Why? Well, my Alienware 17 R3 started having heating issues and started turning off randomly. I'm just tired of losing weeks of work because the laptop felt like turning off. Totally not reliable.
Budget: This started as a low budget build that be just enough to run a few games and run Unreal Engine and Maya. I really got carried away. Plan for 256GB SSD for OS became 500GB +1TB for another SSD. Plan for GTX 1060 became 2070 Super.
The Case: I was torn between Meshify and Mastercase H500. Two 200mm fans in the front for intake caught my eye. Bigger fans = More air with lower RPM = Less noise. So I went for it. Also you can literally hide everything under the power supply shroud and have no obstructions behind of the intake fans. Coolermaster mentions this will fit a 200mm or two 120/140mm fans on the top but their own megaflow 200 fan doesn't fit. Its too thick. At the top, there's space to fit a fan thats not more than 25mm in thickness. Coolermaster's fans are 30mm thick. I ended up getting Aerocool 200mm fan cos its only 20mm thick. I couldn't get a LED-less version of it. It came with blue LEDs that were just plain ugly. I cut the wires to the LEDs to kill the lights and mounted it on top. Also, the screws that came with the Aerocool fans are terrible and didn't fit the holes. I ordered rubber screws and got it mounted. I figure i would've been fine with a couple of 140mm fans but like I said, Bigger fans = More air with lower RPM = Less noise.
Processor: 2700X To be honest, I wanted 3600 so it can unlock PCie 4.0 on all the slots and get more single threaded performance but 2700X came with a pretty sweet deal. $140 for the processor and the cooler. With 3600 I would have to buy another cooler with LED. If you haven't noticed yet, I like RGB!
Heart of the Build: GPU: I wanted something that is not expensive and doesn't feel like a compromise. 2070 Super was perfect with a $499 price tag. Although, taxes and insurance cost me $600. I wanted a Founder's edition card because it looks elite than the other cards in my opinion. Initially, I wanted to mount the GPU vertically. Later on, I learned that if the vertical mounted card is too close to the side panel, it'll choke and performance will suffer. I did not want to take a chance. Not with this case. Maybe, if I got the Phanteks 400A I would have, but not in this case.
Unexpected Surprises: Ryzen came with 1 month of Game Pass which means I get to play Gears 5 and a few other games I missed. It also came with a choice of games. Borderlands 3 or Outer Worlds. I picked Outer Worlds. I heard its so good. 2070 Super came with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I'm not a multiplayer person but I have a feeling I'll like the campaign. My PS4 Pro will rest for a while. (On a totally unrelated note, if you're waiting to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PC, just don't. Unless you got like 8 hours free time everyday for 2 months. When I was a younger, I would have loved it but with a day job now, I'll never be able to finish it. The game is just too long. I gave up when I read that the last mission of the game is a 6-7 hour story arc.)
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