max settings.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your valuable inputs!

I see your point and was well aware of the 16GB RAM requirement for gaming PCs.

In 2006, I built my Core 2 Duo system with 4GB DDR2 RAM and maxed out of my Intel D946GZIS mATX motherboard's capacity and that was it for last 12 years. My system had less than required RAM for so many years that I decided to go all out on my new PC and max out its RAM capacity.

I could wait for brand spanking new almighty GPU, but not RAM; it was too crucial for me for more than a decade and all I could do is wait for next build. Hence; 64GB, I know it is way more than overkill but that is what I intended.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

My computer is aging and I've been considering that same motherboard and a 9700k. How is the RAM clearance with the NH-D15 and the RAM? Did you have to raise the outside fan a bit to give the RAM adequate clearance?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Raised a little bit to get comfortable clearance between RAM and NH-D15 CPU fan just right, so that it's not touching the RAM.

Although, I think PC Case should be compatible with this cooler with enough head room. Mine (Cooler Master H500P Mesh) has 190mm / 7.5 inch CPU cooler clearance, which is ideal for NH-D15 which requires minimum 165mm [Height (with fan)] CPU cooler clearance.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

:P

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Not really, but saving for RTX 2080 Ti.

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