Description

Build is used for Mainly gaming but some CAD use is thrown in from time to time. Planned mods : Cut a meat cleaver design into the front panel and install mesh behind it. 3D Print a meat cleaver embedded in a butchers block to use as gpu brace to reduce sag. Remove drive cages and cut a slot through the PSU shroud to allow another fan to be installed up front for added ventilation. I am toying with the idea of painting the GPU shroud with some sort of design but I'm not sure if it is really needed. Pictures will be added as mods progress. Some of these pictures were taken with my old 1070Ti installed while the 2070 Super was on back order. Cable management has been cleaned up since the pictures have been taken but won't be finalized until mods are complete. Build has way more RGB than I usually use but most of it will be turned off or dimmed. Lights were left on in the pictures so anyone thinking about getting these parts can get an idea of everything brightness.

Part Reviews

CPU

IGPU was not needed so this was the perfect choice. Hold 5Ghz all cores with 1.3V and medium load line calibration.

CPU Cooler

I am pleasantly surprised with how well this cooled the 9900K. CPU hits 68C after 6 hours of Intel Extreme Stress test and 86C after 8 hours of Prime 95 with AVX enabled. Pump is ran at max speed with a fairly aggressive fan curve to achieve this result though. Even at max fan speed this cooler is fairly quiet and if you use headphone you won't be able to hear it.

Motherboard

Great board for the 9900k with more features than I really need but it is nice to have options. Originally ordered an Asrock board but even with direct airflow the VRMs were throttling at stock speed so I got this as a replacement. Power delivery is excellent and the CPU holds 5Ghz all core at 1.3V and medium load line calibration without any issues. I highly recommend this board for anyone looking for something to set their 9900k into.

Memory

Doesn't break the bank and it runs at advertised speeds so I have no complaints.

Storage

Lots of space and I can't tell the difference between this and my old Samsung 970 Pro in normal use.

Video Card

This thing is T H I C C but that is an excellent thing. Just be warned if you have a smaller case this thing will eat up a lot of space. Holds a +100 on the core and +500 on the memory without issue and with a slightly more agressive fan curve than stock only hits 63C.

Case

About as perfect as you can get at this price point. Decent airflow through the front panel. Space for plenty of fans. Great cable management options. PSU shroud with ample space. Tempered glass and plenty of space for components. Only thing it is really missing is rubber grommets on the cable cut outs but at this price that is a minor complaint.

Power Supply

Provides plenty of power and is from a trusted brand. Wish we could do away with having molex connectors on stuff though.

Operating System

Its windows 10.

Case Fan

I bought these fans for their specs and the price but the RGB was a nice added bonus. They come with a fan hub with space for 4 fans and it has adhesive on the back to attach to your case. I use them at about 50% speed and while audible without headphones they are not too loud and they move quite a bit of air. Hard to go wrong at this price point.

Monitor

I have been using this monitor for about 3 years now and it still works great. Colors needed quite a bit of adjustment out of the box but once dialed in everything looks fine.

Keyboard

My wife got this as a christmas present for me a few years back and I really like it. Key strokes are loud but with my headset on it is not an issue. Build quality is solid and the lights work great.

Mouse

Best mouse I have ever owned. I mainly play FPS games though so the 2 buttons on the side are the only extra ones I really need. For MMO games you might want to look into something with a couple more buttons.

Headphones

Owned for 7 years but they finally started to die a couple months ago. Replaced with Hyper X headset. The new one wasn't on the PCPP list so I just put these.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

p350x and rf120s are really nice.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ya they are hard to beat for the price!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You really had to rotate the pump? Makes me sad... Nice build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ya it had to much pressure on it when it was sitting in the correct orientation unfortunately.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Just built my own rig with the 350x and the 9900KF as well! Curious to see what your max overclock is, since I've heard better clocks are possible on the F model as the regular K SKUs are being binned for the release of the KS in October.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I had it at 5.2 last night but only had time for about 50 minutes of stress testing and it was getting hot. Probably will be thermally limited unless I bump up to a 360mm rad. Realistically though anything much above 5Ghz will be unnoticeable for most uses. Maybe later down the line I will push it as far as I can but I turned it back to 5Ghz before bed and that's were it will stay for a while. How high did you get your 9900KF?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I was also able to reach 5.2, but it required a lot of minute voltage adjustments to be stable reliably. Most of the time I run 5 or 5.1 unless I'm running my rad fans at 100%. I'm also using a front mounted 240 mm AIO, for reference. I've been toying with the idea of running a custom loop for additional cooling since I've heard you can actually mount a 120 rad at the rear and up to a 280 at the front of the case, but that wouldn't really give me anything except bragging rights haha

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not a huge amount of space for a custom loop but its possible. Im thinking about modding the front panel and PSU shroud so I can fit a 360mm rad and then opening up the front panel a bit more with a dremel once I settle on a design.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice job not wasting money on integrated graphics.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, no sense in paying for a feature I will never use.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Right?? If you are going to spend so much money on a CPU, might as well get a good GPU.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ya, Only time integrated graphics would be nice is if you had to troubleshoot the graphics card but I have access to multiple cards so not really needed for me.