Description

A top of the line rig for 4k gaming and machine learning. I wanted to upgrade to a 3x 4k monitor setup and wanted a machine that could handle that. I've been running 1080p x 1440p x 1080p for several years and really liked it. I've tried a 38" ultrawide and loved it for working, but not for gaming. After picking a 120Hz 4k center monitor (Acer Predator XB273K), I followed up the rest of the build with the following:

Design Priorities: 1. Performance with 4k gaming in mind 2. Quiet

I originally wanted a Ryzen 3900x as the extra 4 cores would be useful for preprocessing data in machine learning pipelines, but at the time I wanted to buy this computer (Sept 2019) the 3900x was out of stock everywhere. Buying overpriced on eBay for $1000+ was not going to be worth it, so I opted for the cheaper 3700x.

The Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti seemed like a no brainer -- huge performance at only a moderately unreasonable price. Should be able to actually support decent 4k gaming.

I decided to splurge on a Gen 4 SSD because even though most applications can't use the faster read/write speeds today, it's possible they will tomorrow. The price difference over the other SSD I was considering (Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVME) was only $20, so I decided it was worth the bet.

I value having a quiet computer, so I wanted to outfit my computer with the new Noctua A12x25 fans since they can work so well over a wide range of airflows/pressures. As such a high airflow case was also ideal! I wanted to use the Lian-Li O-11 Dynamic, but I had already purchased the Noctua DH-15 assuming I would be overclocking a Ryzen 3900x, and the Lian-Li O-11 Dynamic can't fit the monsterous DH-15. If I knew everything I would probably go back and buy a smaller CPU cooler and the Lian-Li case, though I have been extremely impressed with the Fractal Meshify C.

Other notes: All prices are marked with tax/shipping included, which is ~10% where I live.

Part Reviews

Memory

No problems running at specified speed and timings with my CPU/Motherboard. Exactly what I wanted and at a good price point. Low profile and easily fits under the Noctua DH-15.

Case

Loved building in this case. It was really easy to build in, had plenty of options for good cable management, looks stylish, and was cost effective. Fits everything without being too big. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good looking case that has great airflow for performance PCs.

Power Supply

Day 7 review is 5 stars. I love having the option for a silent eco mode.

Case Fan

This fan is AWESOME. Airflow per dB is fantastic, and the noise it does make is a really mild sound. I definitely do not regret outfitting my computer with 5 of these.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm using the same CPU, motherboard, memory, and cooler as you did. I went for the Cooler Master H500P Mesh, though. Haven't gotten the parts yet, it's my first build, and I have a question. Should I install the 4 X 8 memory before I put on the cooler? Thanks.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

2 month old post but yes, definitely install the memory before the giant cooler that covers some of the ram slots. It's entirely possible to install the ram after but it's a lot more annoying.

Edit:

Saw your updated post.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Answer after building: Easier to install ram first, especially if using four sticks, but could be done after.