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To RGB or not to RGB, What would Gaben do?

by Arcadiazero



Date Published

March 4, 2019

Date Built

March 2, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

19.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

47.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Just built this machine which is so packed with PC parts I cant even close the case with my tempered glass panel :(

Got any questions? AMA :)

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Laforet 1 Build 7 points 1 month ago

What are your hopes and dreams?

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Laforet 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

Hey man, he said ama.

Laforet 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

I'm curious what your use case is just because of the amount of RAM you choose.

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Gaming and gaming and more gaming! I might upgrade to 32/64GB later though.

Laforet 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, I was thinking it has to be that cuz that’s a lot of cores for 16GB.

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Battlefield is only using 1729.3 MB of ram currently. If turn off raytracing I get 137 fps ez.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds -3 points 1 month ago

Please don't lmao 32gb is a waste of your money and time.

mox 3 points 1 month ago

Coming from a PC hardware design background and about 20 years of Windows background I'd say there are definitely use cases for having a lot of memory. For example non-power users get the benefit of better windows buffering. Easiest to understand example is if you copied a large video file from one HD to another across the network, you see the file transfer fast at first, then slower. That slower part is Windows switching from memory to disk because you didn't have enough memory to buffer. And this occurs all the time with some use cases being noticeable, others not.

Power users can really have some fun. Setting up a ramdrive is very easy these days and has huge payoffs.

Some specific things I do... I play Forged Alliance Forever with family. Maps for that game are made up of thousands of little files, and of course as you know you get horrible drive performance with little files. On a normal computer parsing the files can take a long time. Instead on my pc, I load the 50 GB image into a ramdrive and it's much faster.

Coding is similar. When you compile your reading a million tiny files which can take awhile. And if you are doing a lot of tweaking it's a drag. So I put visual studio and my files on my ram drive, and have visual studio just dump the changed files to my nvme.

Load times for ramdrive images goes pretty fast because their made up of one large file. And this load time can be done at the start of my session when I'm not sitting there waiting for it like you are every time you create a new game or hit compile. And I'm also not wasting my family's time, which is very important as we're all busy adults with limited gaming time.

I totally get the intention of warning a person that real world performance for their use case might not benefit from extra memory but I would caution against blanket statements.

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Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

But does minesweeper have raytracing tho? Currently playing BFV @ 80 fps max and it really doesn't look that much better tbh lol

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Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Sli doesn't work out the box for BFV with raytracing on. My second gpu is idling at 30c right now while the main one is running 2010mhz @ 67C

The fps counter is fluctuating from 100 - 65 fps Gsync enabled

bobbysix 3 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Concerning the fans right under the GPU - I've heard that this isn't the best for cooling the GPU as it causes more turbulence? Not sure if this is true or not.

3Prcntr 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

not true. keep the rpm's enough to simply push air (only since they are so close to the GPU though) and remove the recirculation that non blower style GPU's create forcing air up and back. I personally would not use this case for that reason though. Terrible air flow design.

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I'm currently testing out that theory atm, I haven't found any issues with it so far but that's due to the ROG NVLink bridge sticking out from the case. I gotta find another 4 slot bridge that isn't thicc like this one.

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Zerahero 2 points 1 month ago

Love the tiny little fans :) +1

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Me too! They move so much air for the size!

Big_Pimpin 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago


xujan 2 points 1 month ago

dont rgb this until you do a custom loop. its a nice build

plus one for mobo

Callum2812 2 points 1 month ago

All this money on parts but not even cable mod cables...

3Prcntr 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Performance > appearance.

Callum2812 3 points 1 month ago

Look at the title of this, the pictures, the price, and then tell me that again

3Prcntr 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Performance = appearance. Pretty impossible to build a high dollar "gaming" rig now days without it having a bunch of flare. When most things just come with RGB capable components, unless you turn them off or purposely avoid them, you are going to get the appearance they are marketing for. That is why they label everything "gaming" instead of "computing". It's arcade-ish. Plus, they did not go out of their way to make it RGB, it came with it. The AIO, the GPU's. All they did was add a light strip that probably cost $40... They avoided RGB RAM, and fans, the mobo does not have some stylish light bar, etc etc... I would say this builder was more focused on performance since they SLI 2 2080ti's, have a 10 core cpu, a 1600 watt psu... The looks just come with these products now days. A full RGBtard spends $200+ on fans alone for a 2k build, plus extra for things labeled "gaming". Not the same thing here. Pretty standard parts with a lot of monitors, a high dollar cpu, SLI, and a high dollar PSU.

