So this was my first build where I actually had a nice chunk of change to throw around. I wanted something that would be powerful enough to game on as well as have high I/O for file transferring. I also needed a GPU that could crack passwords (ethically, of course). Below you will find the part list and any modifications that I have made to them. I will also write a review for each part once I have used this PC for a few months. I know the picture with all of the parts has a very cheap Gigabyte power supply (came free with the purchase of the GPU). I did not actually use it in the build. Had to get a fully modular power supply and a bit more juice. Something to note is that my PC is in my basement where the temps stay about 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of my house. That greatly effects my temps, so bare that in mind.
P.S. Scored 10,436 on Time Spy in 3D Mark. That puts this rig at the top 92%. Not half bad considering I do not have a Core i9 9900K or a 2080 Ti. Enjoy the build.
Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Master
CPU: Intel Core i7 9700k @ 3.6Ghz (OC to 4.9 GHz)
GPU: Gigabyte Aorus Nvidia RTX 2080 Extreme
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB x2 @ 3200Mhz
CPU Cooler: Cougar Helor 240 RGB AiO
Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB M.2 drive x2 (software raid using EZ-RAID)
Case: Cougar Gemini T Glass-Wing
Fans and controller: Cougar Hydraulic Vortex RGB SPB 120 mm PMW HDB (x3)
Power supply: EVGA 750 G3 750W 80+ Gold
This CPU has handled anything that I've thrown at it and I do some pretty CPU intensive things with this build. No need to spend the extra money on the i9 9900K. Truly, save your money and get the 960 EVO Pro NVMe. Temps stay pretty low. I tried pushing it to 5.0 GHz but I did not win the silicon lottery. 4.9 GHz is fine though.
At first I was skeptical about this cooler but after realizing how easy it was to install and how cool my CPU was under high loads, I became a believer. Cougar actually makes decent quality products. It was a bit tricky to get the hoses to bend the way I wanted them to but I got it eventually. Beware, however, if your motherboard is over sized, you may end up rubbing a bit if you install the radiator inside of the case as opposed to the top mounted configuration.
Let me start off by saying that this motherboard exceeded all of my expectations. I had read reviews about the UEFI BIOS face lift that Gigabyte had recently came out with and how clunky it was but I found it easy to use and understand. This MB is very aesthetically pleasing but its best attribute is the hardware it supports. It has 3 M.2 slots and can support up to 64 GB of RAM. Very well manufactured if I say so myself.
G.Skill never disappoints. Memory came clocked at 3200 MHz as advertised. Just made some changes to the BIOS settings to allow it to use its full clock speed and it was off to the races. Planning on getting two more 16 GB sticks in the future. I'll have a server for a PC.
I wanted to get two of the 960 EVO Pro M.2 drives but my build was already too expensive. I'm not throwing shade at the 860 at all, as it transfers files very quickly. Even without the NVMe protocol, I feel like Samsung has truly gotten it right. Wouldn't go with any other manufacturer when it comes to M.2 SSDs.
This card is a work of art. It is not OC but I feel like it doesn't need to be either. I scored over 10K on Time Spy with this build. That puts it at the top 92%. I'm okay with that. The fans stop running when the GPU is idle and a threshold temp is reached. This conserves some of the fans' life as they are not continuously running, so don't be alarmed if the fans are not always spinning. Very cool fan technology with the RGB LEDs right on the fans. By installing RGB Fusion, you can get the fans to output a number of modes and colors. Very well designed.
This case is beautiful. However, it lacks some details on the description that would've been nice to know. The top USB type A and type C ports use two different connectors on the motherboard. I was forced to connect the 2 type A USB ports and cannot use the USB type C port located at on the top of the case. Also, the motherboard is a bit over sized for this case as the bottom of the fan located at the rear of the case rubs against it a bit. All in all though, the case does fit everything else pretty nicely.
Standard power supply. Does the job it is intended to do.
The integration with the case is nice because the RGB is controlled by a small remote controller and you can change the color of your RGB with a literal click of a button. All my fans, the lighting outside of the case, the AiO cooler fans, and the CPU cooler all change with this remote controller. So convenient and smooth.
Decent monitor for the price. I will upgrade when I save up enough money.
This is Corsair's cheapest gaming keyboard. It doesn't feel that way though. This keyboard is functional and very attractive as well. It has 6 macro keys on the left side of the keyboard and has many different modes for the RGB lighting and can be controlled by Corsair's iCue software. All in all, I'm very impressed at the price to quality ratio of this keyboard.
This headset has very nice sound and the auto mute feature when you put the mic in the upright position is nice. Some bad things about this headset are that your ears will start to hurt after a long gaming session (to be fair, most headset manufactures have not figured out how to fix the issue of prolonged comfort) and the headset stopped charging out of the blue (I only had it for 6 months when it started to happen.) I was able to RMA it though because it happened within a year.
What's the point of spending a ton of money on a really good computer build if you're not going to protect it from a power surge? I went way overboard with this but I really wanted something that would handle electrical anomalies with ease and reliable protection. I can run 2 monitors, my rig, a space heater, and my printer for an extended 1hr to 1hr 30mins after my power goes out. I know I won't be able to have internet but if I were to hook my router and modem into this thing, I could still potentially run for a bit with electricity. Def a nice to have item and not a must have though.
DISCLAIMER: Do not buy this mouse if you are a palm gamer. The design of this mouse requires a claw grip hand position.
This mouse is so smooth. The software for configuring the DPI is intuitive and allows you to have 4 different DPI settings that you can cycle through by clicking 2 special buttons on the mouse (essentially you have 2 middle mouse buttons that control the preset DPI configurations). The weight of the mouse is nice and also adjustable (comes with 5 2.5 gram weights).