Description

Made to be a Gaming/Simulation/Media Center PC.

OS installed through USB. No problems and quiet even with fans at full load.

Motherboard made it very easy to Overclock RAM and CPU to stable speeds.

I installed Windows on Optane with RAID 0 for the HDDs. ROG RAM Cache III Is also running in the background with 12GB RAM set aside to assist RAID.

Cinebench R20 - 4955

I've been dabbling with computers for more than 20 years. I've always custom ordered and did my own maintenance but I never liked the quality and performance of what I was buying. This was the first PC I've ever put together from scratch.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build, but the cable management leaves something to be desired.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Behind I did the best I could. Can't really help some of the power cables as they only just made it(CPU). I tried to cable manage same way that PC Manufacturers have sent custom rigs to me.(Alienware/Dell/HP) In front though, I didn't wanna over stress the water pipes so I tried to bend them as little as possible and have them floating in the center over the ram. I'd rather have Pipes in the way of RGB than water leaks x.x(rip $6k PC) Plus I hate the fact that the GPU has a fixed PWM wire that comes out of the card for the Radiator fans. If that wasn't there that would be one less wire floating in the center of the build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe you can flip the GPU radiator so that the tubes run along the bottom? as opposed to cutting through the space? I totally get not wanting to over-bend the pipes, but bending them a little at a time gently should loosen them up a bit. They're designed to be flexible. Maybe you can get a PWM wire extension and then route it through the back? Still an epic build tho!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know why I hadn't thought of flipping the rad. I got sick literally the day the final part came in so I've been building this with a headache. I'll turn it around tonight or tomorrow and repost a pic.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

**Fixed Radiator position.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hail Optane! Seeing that, I'm not surprised you got the top-end EVGA card too. Hard to say which is the more exorbitant purchase. While my GPU is the restrained FTW3, I doubled down on the Optane sticks for RAID 0 booting & the results are borderline implausible. You seem to be a bit of an extremist, if this is your 1st build, so I'm planting that seed of decadence in your mind. Why not SLI more K|NGP|Ns while you're at it? At this point I can't even tell if I'm being sarcastic. Now who's the jester.

All you have to do now is top this with your 2nd build. No pressure. . . .

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually thinking of doing SLI with a 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid. I could overclock it to match the frequency of the kingpin so I won't be losing anything. I couldn't fit another double sized radiator inside my case so another Kingpin is out of the question. Also...

Umm... I'm done with my second build. My bro needed something too. Once I finished my build we went to the nearest Microcenter and got everything we needed for it. I'll post the specs and some pics soon. I've just been having too much fun stretching out the legs on this thing, tuning the fans for positive pressure, adding UV LED Blacklights to the top + front sections, and stabilizing the other pc as it's been a little unruly. It's 3dMark scores are impressive...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait... RAID0 Optane... Now I'm jealous and have a suggestion for my Bro's build as he has a spare slot for another optane m.2 :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I'm jealous of your proximity to a big computer store. The "Tech Shop" here repairs iPhones & such.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It's almost an Hour drive but if your trying not to wait for delivery it is worth it. Plus after my troubles with a few of my items we didn't want a repeat. Second build is up waiting approval by a moderator.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we get some benchmarks, this thing must be really ******* fast

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been really busy finishing up my second PC build since this has come together. When the new one is stable I'll start the benchmarks. It'll be worth the wait :-)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

First benchmark. Still playing around with the rig. Overclocks super easy and stays pretty chill :) https://youtu.be/_OGEWm7b4no

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderful build! Sucks that you had trouble with the PC case. What can I say...sometimes things get complicated ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be possible to get the i9-9900KF to 5ghz on a Dark Rock Pro 4 air cooler?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had an air cooler in my personal rig since before 2016 so its hard for me to say. Until I ran water, every gaming PC I've had hit 100'c on CPU.

It'll probably boost to 5Ghz no problem but as for running flat x50 on all cores you may need a bit more. My general rule, if your going to force something to run hotter than stock, go at least 240 Rad sized A.I.O. and you'll never have thermal issues. Although...

The Air Cooler my Bro got in a Bestbuy IBuyPower pc was actually not that bad(He got it in 2017). It was a Deepcool air cooler that was smaller than the Dark Rock. It was keeping his (known for heat issues)i7-8700K under control so that is something... but I never checked his clock speeds.

I'd say go for it but have a backup plan. Get the Dark Rock from somewhere that will be easy to return, (I prefer Amazon Prime), and see how it performs. If it doesn't work out return it for an AIO. Given you have the space in the case.

I would recommend https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y3CTQNT this to keep the temps down. If I were to go air at this point with the 9900KF, I would try this guy.