Build Date : 22MAR2019
Build Name : Fumei
Named by me because the client couldn't come up with a name and I am a weeb, so I used the Japanese word for "unknown".
Client contacted me after being recommended by a previous client of mine. He had a budget of about $1000 but didn't want to spend all of it if he didn't have to. In addition to solid 1080p performance, he wanted it to be up-gradable and RGB.
The customer is coming from console gaming/light PC gaming on a laptop.His only intent currently is gaming. However, he wanted something he could upgrade later if he wanted.
The stock cooler would have certainly been fine, but for $24, why not? It improved aesthetics and besides, who likes a warm CPU?
So you're wondering wHy Z390 BoArD wItH nOn-K SkU? Four reasons.
- Z390 guaranteed BIOS wouldn't need updated for 9-series CPUs
- Customer might want to upgrade to a 9700K/9900K in the near-future
- Combo deal on Newegg reduced it's price down into within $5 of the nicer B360M boards.
- Finding a B360/H370 with an ADDR RGB header was in Z390 price territory anyways.
Intel isn't super picky about RAM nor does it scale like Ryzen, so I didn't spend too much time on this. I just used the parametric filter from one the Modest Intel Gaming Build.
If you've followed my builds or recommendations on the forums, you know that I am in a committed long term relationship with the Crucial MX500. <3
Opened up the GPU tab and clicked on 1660 Ti and picked the lowest cost one which worked out because I am a big fan of Zotac branded GPUs.
This was the hardest part of the build. I sent a bunch of photos of different styles of RGB fans/cases/etc to the client to try and gauge what he wanted. I spent about 2 hours looking around at different cases/fan/light combinations and the CM MB530P seemed like the best deal for a 3 sided tempered glass with 3 ARGB fans already installed. Time well spent because the client seemed very happy with it.
Once again, I just used the parametric filter from the build guide. With a 9400F and 1660 Ti, you're looking at about 225W peak gaming which is 50% load which is the perfect for peak efficiency and longevity of the unit.
Plan on spending a few extra minutes for cable management with this case as the back panel is glass and will put your rats nest on display otherwise. However, with the help of a removable panel and some patience, it's not that big of a deal and ends up looking pretty sick.
I did take my DSLR to his apartment but I was sort of in a rush to get out of the there so I could get Taco Bell before my wife got off work and tried to convince me to eat something else. Also, as I've said over and over before, I don't like to whip out a camera in someone's home that I am not very close with, so I snapped a few photos when I could and then put it away. With that being said, some of the photos were sent to me from the client from his IPhone.
I built this in about 50 minutes and it turned out pretty much how I envisioned. I do wish that I had built this in my workshop so that I could have spent more time taking photos as it really did turn out pretty nice, especially considering the price compared to other RGB builds of equal performance.
As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.
Thanks for reading!