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This is a 2020 refresh of my previous build (https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ReIIek/saved/jBXbXL).

The upgrades are a case swap to the NZXT H510 Elite, an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra, an Elgato HD60 (for console streaming), and an additional 500GB m.2.

I was never happy with my NZXT S340. It was a great choice for my budget build, but not having the clean tempered glass of higher quality cases bothered me everytime I looked at the plastic window. One word to describe the NZXT H510 Elite: CLASSY. Another word? CLEAN. I can't speak on how the case looks for a full RGB build, but I can conclude it's a excellent choice for a pure black and white LED build.

Nvidia's RTX SUPER cards bring a nice bump to performance, as one would expect, but the real upgrades this time around are not just all about the benching numbers. There were two big reasons that I felt justified in jumping from an EVGA GTX 1080 OC2 to the EVGA 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra. Memes aside, Ray Tracing looks INSANE on my 27" 1440p 144hz IPS Acer Predator. I cannot wait to see what games like Cyberpunk will do with the technology. The second reason is the newest iteration of Nvidia's NvEnc video encoder. Used for video/streaming, it takes a lot of the burden off of the CPU and transfers it to the GPU, freeing up precious CPU resources for other intensive tasks. Leaning on H.264 through OBS is a thing of the past. This technology removes the need to run a second streaming PC in order to maintain a high quality stream. When I tested a live stream on Twitch, it was immediately noticeable that my CPU wasn't being bottlenecked like it once had.

Super happy with this round of upgrades. I'm looking to drop in some faster memory here soon. When I do, I'll add another update. Thanks all!

My build's original description below (written January 2018)...

Started out as a budget build with an i5-6700K/GTX970 last November, now exists as the much more streamlined system you see listed here. I was not shooting for something that would break the benchmark leaderboard. I just wanted a solid Gaming PC that would last me for a good many years while keeping the need to upgrade to a minimum. All while looking good doing it. The i5 was good but fell just short of what I was looking for from a CPU: the ability to maintain high graphic settings running 1440p@144hz, while streaming to Twitch@720p every now and then. I first installed the GTX1080 in the list, and while I was getting the FPS I wanted, while streaming the CPU was bottlenecking my ability to not experience hang-ups. Tossed in an i7, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. If you're looking for a solid machine that can drive two monitors while handling a fair amount of multi-tasking, this is the machine I would recommend.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

how did you get the led strip to work, because mine turn on if i do a hard reset but as soon as cam is opened it turns off and it doesn't give me the option to turn it back on

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you plug the cable coming from the rear LED/FAN HUB labled "Power/USB" into a USB 2.0 internal connector on your motherboard? I am trying to think of any other potential points of failure for the LED strip and that is the only thing I can think of. Although you mentioned that it does light up until CAM is turned on, then it turns off. Which leads me to believe that it is being controlled by the hardware by default, then when Cam is opened it switches to being controlled by the software. Perhaps it is disabled in the CAM software? I actually have not opened CAM since I switched to this new case, but I will try it out tonight and get back to you if I find anything!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I did plug it into a 2.0 usb connecter and it won't show up in the cam. I'll try plugging it into another usb 2.0 connector an d de if anything changes

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What cable extensions are those?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

CableMod extensions, purchased from MicroCenter

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

For the cpu cooler did you just screw it to the stock rgb fans in front without using the given fans? Also if the fans are stock with the case do i need to plug it myself or is it already done for me?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I ended up keeping the fans that came with the case in the front rather than using the fans that came with the Kraken. Instead I used one of the Kraken fans as an additional exhaust fan above where the CPU is mounted. The stocks fans come plugged into the Smart Device 2 fan/led hub on the backside of the case. The process I used for mounting everything is as follows:

The H510 Elite has a very handy mounting plate that the front fans are attached to. To remove the fans, you simply loosen the two mounting screws and slide the plate out, bringing the fans with. This lets the builder mount everything to the plate first rather than directly to the case. The plate is then slid in and attached as a single unit.

What I ended up doing was first disconnecting the two front fans from the Smart Device 2 (fan hub found on the backside of the case) and removed the fans via the mounting plate as I described above. I seperated the fans and the mounting plate. Using the extra long screws that came with my Kraken, I mounted the radiator and the fans to the mounting bracket. If you're looking at the case from the window side, the order left to right is radiator->mounting plate->fans. The extra long screws run all the way through the fan and mounting bracket into the radiator holes on the other side of the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket makes this process quite simple, allowing us to completely assemble the radiator/bracket/fan combo before placing it into the case as a single unit and simply locking it into place with the two finger screws.

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