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Upgrade to #BlueBeast [i9 9900K]

by jrns17


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Date Published

Jan. 8, 2019

Date Built

Dec. 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


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!

After buying everything [except new RTX card] for new build.. On December 13, 2018 I built my #BlueBeast [i9 9900K]

Long-due upgrade was finally done..

From Core 2 Duo E6400 to i9 9900K..

Unlisted/Current GPU in the System: Asus GTX 750 Ti from 2015.

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 (Checked)]

Intended Future Upgrade: Asus/MSI/GIGABYTE RTX 2080 Ti.

Part Reviews


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


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!


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


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

Comments Sorted by:

aud10_fr3ak 4 points 2 months ago

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

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

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.

DuoOne 1 point 2 months ago

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

CodyJames91 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Integrated graphics? lol

DuoOne 1 point 2 months ago

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

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

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

DuoOne 1 point 2 months ago

Ok, I see.

drferrell 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

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

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

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

JoeSpencer 1 point 2 months ago


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

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

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

DrLitch 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

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.

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

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.

aznxk3vi17 1 point 3 days ago

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?

jrns17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

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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mcfly26 2 points 2 months ago


jrns17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Not really, but saving for RTX 2080 Ti.

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