Awesome build! How are you powering the Alitove strips?
Awesome build! Could you walk me through that Alitove light strip setup? How are your powering & controlling the strips?
VERY nice. Just curious - some monitors have rubber feet and a small gap under the legs to route cables for the keyboard & mouse. Will this one allow that? I'm looking at the same one and trying to keep my desk as clean as possible.
And my soul weeps with envy again. Very nice!
Dear sweet jeezus. I know this is an old build, but my soul cries out in envy. Beautiful!
Nice! I don't recognize the logo on the CPU cooler. What're you using there?
Very nice! What software are you using for system monitoring?
Love what you did here! Refreshingly understated. The airflow of the H500 plus some giant Noctuas must REALLY nice.
Nice. Hopefully MSI's using bearings that good. I can't imagine anyone using sleeve bearings though!
Makes sense. 6000 rpm though? Sheesh. That said, Apple kinda makes it work with their blowers.
VERY nice! How's that Fryzen working for you? What are the thermals like under load?
Ah, that makes sense.
Edit again: You're totally right. August is the planned time for AIB Radeon cards (non-reference).
Edit: I think partner cards for these GPUs may be released in August.
I'd say hold and reevaluate in a few days once Ryzen 3000 series, Radeon 5700/5700 XT, and RTX Super are all out. The Supers have just been released for review, but I'd wait to get the full market picture, including pricing.
Any suggested alternatives?
Needing a copy of Windows 10 does hurt your options a bit, but I think there's still some good potential here. How about this?
Note: I think that motherboard has the right fan & RGB headers for those fans, but it would be worth double-checking.
PCPartPicker Part List
I like that list, but I think we can tweak a few things here. By going with a smaller SSD, some cash can be saved for a larger HDD. This more than doubles the storage space. The Noctua fans should be a bit quieter and/or last longer, and I'm not sure the Rosewill fans have PWM control. Finally, a retail copy of Windows will make things easier when you upgrade in a couple years, as opposed to OEM.
Nice build! Were you satisfied with the XSPC hub?
Looks great! How are you liking the Fryzen? Is that load CPU temp with a synthetic benchmark or while gaming?
No words.....too....pretty.......I can die now......
Looks like that CPU cooler is just about right up against the glass. Any trouble getting it to fit?
Actually a 1440p ultrawide just came to mind that isn't on PCPartPicker. Check out the Massdrop Vast if you haven't already committed to 4K.
Ouch well that changes things a bit. CPU bottlenecking diminishes at higher resolutions because the GPU is working harder. So at 4K either AMD or Intel will be just fine. The problem now is the GPU itself. Ark apparently is very tough to run at high settings and 4K resolution. So there's a couple alternatives here:
For more details on hardware selection for Ark, see here: http://www.logicalincrements.com/games/ark
Interesting. I like the Micron SSD. That Xeon is a pleasant-looking surprise too.
Yeah maybe a Corsair or EVGA would be a better bet in hindsight.
The thermal pad was based on the low-maintenance requirement. The idea being that there would be no need to replace thermal paste. I haven't tried one myself yet, but a number of reviews suggest it's similar to Arctic Silver or IC Diamond.
How about this?
Cool, thanks. The 1660 Ti should be enough. If you can swing a 2060 or wait and see how Radeon 5700 looks, I'd give those a look too. Otherwise, it's a solid-looking build. I'd definitely recommend an SSD. If you don't want to spend much, try the Crucial MX500, Patriot Burst, or something from HP. This would just be for your boot drive. Night and day performance difference, and you can keep your big hard drive for your game library.
That's a pretty good overview. For gaming, a good CPU would normally have a high speed for a single thread. Many work applications (design, CAD, rendering, etc.) are optimized to take advantage of multiple threads running at the same time. In these cases, a CPU with more cores and multithreading should perform better. AMD typically offers more cores (and threads) for the same price relative to Intel.
test19 is definitely right in theory - Intel CPUs like the 9900K can usually hit higher clock speeds, and therefore provide more performance for a single thread. The one complication is bottlenecking - the situation where a CPU and GPU are mismatched. Install an i3 and a 2080 Ti and you won't be able to use the GPU to its full potential because it will be held back by the CPU. But sometimes the match can be close enough not to really matter in real-world usage. 3rd party reviews (at least the ones I've seen) show a 2700X won't usually bottleneck a 2080, although it will bottleneck a 2080 Ti slightly unless you overclock it.
So for the use cases you've mentioned, I'd argue that a 2700X will be a good match for a 2080, providing enough power for the GPU to provide its best performance. Meanwhile, it will provide double the threads for your professional applications, and both the CPU and motherboard will cost noticeably less. Oh, and by the way, the Ryzen 3000 series comes out in July, which should provide an even bigger boost.
Same thought. But what kind of monitor resolution are you trying to drive?
I've seen mostly good review on these. APC's another solid brand. I'd just suggest checking reviews on Amazon and Newegg to help you find something you're comfortable with.
Lots of options actually. I like the Cooler Master H500 series (except the H500P non-mesh) and the Fractal Design Meshify C. Great airflow with these cases. The Meshify even comes in a non-window version, if that's your thing. Corsair's 200R and 270R also come to mind as test19 mentioned. And then there's Silverstone. Lot of good ones there. As for the hard drive, that's just a marketing shot. It's not actually exposed.
