Description

Intro:

Well, this was a journey. This is my first ever PC build, upgrading from an MSI PE60 6QE laptop (GTX 960M and a 6700HQ, 16gb RAM, 1tb SSD etc...), and is primarily a gaming and streaming machine, with light vid/photo editing on the side.

The whole point of this PC was to be an absolutely insane first build, and I think I achieved that. After years of watching JayzTwoCents, LTT and Bitwit, I felt I finally had the knowledge (and the money) to do this thing.

Part Selection:

So, as for parts selections, sure you could go for a 9900k, and get the 8 extra threads, but with the price of that chip as of when I was buying my compnents, and the fact that those other threads will basically never get to stretch their legs for my use case, I'm happy with my CPU selection. The 2tb SSD was a bargain on sale, as was the 32gb of RAM, otherwise, probably wouldn't recommend this route for a solely gaming PC.
The case is purely subjective, but I love the look of this particluar case. If I was to change anything, I think I would have used a slightly better PSU - but then 80+ Gold at 1000W is fine for me, I suppose. The monitor was one of the most challenging parts to decide on, but in the end, I went for the Dell AW3418DW, because of its outstanding build quality (I can confirm this), amazing looks (this also), and it's incredible 3440x1440 resolution, at 120Hz (overclocked), with a 4ms response time, all with G-Sync. I can't tell you how amazing this thing is, and honestly, for a gamer who values eye-candy over raw frames (unpopular opinion, I know), this is a real treat. It's also the perfect pairing for my 2080 Ti, which can push over 100 frames on average on basically ever game I've tried, with effectively maxed out settings. Metro: Last Light plays at over 130fps on average (completing the benchmark, at least, with 136fps), dropping to 75 with SSAA on.

Issues with the build:

As this was a first-time build, some things did go wrong, but overall, the build did go pretty smooth, if I'm honest. The only fearful part was mounting the CPU (as I've never done this before - I didn't know you had to put that much pressure on the lever). Oh, and there was one other problem, at fault of MSI and their MEG ACE board: the Frozr shielded M.2 SSD mount had a mounting screw made for 2260 sized SSDs, when the WD Black is a 2280. You'd think getting this out would be an easy matter - it wasn't. 40 minutes, pliers and having to take the actual M.2 mounting plate off of the motherboard later, and I finally had the screw off. Be warned about this, could have just been a bad batch, may not have been. It's not in any reviews, but like I said, just my experience. Another problem was the fact that my Reservoir I had upgraded to was just too large; I didn't want to use the smaller one (it would have looked COMICAL in this big of a case. So, I had to get creative, mounting the pump/base to a slider for on of the sliding cable-covers, and actually dremelling a hole in the top Rad Mounting bracket to route a fill port. Bit sketchy, but seems to have worked marvellously. An additional note for water cooling is I initially used the outlet on the CPU block as the inlet (I know right?), but that wasn't too much bother, as I was running the loop with distilled water at that point anyway, and had to disassemble the loop to fully drain it anyway. An easy fix, with only one more tube to bend. Finally, I did have a dodgy LED in one of the fans - this was replaced and now works perfectly. As luck had it, it was the rear exhaust, so was the easiest to remove.

Overclocking:

I managed a stable 5.2GHz across the first four cores, with the other four at 5.1. I'm honestly not sure if that's too good, and any help/tips on overclocking would be greatly appreciated. This was achieved at 1.42V, with temperatures staying mid 80s at worst; around 76 average. For 24/7 I am using 5.0 OC at 1.31V. The previous numbers were for testing purposes only, with fans and pump at 100%. As for the GPU, though 2080 Ti's are notoriously sketchy overclockers, I did manage 2160MHz on the core, with a 8000MHz on the memory. That's +165 and +1000 respectively, for my particular card.

3D Mark Time Spy - 13,629 Graphics - 15,026 CPU - 8,945

Firestrike - 27,753 Graphics - 35,932 Physics - 20,736 Combined - 12,627

So that's it. All in all, I'm overjoyed with how well this came out. I'm completely in love with my new PC. It's the best gaming experience I've ever had, and I can't wait to build my next one in the future.