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3Prcntr 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I agree. However, most these parts are just simple plug and play that give you the look with it. 2 gaming gpu's with RGB, 3 monitors, the AIO. It's not like this person overspent on adding flare, it pretty much just came with it. Even their fans are not RGB. They are great fans. The builder clearly had performance in mind first and it was naturally followed by appearance. Unless you are just lazy, you can make a $500 build look good too. Plus, there are TONS of examples of people spending more on RGB RAM than their cpu costs with their GPU costs... Some people, amiright?

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I have custom cable extensions, but I realized the supernova 1600 T2 took most of the space. So two sets of cables wasn't gonna fit in this case. I will be ordering a cable kit shortly though :)

teenygymnast225 2 points 1 month ago

great build you should save up for a 5 pack of corsair rgb fans for like 100$ and then gen some custom power cables it will really complete the build

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great suggestion, but I really was looking to have a blackout build but with an option to turn on rgb when needed (I usually have all of the lights off in the daytime). Stay tuned though, cause this isn't her FINAL FORM :)

teenygymnast225 1 point 1 month ago

cant wait to see

snipejax 2 points 1 month ago

What made you go with the PG348Q over monitors like the Dell AW3418DW or the Acer Predator X34P? I think you would definitely see a benefit from the higher refresh rate seeing as you have two 2080 Ti's in NVLink. Also I'm curious why you shirked a little bit on the memory. For not too much more you could have gotten quad channel 4x8 memory at half the $/GB. Even the same series, there are Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x8 quad channel kits for $238.99, which is cheaper than the two dual channel kits you got.

snipejax 1 point 1 month ago

I threw together a partlist following along with they key parts in your build. This saves about $200 while also improving many things such as quadrupling the amount of ram, and doubling the storage, both SSD and HDD. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FmXYFt

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I appreciate your input. There were alot of factors on why I have the current build. Ram was moved over from 3 previous builds: 6700k/8086k/9900k and they work perfectly great. However, I am definitely thinking about upgrading to a 32gb kit of either the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB or the Vengance pro led rgb. 16gb is still plenty as I'm only just using the machine for benchmarking/gaming/casual media consumption. The 2080 tis I got a extremely good deal to not ignore brand new and the X299 Dark is still the best board in the market and there is no other that tops it for the most part as this board was intended for heavy overclocking.

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great questions, I've had the PG348Q for awhile now and decided to just add more monitors to compliment my build. They are all mounted on monitor arms and are used for different purposes. I DO intend to upgrade to the upcoming 49in ROG super ultrawide from Asus (waiting for a review) or wait for a true HDR 4k 144hz monitor. As for the memory, I just simply moved them over from my older i9 9900k build. At the moment I don't see the point in upgrading other than aesthetics, I do have my eye on some silver gskill royals/new corsair dominators/vengance pro led.

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duvaljoker904 2 points 1 month ago

Mixing the X299 Dark and RGB. Living dangerously on the edge I see?

You either get attacked by the "Non RGB" fanbase for mixing Dark with RGB, or attacked by the "RGB Community" for not maximizing the unicorn barf.

Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Haha! I welcome it all! #roastme

Aaditya1203 1 point 1 month ago

4 monitors..niicee

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

WOW! +1

subtlexgaming 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You could have got bigger screens and more GPU power!

thangazzz 1 point 1 month ago

is 1600w psu overkill? just curious

Blvck141 1 point 1 month ago

Hey what configuration are you using for your radiator and fans on the top?

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Did you replace the stock dust filters on the O11 Air? The stock ones restrict too much airflow. Replacing them with Silverstone Ultra Fine dust filters may be something to improve airflow.

Dreadvolt 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

Trying to figure out how I can build one of these without needing a divorce attorney.

Sick build.

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Arcadiazero submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I actually don't thankfully. I actually use the top ultrawide monitor for web browsing and the center for most of my pc gaming. The side monitor is really for consoles, youtube, and netflix since it does freesync/hdr /4k.

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