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Coffee Lake 2019

by yanr163



Date Published

Jan. 4, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz


Upgrade from my previous 2500k system and monitor to 1440p. Prices in build are after tax (and before other promotions, eBay bucks, ebates, etc.)

Build Log:

The H100i v2 was initially mounted as intake at the front, but the monstrous size of the 2070 meant moving the radiator to the top (drawing air in as intake).

Spent hours trying to install Windows on to the NVME drive; motherboard would POST, but just went to a blank screen with no way to get into BIOS with the NVME drive installed. I ultimately installed windows onto the 860 SATA SSD, which allowed me to boot, then reinstalled Windows onto the 960EVO. Not sure what the problem was in the end, I suspect it had to do with UEFI partitions and how it booted into my Window USB stick during the first install?

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Very simple to install, reasonably quiet. Idle temperatures of 4-5 degrees C above ambient, 60C on Prime 95 for my stock 9700k. We'll see how it holds up when I overclock in the future. Tubing is quite stiff; so may not work well for very small cases. The pump head can be mounted in any orientation although the corsair logo may be upside down.


My first foray into high refresh rate monitors with adaptive sync technology. Huge step up from my 23" TN 60 Hz panel. There is IPS glow and some back-light bleed at the corners. Yes, both. It's really only noticeable during loading screens when the screen is mostly black. Can't beat the viewing angles of the IPS panel. The glowing ASUS logo can be turned off for a more professional look. -1 star for the BLB.

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Gom3su 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Dude, i had the same problem, dont know if u can see my build on my profile, but the thing is, i have a maximus x formula, and it show the codes when booting on a small monitor, i was have a code error named a2, ( after build the pc and turning on for the 1st time) all lights fans etc worked, but no image to get in bios.. how i fixed? I used 2 seperated cables to power the GPU. Mine is a 2080 ti. I guess you have 1 cable only and you use it extension pins right? Try to use individual cables to power the GPU. Thats how i fixed mine. And was able to install windows in the 970 evo

Batlefield 1 point 1 month ago

I always heard if their are 2 sets of pins to the GPU, whether 8 n 6, or 8 n 8 pins; use 2 separate GPU cables.

yanr163 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Interestingly I don't think that was the problem for me. My RTX2070 was a bit delayed in the mail so I went ahead with the rest of the build with the intention of installing the GPU once I picked it up. First boot into BIOS and Windows USB on the integrated GPU didn't have any issues at all, and it only became a problem after the first reboot after the Windows 10 installation to complete the set up.

I put in the 970 from my old computer to see if things were better with an external GPU. I installed windows to the SATA SSD with the GTX970, then swapped it out for the 2070 once it arrived.

To be honest I was trying too many confounding things at once since it was frustrating now having it work haha. There have been many changes in technology since my last build in 2011 (M.2 NVME drives, integrated GPU which my P67 board didn't have, UEFI, AIO liquid cooling, Windows 10, G-Sync)

Gom3su 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yea, could be a thousand things. You maked it work so thats whats important!

Jesse80ti 1 point 1 month ago

Did u remember to install Nvme drivers from samsung site's?

KalasLavas 1 point 1 month ago

Good build, but I think 9700k is overkill for rtx 2070.

yanr163 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Valid point; I may have been biased in how much longevity I got from my 2500k (with some buyers remorse at not going with the 2600k/2700k back in the day), that I just went for the i7.

I know it's impossible to 'future-proof' but my goal is to repeat what I did with my last system, i.e. a 4 year upgrade cycle the GPU, and 8 for the CPU.

My Sandy Bridge 2500k build initially had an AMD HD6850 in 2011, upgraded to the GTX970 (pictured) in 2015.

Mistatilly 1 point 1 month ago

You spent $2600+ and not get the 2080 instead of that 70? Smh.

yanr163 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Fair point; in Canada the 2080 goes for >$1100 vs $650 for the 2070. I think of it more as I going overboard with the 9700k rather than going a bit underpowered for the GPU.

Jesse80ti 1 point 1 month ago

Well i think the 2070 would be just fine :D

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