TridentZ RGB was used to test the build while I was finding a RAM deal, that's why it's in some of the pics.
This build all began with a $195 (prices CAD all-in) RX 570 Gaming X off of eBay last September. Originally, the card was not recognized by any official drivers or gaming support and would not boost to advertised spec. I figured it had a mining bios on it still, or maybe a poor re-flash job was done. I claimed most of my money back.
An open box i3 8350K on my local marketplace spurred me into finishing this build, as it was an amazing price and he also sold me the case he was going to use for just $10. I bombed it with some flat black and grey accents. I opted for a mid-range Z390 to ensure future upgradability but nothing extreme for 9900K overclocking. Maybe a 9700K upgrade in a year or two. All said and done, I was able to OC the 8350K to 4.8GHz with ease.
At this point, I decided to flash the bios on the RX 570 as a fix because I now had onboard graphics I could use as a display (my main rig runs a 2600X). I am happy to say that it successfully made the card work properly (for now).
Everything else was sourced used. The condition of the PSU was noteworthy for its age, seemed brand new. A pretty big bargain as the 850W model I have is a solid unit.
The gamer kid I sold it to loves the RGB and is super going to enjoy it playing mainly Apex right now. He wants to get into building so this will give him a very solid platform to start on.
Keep part pickin'
Not the greatest value new currently, nor the highest thread/core count. Definitely an amazing deal for the price I got it for though.
Amazing quality. Amazing value. Do recommend.
At the time of building, this was really the only 'midrange' Z390 board to consider. Not very good at overclocking a 9900K but otherwise feature-packed. Overclocked my non-delided 8350K to 4.8GHz 1.35v with ease.
After re-flashing the bios from a miner it runs like a charm. Sports a very good chip that overclocked well too 1400MHz. Tested OC on the memory and it worked as well. Comes with an 8-pin connector to provide the juice!
Not the greatest RPM range, but they are nice and quiet. Would not be my 1st choice for RGB fans at their current price (I got these in 2017).