Also, what resolution? One monitor or multiple? Will you be happy at 60 fps, or do you want more?
How about this? I switched to MSI since their motherboards have a Corsair-compatible header and RGB support should work a little better. I'm not 100% sure if you'll need the Commander, but I'd suggest checking the number of PWM fan headers you'll need. Also, you mentioned streaming/editing/rendering. Ryzen offers better performance per dollar for these more heavily multithreaded applications.
How's this float your boat? The streaming is the hard part. You'll likely need to extend your budget a bit to handle gaming and streaming simultaneously. But this should be a good start for 1080p with esports titles. If you want better graphics, check out the RX 580 or GTX 1660 Ti. Dual monitors should work ok for general usage, but for gaming you'll need a bit of oomph from one of these (or better).
Looks like a nice build. A few thoughts:
Ryzen likes fast memory, much more so than Intel. Go for 3200MHz if you can, or maybe 3000MHz if not. 16GB would probably be much better, but you know your use case better than I do.
I agree with Assassin240 about the CPU cooler. For less money, the Hyper 212 Evo. Or for the same money you could get amazing cooling with Noctua. Case airflow also matters. Make sure you've got at least one intake fan and one exhaust fan (preferably more). If you keep the hard drive cages, I'd recommend static pressure fans for the front. When choosing fans, I'd avoid sleeve bearings and try to get fans with PWM control. If you wind up with more fans than headers, no worries. Hubs are cheap.
I love Crucial SSDs, but for the cost of that one you can probably get a similar-size NVMe drive from HP or Corsair. Or, if you need bigger capacity, try a 256 or 512GB SSD and a 2TB or larger hard drive. I'm really guessing since I'm not sure about AUD prices, but I'd suggest taking a look.
It might not matter right now depending on what games you play, but we're rapidly approaching the time when 3GB just isn't enough in a graphics card. See if you can grab at least a 1060 6GB, or preferably a GTX 1660 Ti or RX 580. AMD's coming out with new GPU's in a few weeks, so it might be worth seeing what happens there.
I know nothing about this power supply. How are the reviews? What's the 80+ rating?
I'd recommend getting one of the Full copies of Windows. OEM licenses, if I'm not mistaken, get locked to one machine. If you need to change in the future, you're kinda out of luck with OEM.
Check out motherboards with onboard WiFi. B450 should be fine if you don't plan on heavy overclocking, and there's even some cheaper X470 options than the one you've chosen. This could possibly even let you drop the separate network card.
X570 and Ryzen 3000 series come out soon. Maybe worth the wait?
I would just add that if you go with a Ti and 2700X (not sure about Zen 2 yet), you might go for X470 in place of B450. The reason being you might want to overclock since some reviewers have noticed minor bottlenecking.
This is a tough one. You'll definitely need to use static pressure fans. I wouldn't mount the AIO on the front since the fans will already be working hard for fresh air. I'm thinking top-mount rad, and remove the top dust filter. If you have the cash, add some extra intake fans. You could use a cheap fan hub (Silverstone and Noctua come to mind) to get around the limited number of headers on your board.
Hmm...have you looked at airflow? You might want to check your case fan configuration and some case reviews (see Gamers Nexus) to get some ideas on how to optimize.
I think we could be more helpful if you provide more detail. Can you share a link to your part list?
At minimum, I think we'll need prices, memory frequency, and SSD capacity.
Looks like a pretty solid start. I agree that a better motherboard might be a good idea. Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI should be fine. Asrock's not bad.
Almost any B450 board should support that drive. You just need to check to make sure there's an M.2 slot, which that board does have.
As for saving cash, yeah I'd check memory prices, but keep it dual-channel as you do so. You can also step down to a 2600 and overclock it slightly to match the speed of the 2600X. Plenty of good how-to articles out there.
Looks pretty good! For what it's worth, I'd note a couple things:
It might be best to wait for Ryzen 3000. They should be coming out July 7th, so not too long now. X470 and B450 should support it just fine with a quick BIOS update.
If you'd like to get the fastest possible storage, check out the HP EX920. NVMe for a similar price to your 860 Evo.
RGB can be a nightmare; there's no one standard everybody follows. If you want to keep everything in sync with Asus Aura, you might try G.Skill or Team RAM instead of Corsair. B450 and up support dual-channel, so no worries there. Just try to go for 3200 MHz kits, or at least 3000 MHz.
Unless you plan on some heavy overclocking or a 2nd GPU in the future, you can probably save a little cash by stepping down your PSU wattage. 650W should be plenty.
Lol yeah I've got one in mind thanks
Fair point, thanks. I'm budgeting a bit extra for X570 when they come out, though I have to admit I'm a bit nervous about how much more they'll cost. That said, I'm still debating whether or not PCIe 4.0 will be worth it for me, so maybe it will just be X470.
I highly recommend Seasonic from my very limited experience. You might want to check out JonnyGuru's website. Great info there. 550W should be plenty. 80+ gold if your budget allows, but bronze is fine for most. And if you can swing it, a modular PSU is nice.