Description

Finally had the chance to build a gaming PC since 2009. Had the chance to build an HTPC back in 2014 for the family, now I had some funds to get a new gaming computer that will replace a 2009 Alienware Desktop that died.

I didn't have enough money to buy top of the line parts so I went with this picklist. A mix of some good value components and a good CPU.

About six years ago, I bought some GentleTyphoon fans for a build I was going to do but it never materialized. I finally had the chance to use those fans for this build :).

As money is available I will eventually get RGB RAM, more storage and in the future a better GPU. This build does fulfill all my needs so far. I'm currently playing World of Warcraft, CoD MW, and Dauntless. The computer runs them at high settings with no issues at all.

Ultimately, I'm happy with this build. I was able to find good deals between Black Friday and Holiday sales. I didn't run into any issues assembling the system, however, I did have to buy a fan controller for three extra fans I added to the AIO other than that is working great.

Part Reviews

CPU

I was looking for a top of the line processor for gaming and streaming. I've always been an Intel fan so choose this CPU. Paired it with an AIO 360 cooler and its running perfectly. temps are good so far. Goal is to OC it to 5.0Ghz eventually.

CPU Cooler

I was looking for a good value 360 rad AIO for the I9 9900K and this one fit the bill. I have not OC the processor yet but this was bought with OC'ing in mind. The infinity mirror and RGB on the CPU block look cool. It was easy to install and straightforward. I had to buy extra fan screws for push/pull config other than that the cooler is working as intended.

Motherboard

Found this as an open box deal in Amazon and it worked perfectly. I had no issues yet with the mobo. It has plenty of features for muy build; multiple fan headers, RGB zones, OC potential, etc. Was able to enable XMP profile for my memory with no issues.

Memory

Good quality memory for my build, paired it with the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra, once I enabled the XMP profile, the system was running at 3200 with no issues.

Storage

Good M.2 for the price; found it on a black Friday deal. I wanted a boot drive that could hold some games and this one was perfect for the job. Speeds are also good, I can't complain.

Video Card

Needed an RTX card but I didn't want to break the bank for it. I was able to get this card for $404 with tax and it came with a redeem code for CoD Modern Warfare. It was a great buy with the bonus game. The only con is that it was a minimal coil whine, you can barely hear it with the side panel open.

Case

I love this case because of the quality, price, and features it came with. 3 RGB fans, radiator support for the front (up to 360), radiator support on the top of the case (240), PSU shroud, mesh front cover, etc. Build quality was solid, tempered glass side panel is a plus as well.

Power Supply

This power supply was a good buy. The price and features were good. I was looking for a fully modular 750w under $100 80+ gold but couldn't find it. This one, however, was about $110 with the features I was looking for. It powers a 9900k with an RTX 2060 Super.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I've been looking at this CPU cooler for my next build, but there are still things that I've been trying to find out about it. Like how do you change the LEDs on the cooler?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you mean change the colors, the RGB is compatible with your motherboard's proprietary system. In my case, it was compatible with Gigabyte's RGB Fusion. I hooked it up to the RGB header in the mobo and the software was able to recognize it with no issues.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i like this build alot.. has everything you would need to game and stream

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I was on a budget but was able to pick some quality parts; the processor and the board. So far it's working great. Thank you for passing by.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That is a great pick list for a gaming PC. Great job!