Description

I missed gaming at the highest graphical quality with a mouse and keyboard, so I'm back with my sophomore build! With my rookie build, I went too hyphy with RGB which wasn't really worth the extra cash for pretty lights. This time, I focused more on the best performance per dollar spent without compromising quality to get cheaper parts. I should've bought Corsair memory instead to really go all out with Corsair parts for the build, I have 30 days with Amazon to return the T-Force so I'm probably going to do that and upgrade to 32GB ram...do you think I should do 32GB for gaming or just stick to 16GB?

I intended to liquid cool the GPU since my 1080ti FTW was really loud under load, but I'm so impressed by how powerful and tolerable the 2080ti is under load that I ended up using the liquid cooler on my CPU.

Got the EVGA 2080ti XC Ultra for $999 no tax. It arrived without the original box, but was sealed in the ESD plastic bag brand new! I called EVGA to check warranty status and the support said EVGA shipped the card to Amazon on 8/27/2019, so the 3-year warranty would start from there since Amazon didn't directly sell it to me. I registered the warranty and bought a 2 year extended warranty during the process, but received an email later saying that this card was not eligible for extended warranty. I replied saying "Ok I understand, refund me". My secondhand craigslist GTX 1080ti FTW3 treated me well and I never needed to use the warranty, but EVGA customer support is amazing because they had management review the extended warranty purchase and said after review they will let me keep the extended warranty!

I researched really long whether to build with Ryzen 3700X or i7-9700K...I imagine by the time we evolve to 4K and 8K gaming on 16 threads then these 2 processors will probably be obsolete for that type of future generation high performance gaming so I went with Intel for better current generation gaming performance.

I'm very excited to game on my new build. GTAV, AC: Odyssey, Overwatch, and Paladins run amazing on this beautiful monitor.

Thanks for reading about my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is very fast... Easy to overclock but hope that you are lucky in the silicon lottery. Beefy air cooler or liquid cooler is recommended.

CPU Cooler

Does a great job cooling my i7 9700k OC to 5.0ghz. Concerned that it would be loud, but the noise is minimal and tolerable during gaming.

Motherboard

Gigabyte motherboards get a lot of hate, but their motherboards have never let me down. Easy to use bios, great hardware. One of the best hardware VRMs for z390 motherboards. If you don't want to spend more for the Aorus Master or Asus Maximus Hero XI, I highly recommend this motherboard

Memory

Best deal for 16gb ram with this latency and timings. Stays cool and XMP OC profile runs stable.

Storage

Phison is one of the most successful SSD controller designers that sells controllers on the open market. The Phison E12 is its latest flagship NVMe controller intended for high-end consumer SSDs and enterprise SSDs. Corsair MP510 is powered by the Phison E12 design.

Video Card

EVGA is the best when buying a graphics card. Customer support and quality is top tier. Advanced RMA is always an option if you don't want to go through a tedious mail-in warranty service. If you're purchasing a 2080ti, you probably are aware of the widespread failure during release with artifacts and other GPU failure symptoms so make sure you research into how each company handles their RMA for previous customers because you'll likely be treated the same and EVGA treats their customers well.

Case

Sleek and modern design. One of the smaller ATX cases available. Easy to build with.

Case Fan

Best fans available if you don't need RGB.

Keyboard

I have never heard of this brand, yet majority of the gamers I talked to recommended this. Being a Taiwan product, I was a little skeptical but this keyboard is amazing. Better build quality than my previous Razer and Corsair keyboard.

Mouse

My favorite mouse. I play shooters like Overwatch and Paladins with it because wires annoy me during gaming, I recommend this if you need a cheap quality wireless mouse.

Headphones

This headset is good but not the best. If it wasn't for the price that I got it off Craigslist for, I would've returned it immediately at that absurd retail cost. It gets the job done but mic is not good, virtual surround sound is OK. The drivers inside the ears are pretty good, solid base and clarity. I just expected a lot more for what the retail price cost. There's a reason this headset has so many mixed reviews on the internet. There are plenty of headsets below $150 that perform close to this, I wouldn't pay more than $150 for this headset.

Custom

Surface is not soft, it's a polycarbonate surface which feels like plastic but not crappy plastic. I wanted a hard surface pad without the RGB gimmicks, this is great.

Custom

Good computer speakers. They're not studio monitors so don't expect amazing sound but they get the job done. Bluetooth feature is simple and easy to use.

Custom

I did a lot of research on 1440p IPS 144hz monitors before buying this one. There are GSync IPS monitors that are older and more expensive. I had a 1440p 165hz GSync TN Dell 27DG monitor before this, I wasn't impressed by that monitor so GSync was not a focus for me since I read online that some Freesync monitors support forced GSync.

It was either this monitor or the LG 27GL850. LG was out of stock so I bought this Acer monitor and I'm really glad I did.

Acer has been making good gaming monitors for a while, this monitor is top quality. No dead pixels or backlight bleed at all. No ghosting or input lag during gaming. Amazing stand that has swivel, tilt, and height adjustable.

WARNING: This monitor's colors seem washed out when not in HDR mode. When in HDR mode, the colors are just as amazing as my Samsung QLED HDR 4K TV.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

by "2019 gaming beast" do you mean "2020 gaming beast","2021 gaming beast","2021 gaming beast"?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

eh 16 GB RAM might not be that much by 2022.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I see you added extra fans on the radiator. How much space is there between the front fans and the front panel? If they're too close, then they'll actually do more harm than good by cutting off your airflow more than this case already does.