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4K for 2K

by Jalapeno_business


[edit 1/6/18] Forgot to mention this was my first build & very much appreciate everyone's comments/suggestions! Did some digging and found that the ASUS Aura software was causing the crashes where the monitor stopped receiving input and the computer became non-responsive. Removed that software and now everything works fine. Also, switched from HDMI to Displayport and haven't had any GPU issues since.

The goal was to create a future-proof home PC for productivity and decent 4k gaming with a max budget of 2k (and also make it look nice). I went for a white/black scheme because I dig that aesthetic, although I found I really like the RBG look of the RAM/cooler/fans in person as well. I don't have a lot of new games/AAA titles so I can't say that I have pushed the GPU very hard, but I have gotten a solid 30-60fps out of most of my games (lots of RTSes) at max settings, which I'm happy with. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the result, although there are a couple of things I wish I had done differently (upgraded SSD to NVMe), and some things that I may do in the future (better cooling for CPU and maybe even GPU).

Part Reviews


Very impressed with this processor and for the most part the stock cooler as well. The cooler can get a little loud under heavy loads, but with the speakers up or headphones on, it doesn't really distract from gaming or work much.


Mostly got this for the white/black aesthetics and it looks even better in person. It does what it's supposed to do. Haven't done any manual OCing yet.


10/10 would buy again. Looks incredible in person. Usually on sale at Newegg, especially around holidays.


2 words: Value and dependability. Still blazing fast for most tasks in 2019, although may be eclipsed in a few years by programs that demand NVMe speeds.

Video Card

IMO best value if you're looking to futureproof. Got this mainly for white/black aesthetics, but have been very impressed with performance as well. @4k can do 60fps for most of my less graphics-demanding RTSes, but averages only 31fps running Dark Souls 3.


Fantastic case. From what I can tell this is the defacto standard for white/black builds in 2018/2019.

Power Supply

Wattage was overkill for current setup, but got a good price on it and plan to use it for years to come. PC is right in the peak of the efficiency curve (around 1/2-2/3 max power) for most workloads.

Case Fan

Got these at best buy because they were on sale, but didn't realize they were high static pressure till I had already bought them. They work fine as case fans but are probably better suited for radiators. They look great, but there is no way to control RGB via software.


Fantastic monitor for the price I paid during black Friday. Color are vibrant enough for my dark room and 60 FPS is plenty for my RTX 2070.


Keyboard I've had for a couple of years. Looks pretty good with the white/black theme.


Got a good deal from Best Buy (I think). Excellent mouse for 4k.


Cheaper than most cable extenders but doesn't have as many cables as others do. Had just the ones I needed + combs.

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ZFGeek 1 Build 4 points 2 months ago

Only 30 FPS? That is really low for such a great PC. You should be getting at least 60fps, especially since you dont have newer games.

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

TBH I kind of expected more from the 2070, but I don't play a lot of FPS so it's not a dealbreaker for me. I did try 60fps once on Anno 2070 and the temp slowly creeped up until the GPU crashed. Haven't since.

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

There should never be any circumstance where your graphics card overheats and crashes under normal operation, regardless of the game, settings or resolution. Either there is a problem with the card, it is excessively overclocked, or there is a problem with case ventilation.

Have you overclocked the card? Have you checked to see if all the fans are spinning on the card in a gaming situation? Also have you checked other temps inside your case, i.e. VRMs, CPU, drives? If you have a concern about case airflow, just run it for a gaming session with the side panel off and compare temps against with the side panel on. There should be a negligible difference with the panel on or off. If you are seeing big differences (10 degrees or more) you have a case airflow issue and your components aren't getting enough fresh cool air.

Any graphics card, especially one with a monster triple-fan cooler, should be able to run 100% utilization at stock speeds pretty much indefinitely with proper case ventilation without worrying about heat.

I would check those things, there's no excuse to settle for less-than-expected performance or even actual malfunctions in a $600 graphics card.

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Havent OC'd myself extra, but the card has a small factory OC. I may be incorrect in blaming the GPU for the Anno crash, will try testing it some more. And I agree, for the price of the card it should not be malfunctioning.

Sozpiapath 1 point 2 months ago

No matter what price you pay for a GPU, it should never overheat to the point that it crashes. I would run some synthetic benchmarks. Run some 3d Mark, some blender etc. and see whether it crashes. Maybe furmark and prime too...

Anno 2070 should run way higher on max settings. My old GTX 770 can deliver 60 on 1440p max, OC obviously, but the RTX 2070 has about 150% increased performance...

Gom3su 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

30 fps? What? What are you playing?

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Mostly a few RTSes (Anno, Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, etc). Also some Dark Souls 3 which averaged 28fps.

Gom3su 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Dude, something is wrong. Do you have all latest drivers? Xmp enable? Dude you should be able to play DS 3 60fps +

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Actually just realized the monitor caps hdmi at 30fps. Will see if displayport can get better frames.

ZFGeek 1 Build 5 points 2 months ago

yeah, if you are trying 4k with an hdmi that isnt 2.0 high speed then you wont get high framerates. Even just a high speed hdmi would greatly improve performance. That still doesnt explain the GPU crashes.

Gom3su 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Dude u have a rtx. Pls use DP..

AstRgnlMngrDwightSchrute 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

DP? sorry newbie here about to build with the 2070.

Gom3su 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Display port

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Barca1115 2 points 2 months ago

Great build man! Everyone focusing on the 2070 performance but I'll let you know that the setup is SEXY!!! Great black and white theme too

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! Yeah very happy with the overall aesthetics.

Somerando 2 points 2 months ago

Pretty good PC. Might want to have that RTX 2070 RMA’d though, a graphics card pushed to high load should not crash. By the way, don’t worry too much about not having NVME, it really only benefits you if you constantly move large files around and otherwise, the difference between an AHCI SSD and a NVME SSD, is unnoticeable.

TPN_MeDS 2 points 2 months ago

Looks clean!

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago


envoyer.nue.lol 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

i had same problem with my gpu . Re-install windows and update ur mobo too make sure you update your gpu drivers to

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, yeah I'm going to do a little more debugging this weekend.

Kyle2662 1 point 2 months ago

Not focused on gpu performance, concerned about the guy that has a busted gpu/software issue

sirdarkness 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Nice clean build, I owned an RTX 2070 and it is just a 1440P card, used the afterburner auto overclocking feature, save the curve and be happy with it. One thing that will crash your GPU is overclocking the memory.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Very nice build. Thx for sharing.

If you don't use ray tracing I'm wonfering if a 1070TI or 1080 would have been a better choice.

InterestingToe5 1 point 2 months ago

Yea, a RTX 2070 is just a GTX 1080 with ray tracing although I think those performance numbers are still pretty low for a GTX 1080.

EthanA55 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

How is the graphics card? I'm planning on getting the same one.

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Honestly it was great when limited to 30fps with HDMI. Hopefully can figure out the issues I'm having with higher frames... hope it's not the card but may be.

SanthoshM 2 points 2 months ago

Yo switch to display port

ASenileAsianMan 1 point 2 months ago

Planning to go with the same graphics card as it matches my build, so what do you think of it?

Jalapeno_business submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Works well for me on my cheap 4k monitor, but I haven't played a lot of newer, graphics-intensive games. Usually hovers around 65-70°C when playing Anno 2070 (moderately graphics intensive) at 60fps in 4k. Did see some screen tearing while playing the Shadow of the Tomb Raider demo, but it wasn't enough to make it un-playable IMO.

ASenileAsianMan 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, guess I’ll get it

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