Description

This was my first true enthusiast build. I wanted to build something Intel-based that could reliably perform as a single gaming/streaming PC. It is named "Big Easy" due to my New Orleans roots, and also ironic because it was anything but easy to build. The most complex part was the custom (HT) water loop, which was also a first attempt.

Load testing was performed with P95 (cpu) and Heaven 4.0 (gpu@2560x1440), and monitored by Hardware Monitor Pro. I have not done any extensive OC'ing yet; only the intelligent overclock from the ASUS MOBO. I probably have some more room to get better clocks and temps if I really tried to push it.

I hope you like the build, and I welcome any feedback that you might have about it.

I will update once I have some better pictures to post.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Super nice build man. Love how golden the RAM looks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw one of those 2080ti's at Microcenter the other day. $1800, wack.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but why did you go with intel when the R9 3950x can match or exceed the 9900k in a good amount of games, and with the R9 3900x not too far behind.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Especially with the core advantage that Zen 2 has over Coffee Lake

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Admittedly, I agree that the R9 series of chips could have been a better choice. However, this has been a slow piecemeal build (started in Jan 2019), and the mobo and cpu were among the first components that I purchased. I have not ruled out the possibility of converting to AMD in the future, but for now, I need to give my wallet a rest.

Thanks for the feedback.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This seems kinda random, but what made you choose the Thermal Grizzly? Trying to decide between it and ARCTIC MX- something or other +1 btw for mega cleanness

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, my decision was based on a combination of high user reviews along with it's highly rated thermal conductivity. I've also used the Arctic MX paste on my older systems with good results.

Also, thanks for the compliment.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to see this build featured. Very nicely done. 1%'er specs, beast for gaming and other tasks, and solid choice of components. I am not a fan of the Kingpin Price but they have always been this way since the 700 series. Overall hope to see this featured this is definitely one of the better builds I have seen in 2019.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for the praise!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude I love this, but I still feel like you can improve it by diffusing the light from the led strips. This way you will get a nice soft glow. Try some parchment paper or some aclyric (with the surfaces sanded such that it isnt transparent but frosted) or use semi transparent aclyric. Line them up against the strips and I think it would look even better.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I never thought about using something to diffuse the light, but I agree that it could look better that way. Thanks for the advice.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No problem man. If you do end up diffusing the light, Id like to know how it goes for you.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how unconventional this build is, cool to see the golden royal memory go well with this build! How is the wireless headset? +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment! I'm loving my Steel Series headset. I'd have to say it's the best headset I've owned so far.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

I have the same case as you and was wondering where I can pick up the screws which attach the glass of the case. It would be nice since the screws that come with the case by default require a screw to remove.

Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Dude! I totally forgot to mention the thumbscrews in my description. I purchased the gold anodized thumbscrews from CableMod. Thanks for asking.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What kind of cable are those?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I custom ordered those cables from CableMod. Thanks for asking.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

By any chance are you getting rid of the kingpin AIO?