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I'm not quite sure whether to call this an upgrade or a new build entirely. I had planned on only swapping out the CPU and mobo on my then current main gaming rig that is posted on here under the name "Red Phantom", but ended up replacing just about everything and only carrying over the memory and storage and GPU to the new one. I am about 2 weeks away from having enough extra money saved up to get myself a 2080ti. Even though I believe it to be of horrible value, I still really want one. Latest and greatest and all that crap I tell myself to justify it lol.

I cant really think of a single complaint or issue I have with the new rig. I have the 9900k overclocked to 5ghz across all cores for my 24/7 OC, and then another profile saved for a 5.2 OC. At 5ghz it hasn't gone past 65c, even after a good 12 hour stress test in prime95. At 5.2 it jumps up to 73c during the same tests. For my 1080ti I have a custom fan profile set that keeps it at 65c during max load.

I can't say enough good things about this Lian-Li case. In addition to being ridiculously easy to build in, its thermals are fantastic. I ran my full suite of benchmarks with both side panels and the front panel off, and then ran the exact same tests with all the panels on, and the difference was 2c. That almost falls into margin of error. Definitely the best thermals I have experienced in a case.

The fans in my last rig were a little loud, so I decided to try some different ones this time. I wanted to go with noctua, but ended up with corsair due to the color and rgb choices. Got 9 of the ML120 rgb fans. I'm really impressed with how quiet they are. With the fan profile I have set, they sit around 750 rpms and are virtually silent. After 60c I have them set to spin up to 1250 rpms and then they start to become noticeable, but still quieter than my last rig at idle

I tried my best to go with a neutral color scheme this time. On my last main rig I had gone with red and black custom sleeved cables and a few other red accents, which pretty much locked me into going with a red and black color scheme with the lighting. Now I can change my entire setup to whatever color strikes me at the time and not have any parts clash.

Well I've rambled on enough. Questions and comments are welcomed.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Why the 2 keyboards and headsets?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

The sennheisers I use for fps gaming since they seem to work best for hearing footsteps and gunfire direction. The steelseries I use for all other game genres and watching movies. Same with the keyboards kinda. I use the corsair for fps games and the logitech for everything else

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice it looks, I will build the same, thank you :) what cables you bought?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

They are phanteks brand extensions

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I am still looking at your build and I admire :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Those temps are large fft? My delidded 9900k hits mid 90s with small fft/blended at 5 GHz @ 1.28v but I haven't tried large fft.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That was with blend and small fft. I'll double check that when I get home tonight though. I was thinking I got pretty lucky with the thermals on this chip.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If that's true that's insane.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are getting temps that good,I'd double check to see if you're being power limited. You may not have removed the tdp limit. I've got the same cooler and a delidded CPU so we should at the least have comparable temps

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely removed the 95 watt tdp. I will double check that I'm running the blend/small fft test first thing when I get home this evening. I am almost positive I was though. I do remember for sure that I am at 5.0 across all cores @1.285 volts. I'll see if i cant get some screenshots this evening with cpuz and prime95. Before I manually dialed in my oc, I let my mobo do its auto OC just to see what it came up with. It went to 5.2ghz but with some ridiculous voltage. Around 1.4 I think, and that had me hitting 92c in prime95. I immediately disabled that crap and dialed in my own

