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Mid-Upper Tier Build

by aas713



Date Published

Nov. 18, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.493 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz


I've been wanting to upgrade my old computer setup for a while and got to a point where I had the ability to do so. I tried to research components and things the best I could and asked plenty of questions on /r/buildapc which helped out a lot. To be honest some of my component decisions were based on aesthetics and not purely the best performance for price. I wanted to make a clean looking build and feel like I succeeded, however I didn't take pictures of the back of the case so you'll have to trust me when I say I managed the cables back there. I also had some high quality materials available to me to build some of my own PSU cables which I did for the 24 pin motherboard cable, CPU cable. and GPU cable. I reused capacitors that came with the stock psu cables and I also did all of the splices/splits/crimps/stripping/sleeving/etc. I'm happy with how everything turned out, and I especially like my new ultrawide monitor. I haven't bought the UPS yet, but probably will do so soon to ensure everything is protected. Let me know what you think!

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Vairfoley 29 Builds 5 points 4 months ago

I'd say this is pretty high tier, haha. Not many other components can beat a 9700K and a 1080 Ti.

Great build!

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago


nonoesimposible 2 points 4 months ago

The roof in the first picture looks pretty low. Does it ever interfere with you?

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Nope, it's a bunk bed haha

Qeory 2 points 4 months ago

I love the vertical mounted GPU!


aas713 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago


Kaim4869_K_1 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I assume you are using aura sync for your case, because recently aura sync stopped working on my case (which is the exactly the same as your case) while still working on other parts.

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I am using Aura sync, which seems a little buggy, but I'm using the argb headers on my motherboard and don't expect aura sync to stop working with my fans. Maybe you have a bad header or something?

r4ndom 2 points 4 months ago

Hey, may I ask how you're plugging in 4 case fans and 2 liquid cooling argb fans to you motherboard and making it all sync up? Isnt there only one header?

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

I am using a 360mm radiator that came with three fans and a 5-way argb splitter and 3 case fans with a 3-way splitter which was included with my case. I have a argb strip, the pump lights, and the 3 front fans on the 5-way splitter which uses one argb header, and the other splitter with the case fans is on the second argb header on my motherboard.

KendallSilver 1 point 1 month ago

I'm building a pc with many of the same components and I have a question about the ARGB setup you have running through Asus Aura. You said you are just using the splitters and the 2 headers on your board, but did you ever experiment with the included controller that came with the CM radiator?

R96Y 1 point 3 months ago

Cool build! I'm curious regarding your CPU choice though... I personally would have spent the extra for the i9 9900k or less for the i7 8700k. What was your reasoning behind that decision?

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Well the price of the 9700k was right in the range of my budget, and to me it seemed like people weren't too happy with the price vs. performance of the 9900k. I also don't really need hyper threading, so I just decided to go with the 9700k since it seems like it'd be slightly better for gaming than the 8700k. I also had an i5 for my last build, thought the i9 might have been a little too overkill, and I also already got the z390 motherboard so I wanted to get a 9th gen cpu

nurpp- 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Great looking build! I was just wondering how the motherboard was doing especially because of those controversial 4-phase VRMs. I was looking to get that motherboard for myself but I'm still on the fence because I don't know whether the VRM situation is a deal-breaker for me or not. Has it affected you at all?

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I haven't gotten very in depth with overclocking my CPU yet, I've been lazy and tried using the ai suite 3 software to that comes with the motherboard to OC and have gotten mixed results. The software tried overclocking to 5.2 GHz and I was getting bsod's. I currently have the processor running at 4.9 GHz which seems to be stable after running it there for a while. Honestly I didn't even fully research the VRM situation, I'm not well versed on it and am only using the 8 pin connector to deliver power since my psu only came with the 4+4 psu cables. I wasn't certain if I should just plug in half of one of those 4+4's to the extra 4 pin cpu power connector on the mobo and figured just the 8 pin should be good. All my temps seem well and everything seems to be running alright though! Sorry if I didn't answer your question.

w3lmatatan 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I notice in your pics, you have an extra ARGB fan? Did that come with the case, or you sourced that yourself?

w3lmatatan 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Disregard my last question, I just realized what you did. You used the ML360 with its radiator and RGB fans, and repurposed the three builtin case fans to put 2 at the top and replace the non RGB fan with the third one

AJHorfilla88 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

what a beauty.

w3lmatatan 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Hey aas713, I just recently finished my build that was partly inspired by your current build. The only difference is that I went all-AMD on my build. I even managed to work a nice 34" 3440x1440 100Hz ultrawide into my budget that's FreeSync friendly. You should check it out. I'm debating getting the ML360R to gain the three extra ARGB fans or just getting the MF120R 3in1 pack which will still give me a RGB'd out setup, minus the liquid cooling.

Saravuth 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Really wanna see u custom loop this set up. specially for the case.

jasoncross1357 1 point 1 month ago

Are you able to control the rgb power button in Aura sync? Do you have to connect the power button to the argb header on the motherboard?

iamdicc 0 points 4 months ago

U call this mid up tier?

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Well I was considering like a 9900k, dual SLI 2080ti's, 64gb ram upper tier

Nick.123 0 points 4 months ago

No for it to be upper tier it has to 128 gb ram, a 32 core threadripper or a 18 core i9, and two quadros and it has to cost most than you make in a year.

aas713 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I want to see what someone would use a rig like that for XD

Nick.123 1 point 3 months ago


lumaster101 1 point 14 days ago