Additional Notes

I will be substituing my Rival 500 for a Razer Mamba Elite (or Hyperflux - we'll see); I'm only using the Rival because I had it from my previous setup with my laptop.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very nice build! Good job! How's that 2080 Ti handling? And as a name suggestion, how about Voltage? Edit: Could do some on the cable management in the back, but as long as it functions and its covered, it works!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the cable management is a bit of a work-in-progress that'll probably never progress, if I'm honest. 7 RGB fans and such... Not easy to manage lightly aha. But, I figured if I'm showing off the build, best show it at its best and worst ;)

And thank you! That's nice of you to say so. I like Voltage. I'll mull it over and we'll see. :)

The 2080 Ti is magnificent, if I'm honest. Expensive, but, in my opinion, worth it. It tears through games, and stays under 50C with the custom loop. Just trying to squeeze some more OC out of it as I'm typing this. It's factory OC'd to a 1755 boost, but looking like a +170 manually. I'll keep the post updated. :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I'm planning on going from my feeble Radeon 480 to 1080 Ti, with a (very slight) processor bump. Those fans are great as well, I'm planning to do some aRGB with my next build. Thanks for the name consideration as well! Happy PC Building! Edit: God I wish I had money for a custom loop, that looks so great in that tower.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, 5v is the way to go - the only 12V RGB piece in my PC is the reservoir. The 1080 Ti is fantastic - like I said, I went from a 960M to a 2080 Ti - a 480 is a little less... ridiculous haha. Your welcome, and thank you again!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, as a question, I'm planning on getting a new mouse for my more competitive gaming, so how are steelseries mice? I was planning to go Rival 650 for wireless, but wasn't sure if I should just stick with a Rival 600 for, you know, less cost. But I may even downgrade that for something like a Rival 500, since I don't technically need the liftoff sensor of the R600 and R650. Depending on the games you play, how does that handle? (Even if you're switching mice) (As a note, I already have my keyboard) Edit: If it helps on the laptop situation, I have a laptop that I've been forced to use for the last few years because we haven't had internet (and won't till the 15th). The laptop has a 600m, I believe. And for games that I play (Rainbow Six: Siege) it gets about 2 FPS.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The R600 and 650 are both absolutely stunning mice, and I've never been let down by SteelSeries. I had a Sensei 310 for a while before my R500, and a Kinzu V2 before that. As for the R500, it is insane in terms of workflow. I think I'm going to have to get a dedicated macro keyboard, just to replace it. 15 buttons? Yes please. I can select all, copy OR cut, paste and enter, all without even touching my keybopard, or the right mouse button. It is brilliant. However, it is quite heavy, and if you play Rainbow Six, the lighter R600 might be a better option. I would PERSONALLY go for the 650, just because I'm a sucker for the newest, shiniest tech. I'm itching to buy the Mamba Hyperflux from Razer, but it is a lot of money. I guess it comes down to whether or not you're willing to spend over £100 on a mouse. That's an answer only you can reach. As far as DPI and sensor tech, they're both outstanding (as is the R500, to be honest), but yeah. You do you. :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Gerald

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that’s a lame name. Lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

mark

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that's a lame name. Lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

arnold

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that's a lame name. Lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Custom loop. First time?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, haha. First PC build, thought I'd push the boat out. It isn't perfect, but looks fantastic and is more than functional, so I count it as a success. XD

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I would go for mystique , because if msi's mystic light and the whole black mixed with bright color theme.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooo, I quite like that! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

1.45v is pretty high voltage

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you're right. I only used that voltage and clock for my benchmarking ;) Now down to 5.0GHz at 1.33V on adaptive. Still tweaking, but that's looking like a nice, stable number.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like your keyboard? I'm in the market for a new one.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The keyboard is honestly amazing. However, this is my first mechanical keyboard anyway, so I'm going to say that, aren't I? ;)

But yeah, I would highly recommend it. Only issue is the Razer Synapse 3 software is... Tempremental sometimes. Doesn't automatically change the lighting on my keyboard, for example, forcing me to close it all down in task manager, and reload it. This is still in Beta though, so will hopefully be fixed soon enough. Other than that, it's amazing. :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I am in the middle of my own build and just got the Alienware Ultrawide as well. I know I want the Evolv X and I see you got the silver color. How closely does this match? I am torn between getting the silver or gray case to try and match the monitor. Your perspective is appreciated!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, there! That’s a fine *** monitor you got there. ;) I would personally say that the colour of the aluminium on both are quite different if I’m honest. But, it most certainly does not look out of place. The AW3418DW’s colour is almost a black chrome-esque, whereas the brushed aluminium of the Evolv X is far more natural and bright. In a dark room they are more similar, but even in the light they look absolutely stunning together. Also, the futuristic astrheic of the monitor really matches the chassis perfectly. That’s my two cents anyway. :))

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't spam.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

not spamming but ok

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! And I'll bare that in mind... I like the sound of that too. :)

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