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, my voltage is jumps between 1.270 and 1.288 at 5 GHz. When running blended it is anywhere between 50s but when it hits the smaller ffts it gets up to mid 90s. I also have a 10 degree difference between my lowest core and my highest so one core is 88 and one is 98 and getting throttled. From what I've read, delidded chips shouldn't be that bad so I'm going to reseat my cooler to see if it changes anything. I have read that motherboards with better VRMs get better temps which my VRM on my Maximus XI Code kinda sucks. But power limits are the only thing I could imagine getting THAT much of temp difference but maybe I'm wrong. When the Maximus XI Apex comes out with the better VRM kll be selling my code and picking it up. It should have better memory overclocking as well with the way the memory bus is set up. After that I'm going to do a custom loop with direct die cooling.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to mention your motherboard. I initially was going to get the exact one you have until I started reading about Asus going fairly anemic on the z390 VRMs. This is the first gigabyte product I've ever purchased, and I did so purely on all the high praise its gotten for its VRMs and 9900k overclocking prowess. Normally I go straight to Asus when buying high end. I think you are correct in trying to reseat your cooler. At least for a first step. It does really seem like your temps are a bit high for being delided. I also read something about some people reporting their 9900k temps getting significantly better after updating to the most recent bios, but I'd guess you tried that already or it may have been a completely different mobo I was reading about. I am definitely going to double check all my settings tonight to make sure in posting the correct info, but I am pretty positive about which prime95 test I was running and I do know for sure I removed the power limit. My 7700k was a poor overclocker so maybe it was just my time to get a good chip lol.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Those fans are great. I have 5 ML140 Pros in my own case. I'm looking into this board for use in a potential upgrade. How did you find the BIOS? I'm reading that a lot of folks aren't too thrilled with Gigabyte's BIOS. Curious to get some feedback on someone who's used it to achieve nice clocks. Finally, what software are you using to set your fan speeds?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The way I have my fans setup, the three on the radiator are controlled through corsair cue on the radiator tab, and then the other 6 are also controlled through corsair cue except I have them all run through a corsair commander pro, so they are controlled separately/different cue tab. I've built several rigs with a ton of fans like this and so far this setup has been the easiest to control them all exactly how I want (despite me not liking cue very much lol). In the past I've used speed fan, motherboard controls, and seperate fan controllers, but for pure ease of use and effectiveness this is working amazingly. With the caveat of needing the commander pro for this to work this way.

The initial bios that came on the board was pretty poor and I think that is where many of the negative opinions on it came from. They did redesign it a little while back, and while definitely not my favorite bios, Ive had no issues with the updated version. The UI is meh, but as far as options go it has everything I've needed, and the board itself is fantastic. I really don't think it can be beat in its price bracket. I've always stayed away from gigabytes products just due to their reputation, but if they can keep making quality stuff like this mobo, I can see them turning that reputation around very easily.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I was feeling like those three side fans should also be on intake. I take at bottom and side, all exhausting out of the top for a bit better of a static air channel. Plus 6 exhaust and 3 intake may be a bit too uneven, or taking away from some of that cool air trying to flow all the way up and across all the hot parts. Just my 2 cents though

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The top three on the radiator are set as intake, as well as the bottom three. The three on the side are exhaust. I have more intake than exhaust to keep a good positive airflow going. I did try a few different combinations and this setup yielded the best thermals for both my CPU and GPU. The radiator fans pull in fresh air to keep the rad cool, and even though they are dumping the hot air into the case, it exhausts well. The bottom fans are blowing fresh air directly onto the GPU which is helping to keep it about 5c cooler than it was in the last case I had it in. If I set it up the way you mentioned it would be pushing all the hot air to the radiator fans and through the radiator, which would greatly decrease its ability to cool my CPU.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. In my testing I never saw hot air exhausting as adding any temperature to the cpu. I didn't realize you had the top as intake also that makes more sense. I just know when I look at my air flow paths I usually try to go intake at front / bottom. And exhaust as top / back depending on the case. Another thing to factor in is that warm air rises up naturally. Your explanation makes more sense now though bro, thx for the reply!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I was meaning the already warmed air blowing through the radiator, if I had it as exhaust, would/does decrease the cooling ability of the radiator. That sets the temperature delta much higher than when its pulling in fresh air from outside. I do tend to agree with you on general fan setup though. You can see my previous builds follow the standard airflow path setup of intake in the front with exhaust at the top and back. But they are in more traditional style of PC case.

I'm torn on the warm air rising argument. I understand that it's a hard fact, and it seems like it would make total sense when applied to PC cooling. But I've brought it up before in a few discussions on here about case airflow and was immediately shot down with the reasoning being that it doesn't have enough of a chance to make any difference with all the airflow going on already. It doesn't get a chance to rise naturally. So I just dont know what to believe there lol. I'm going to need gamers nexus or someone like that to give a definitive answer

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

noob question here, that motherboard is able to support 6 fans??

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe this mobo has 8 fan headers. I'm actually not using any of them though except for the CPU fan header to plug the dummy plug from my aio into. Three are connected to the aio and the other 6 are run into a corsair commander pro which allows me to control them all individually.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

I don’t believe you got that 1080 ti for $799.99.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You dont have to believe it, but that's what I paid. Bought it about a year and a half ago.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep paid the same for mine back in May/June 2017.