I did consider some of the points you made, but ended up with this for a few reasons. By all accounts the real-world difference between 3200 and 3600 RAM is negligible. As for the monitors, I was always planning on having a dual monitor setup (working with two monitors is just so convenient), and I’m not one of those people that sees a noticeable difference with ultra-high frame rates, so for me a 165hz monitor (let alone two of them) would have been overkill. In terms of the CPU and GPU combinations: like another user said in their comment, this is practically a brand new 9900k (with a few extra features) for much less than the price of a 9900k, and the GPU is everything I could’ve asked for at this price point (especially considering that at this point I don’t care too much about ray-tracing).
Anyway, thanks for the feedback!
Yeah, I was initially gonna get the 9700k, but then I realised that this was right around the corner - definitely worth the wait
Thanks man, means a lot!
Thanks! It’s honestly worth the slight premium over similar sized cases: it was so easy to build with, it’s practically tailor made for airflow, and the USB-C socket is just a bonus!
It’s been amazing so far, zero complaints
Thanks! And the desk is actually homemade!
That’s probably true, but I was hellbent on having an Intel-based rig, and 10th Gen was only a week away from when I ordered everything, which meant that I could get a brand new i7 on a new platform with performance that rivals the previous generation i9. As for the GPU, while AMD have had driver issues, the fact that my monitors are FreeSync enabled (plus G-Sync monitors are way more expensive), alongside the price-performance ratio, meant that the 5700xt was, to me, the best choice.
I think I’ll have a go at managing the cables better at some point in the future, though they don’t seem too bad at the moment (I think most of the cable management issues are caused by the fact that I had to use a splitter for the fans, since the motherboard only has 3 system fan headers). And i was never going to shell out £140 for Windows!
And thanks! I love the parts I picked, I don’t think my wallet feels the same, though...
I’ll think about it: at the moment I have the bottom set of fans acting as an intake and the AIO and rear fans as intake, and it seems to work this far. If I have any issues though, I’ll definitely test new fan arrangements
My next purchase will definitely be a desk pad, though I probably have a spare mousepad lying around somewhere