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So coming in to this build I pretty much knew what I wanted. Near "no compromises" build, yet having an air cooler and a good looking chassis. I still don't think that an AIO liquid cooler is worth it, other than for looks.

The Dark Rock Pro 4 keeps the 9900k at @ 4.8GHz (1.248 V) below 80 degrees Celsius when gaming. And this thing is a beast to cool I gotta say.

The last time I had a Gainward graphics card was around 10-15 years ago, and I have no regrets getting the Gainward Phoenix GS 2080Ti as my GPU. It's a wonderful card, with boosts hitting almost 1900Mhz for the core at default clock speeds. The card stays cool too at low 70's Celsius in heavy gaming.

Main reason for this PC was the desire to build a computer, I've upgraded once every 3 years, and the ability to play newest AAA-titles at 4K 60fps on my 4K TV.

I hope I won't have regrets building this when AMD Navi series GPU's launch this year. Possibly also going to see something new from NVIDIA in 2020 latest.

Please let me know in the comments section if you have any questions on the build. I'd be glad to answer them! :)

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Very solid build, are you achieving the fps you wanted?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I first thought you commented on my Kolink build, whoops :b Yeah it's great for 4K Single-players, and for 1440p on esport-titles.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Man i am so loving this build! I was wondering if changing the cpu to a Ryzen 9 3900x would be a difference? I have the CPU in hand thats why I am asking :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for compliments!

The Ryzen 9 3900X is an awesome CPU, and compared to the 9900K on 1440p and 4K resolutions in gaming it wouldn't fall that much behind. I'd say it's around 5-10% slower than the Intel processor with all the other specs kept same. Lowering the resolution to 1080p increases the performance gap between the two CPU's as the game is more CPU bound then, but with these specs I wouldn't think one would be gaming on that resolution (at least not always).

Obviously the 3900X is much better in productivity and workloads alike. I hope this helps :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the input. I might really go with this build you have as it falls on my budget. Thanks for the build man!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

No probs! I might make a video of my build late this year.

Let me know when you've completed your build if you post it here at PCPartPicker (link it to me)! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The 9900k did you over clock it ? I was looking at the Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) Motherboard 9900k an the The Dark Rock Pro 4 with what im hopping to be low profile ram, Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory , it said the cooler sits 46.8mm above the cpu wherethe fan sits 40mm's the ram in this case has a height of 31mm is the is enough room for ever thing to be cool an comfortable ?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

My 9900k is clocked at 4.8Ghz @ 1.215v, while the base clock for the CPU is just 3.6Ghz. This 4.8Ghz is an all-core overclock without any Intel "speed-stepping" on, which means that the CPU is always running at this speed on all cores. I could push it to 5.0Ghz with 1.25-1.27v, but that would raise the workload temperatures to around 85 degrees Celsius (which I'm not comfortable with). Gaming at 5.0Ghz would still be fine.

The RAM I'm using is 44mm tall, which is quite high and it actually leaves less than 1mm space between one of the RAM modules and the first Dark Rock Pro 4 fan. The fan's position can be adjusted, and it is sitting at the top most position for me.

Your ram sitting at just 31mm, that would leave more than enough space between the RAM modules and the CPU fan. Of course I can't speak for these companies in terms of compatibility, but you should be more than fine with that setup :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you 07

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Pardon me, that is 1.248V for my CPU at @ 4.8Ghz.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the dark rock pro 4 come with thermal paste? yes: then is it any good? no: then what do you recommend?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it does! It comes with a tube of beQuiet!'s DC-1 which is quite good TIM, but I've since replaced it with ThermalGrizzly's Kryonaut for 2-3 degree Celsius reduction in operating temperatures.

Use this article as a guide for thermal pastes: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-9.html

For overclocking and enthusiasts, I'd always recommend the Kryonaut. It's simply the best (if value is ignored). If money is an issue, then go with Noctua NT-H1 or NT-H2. They are almost as good as the Kryonaut.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I see a picture with the outer fan of the DRP4 removed. Have you kept it that way, and if so is there a noticeable difference in temperatures?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no such picture related to this build, and I'm using both the included fans with the DRP4. Please check pictures 6, 8 and 11 for closer view and confirmation.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I thought the very first picture had the outer fan removed. Thanks for clearing that up!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries!

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, and thank you!

Anything I can throw at it actually, except for Control game @ max with Ray-tracing @ 4K (dips way below 60fps).

For example:

  • SOTTR max. settings 4K avg. FPS in the in-game benchmark is 66fps (without Ray-tracing).
  • Battlefield V @ max. settings 1440p 140-200fps.
  • Apex Legends @ comp. settings 1440p 165fps locked.
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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

That's alright, I'm also a fan of building budget PC's and getting the best possible "bang-for-buck". The RX 580 is an amazing value card, and I used to have one just a month ago in my "Kolink Rocket" build.

If you'd ever decide to go for a RTX 2080, you should make sure that the CPU isn't a big bottleneck for it.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You're absolutely right about the bottlenecking, and that's a quite good plan!

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