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My first build! The force is strong with this one.

For this build I wanted to focus on performance over aesthetics. More of an "all bite, no bark" type build. I've been a competitive console player for most of my gaming career so I wanted frames over anything when I made the switch to the "master race". I knew that I was going to be starting out playing Destiny 2 so I decided on my GPU first and built around that. I chose the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aorus Waterforce because I wasn't interested in ray-tracing and liked the water-cooler. I then chose the Intel i7-9700k and Asus prime Z-390-A for some future proofing and over-clocking potential. I chose Corsair Vengeance RAM (4x8 GB) to maximize speed and bandwidth. I went with the 860 EVO SSD for storage since it's decently fast and has great price/GB but M.2 probably offers better performance. For CPU cooling, I knew that I wasn't going to need liquid-cooling since I had no experience with overclocking so, I went with the Hyper 212 EVO and added a fan for dual-fan setup. I intentionally over-sized my PSU to keep my options open for future upgrades (custom cooling loop, additional fans, rgb, etc.). Since, I knew my case wouldn't be on display and the inside would be pretty mundane, I decided to go with the Antec P7 silent that features soundproofing inside the case wall.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with my first build. It's able to handle everything that it was designed for with no issues. If I would change anything, it would be the storage. As stated above, I would probably go with M.2 as long as it wasn't too pricey. Also, I would change the case. I would've liked a case with fan vents on the top to allow for a radiator setup for CPU liquid cooling and maybe a window to show off my hard work. Either way, it was a great experience and I definitely recommend the hobby to anyone who is thinking about building their own PC.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Congratulation for your first build. Well done! Great part selection. Why do you pair a I7 9700k with a Hyper 212 Evo? It's a great budget cooler, but it doesn't fit in with the other high end parts.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly because I didn't have any experience with liquid cooling and wanted a budget cooler in the meantime. Possible custom loop in the future! The cooler works great though. Quiet and efficient.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the monitor?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven’t purchased the monitor yet. Currently using a 28” Acer 4K @ 60 hz.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Update on the monitor:

Aesthetics - The monitor looks great with a very thin border on the top and sides. Vesa mountable but comes with removable/adjustable stand.

Performance - Everything I hoped for. Lightning quick and buttery smooth @ 240 hz. G-sync and freesync compatible. My PC auto-detected the g-sync capability and gave me the option to turn it on. I connect via the display cable that shipped with it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I also plan on pairing my Hyper 212 Evo with the 9700k.

Do the temps go to an unsafe amount while multi-tasking or does it run fine?

Nice build as well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I normally run Destiny 2 with discord, steam, a couple performance monitoring programs, and a web browser in the background and haven’t had any issues with temps. I’ve seen peaks around 40 degrees C.

This is also without any over-clocking and standard fan settings.

Good luck with your build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I intend not to overclock for now but if I ever plan to do so, then I might consider my first water-cooled build. As for that temp, that seems considerably low to what I expected. As long as it doesn't go over 70/75 C, I should be fine.

Thanks for the reply and thanks for the kind words :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's lower than I expected too. I've heard 70 C is a good max target temp. It all depends on usage. I play destiny 2 which isn't as demanding of the CPU as it is the GPU. Again, this is all standard clocking.

Another thing to keep in mind is your overall fan orientation. I've seen a lot of builds where people cram as many fans as possible into their case or have radiators return warm air into the system. For the most efficient cooling, you want to have air blowing across your components and not being recycled (recirculated). For example, my build has 2 fans in the front that bring fresh air into the case. In the back, I have the radiator for the liquid cooled GPU with the fan expelling the hot air out of the case and pulling the fresh air from the 2 front fans. I also have the dual CPU cooler fans blowing in the same direction. So even though I don't have a lot of fans, I'm still able to maintain adequate, uni-directional air speed through my case.