Description

The Black Box is a liquid-cooled gaming computer designed for high resolution and super-high refresh rate gaming.

This build is designed around an 8-core i9 9900K processor and SLI RTX 2080Ti 11GB video cards.

Hardware Selection Reasons

´╗┐Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

I chose this processor for the high overall performance, and superior performance in gaming. As we were using 2 RTX 2080Tis, we needed a CPU that was powerful enough to effectively drive them.

While Ryzen 3000 does have a more attractive ratio between speed, threads, and price, John wanted something that was well-known and would do well across the board. John understood that needing more CPU threads down the road would require a new motherboard as well.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro RGB

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of water. While air is more reliable, water cools better and runs quieter. This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. John agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability of high-end water coolers.

Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero WiFi

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility, long-term power, visual theme, and robust design. Asus is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers. John agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: GSkill Trident Z RGB 2x16GB DDR4-3000

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design. GSkill is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers. John wanted 32GB of memory for long-term gaming use, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When The Black Box was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model for overall storage. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers. John understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): SLI RTX 2080Ti 11GB Founders Edition

John had already purchased these GPUs.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1000

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability. John wanted a gaming computer that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: NZXT H700 Black/Black

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, visual theme, and long-term stability. John wanted a gaming computer that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 7x Corsair ML120 Pro RGB

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, controllable RGB theme, low-noise operation, and long-term stability. John wanted a gaming computer that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely insane build! Enjoy!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Client sure does :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Insane I love it

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like you have different gpus in the parts list.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! That's been updated now.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries, great looking build btw!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks sick, the only thing I would change is maybe the case so I could see the fans through the front, other that that it's perfect

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the client specifically wanted that case. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Jesus what thermals do you get

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU runs pretty good, bottom GPU runs decent (though a tad hot in Furmark). Top GPU runs about 10C hotter than bottom, throttles around 90C.

I would have preferred dual hybrid GPUs, but the client had purchased the GPUs before contacting me. Also, if SLI isn't supported by the game, the top GPU runs fine.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate! Awesome build. Quick Question: Can you customized the LED on NVLink Bridge? Or is it static green?

Cheers!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Not entirely sure, haha. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What are temps like for the GPU