Description

In November of 2018, I decided I was going to use my skills as a "Sale Hawk" and build a new powerhouse iTX gaming PC with all parts at their cheapest prices. I checked prices 3 to 5 times every single day for about 4 months and now it's finally done! I'll explain prices individually in the next section.

CPU: The i9-9900k typically sells for $524.99. I paid $483 by purchasing it from Rakuten during their "entire store 20% off" sale that they had back in January.

CPU Cooler: The Cooler Master ML240R RGB AIO typically sells for around $110. I bought it during an Amazon Flash Sale in December for $87.

Mobo: I got the Asus ROG Strix Z390-I motherboard from Amazon, using Amazon gift cards that I had received during the holiday season.

Memory: I bought the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) sticks directly from Corsair's website during their Christmas sale. Paid $135

GPU: I was able to snag a 4 month old EVGA 1080ti from a seller on Ebay during the 20% off entire site sale back in November for only $530.

Storage: I bought the new Samsung 970 Evo Plus from Rakuten during a 15% off sale that was going on when the 970 Evo Plus first released. Got it for $119. As for the ADATA SU630 1TB SSD, I bought it from Amazon using gift cards I received during the holiday season.

Case: As for my case, the NZXT H200, I received it as a Christmas gift.

Power Supply: I bought my EVGA G3 750W Power Supply from Ebay when they had their "20% off everything" sale back in November. Paid $70 for it.

Case Fans: My Corsair LL120 3-pack + Lighting Node Pro Bundle was given to me as a Christmas gift. I originally received them in black. Returned and exchanged them for the White ones a few weeks later, once they released.

Lighting: I bought the Cablemod RGB/W Hybrid LEDs from Amazon with the rest of my holiday gift card balance.

GPU Backplate: Received as a birthday gift.

SSD Cover: Bought during V1 Tech's major 50% off sale. Paid only $24.

Custom Cablemod Cables: Bought these cables using my 20% off coupon that came with the motherboard. Also bought during their winter promotion that saved me $10. However, they took 8 weeks to arrive.

What an absolute nightmare of a build! I'll never build iTX again with this many accessories. It was well worth it, however!

ISSUES: I love the look of this Z390-I motherboard, but I absolutely hated building in it. The M.2 Cover screws were completely locked on the board, forcing me to mount my 970 Evo Plus on the back of the board. I tried several tiny screwdrivers which all fit, but weren't able to budge the screws. They eventually stripped. I also hate the placement of the Front IO and USB 2.0 Header above the PCI-E lane. The GPU literally crushes the cables, but I managed to get them both in place. But, because of how tight everything is on this motherboard, I wasn't able to slide my custom GPU plate in there! So, I had to take my plate out to the garage for a little bit of work on the table saw. I cut out the top left corner of the plate so that it could lay on top of the GPU without being obstructed by the bottom of the board's IO shield.

The H200 case looks amazing and fits my aesthetic perfectly, but there just isn't enough room for cables in the back and in the power supply basement. I should have ordered shorter custom Cablemod cables. Just with those cables alone, I had very little room to work with to hook up my Commander Pro and all my LL120 Fans.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Very, very nice! What's your dac/amp combo? Can't easily tell. Schiit something something?

+1 mate!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Modi 2 and Magni from Schitt!

  • 14 days ago
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I really shouldn't be laughing at this... Sorry if I am...

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Whats the name for the keyboard? Would love to know

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Anne Pro! My favorite board.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Would've looked 11/10 with a Kraken though.

  • 3 months ago
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Would have had to flip it upside down! Couldn't handle that look.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it a lot. Great contrast, great hardware, and nice custom accents.

  • 3 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn that was a steal for the GPU. I love the backplate too

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn fine looking build! Love that backplate as well and of course cool aesthetics around the walls

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

r/buildapcsales :D +1

Cool build! I did something similar, check it out and let me know what you think (+1 if you like). I had similar issues with the M.2, but I was able to unscrew the heat sync w/out stripping anything - that's frustrating. Also, YES, the USB 2.0 header has a janky placement. I forced things together and I am afraid to take them apart/look too closely, because I am def bending the connectors of my HD audio. However... What a good looking case and build! Also, the ASUS mobo, wacky SATA placement and all, is a legit OC board. All the hard work is done, let time heal your wounds!!

  • 3 months ago
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I also started to strip the screws on the M.2 shield! I gave up before it went any further.

And yes, my wounds are healed! I'm REALLY enjoying my build! I am finally able to achieve 100+ FPS on ultra settings on very intensive games on my Asus PG348Q, which is 3440 x 1440 at 100hz with G-Sync!

While playing Apex Legends in my last build with a 1070 in it, I was only able to get around 65 FPS.

  • 3 months ago
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  • 2 months ago
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Amazing job getting all those deals. Really like your build!

  • 3 months ago
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Nice build ! Could you talk more about the temps you get with the 9900k ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

So far just with a bit of gaming, I haven't seen it go over 50 Degrees C!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answers, I wanted to know because I'm making ITX config with ML120R and 9900K (with Corsair fan too)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd honestly go with a 240R is you can. 120R might run into some cooling issues

  • 3 months ago
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I can't since my case is the In Win A1..

  • 3 months ago
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If you aren't planning on overclocking, you might be okay, but there's a chance you could see some higher temps.

  • 2 months ago
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Is ur i9 oc? And if so what temps are you getting

  • 2 months ago
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Haven't OC'd yet as I have had no reason to.

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