Description

I'll put topic headers below so you don't have to read anything that doesn't interest you on this...

INTRO

I was thinking of building for the past couple of months, I have been gaming on xbox one s for the past year, bought a good 240hz monitor recently for gaming on PC in the future and was planning to use the xbox on it in the meantime. Long story short; I ran into hdmi and displayport issues with the xbox and didn't want to buy a ridiculously overpriced adapter to get 120hz out of the xbox.

So, I decided building a PC now instead of later would be the best route to go.

THE BUILD

I went with the RTX 2080 and i7-9700k combo, very happy with the results, and if I decide the 2080 ti upgrade in the future is worth it, then the i7 processor shouldn't have issues handling it. However, from what I have seen the performance increase doesn't justify the cost increase with the 2080 ti.

The hardest install was the cooler, It is used on the top as an exhaust as I intended, but it is not bolted down with all 8 bolts, only 4, it's still held in place very well and not going anywhere, but it took forever trying to put it in place since it barely cleared the corsair RAM cards.

I booted windows up on a USB and planned to buy the key later to activate. I ran into errors booting up windows, but was able to troubleshoot and fix them fairly easily. The biggest problem I ran into after everything was installed was the GPU getting too hot, it was reaching 81 degrees Celsius and higher and with medium-high load. I did some research on this and one of the solutions was to move the card to the middle slot instead of the bottom to increase airflow from the GPU fans, and it absolutely helped. On the higher loads it is running around 71-73 degrees now, which is a pretty significant temperature decrease. Still fairly hot, but from what I have read the card does run hot under load. NOTE: No overclocking done yet, and still deciding if I really want to do it or not, it's already performing great ya know.

THE 244HZ MONITOR and FPS

I have heard a lot of discussion on if going to a 240hz monitor is worth it, a lot of people have said going from 60hz to 144hz is a noticeable difference, but anything after that isn't worth it. Even some experts have said it too. I actually bought the monitor with the expectation that I would most likely return it to downgrade the hz and upgrade the resolution. However, specifically for Fortnite there is a major, and noticeable difference with the 240hz and unlimited settings. Same with Apex. It seriously feels like the other players are in slow motion, which just goes to show what 2x the FPS the majority of the lobby is getting can actually do. The highest consistent FPS I got on Fortnite was a little over 350 FPS, and 430 MAX (looking at the grass in creative) :P. NOTE: this was also on low setting except for the 3D resolution, I'm sure I could have got higher, but it was consistently at 350 FPS and actually playable; still better than xbox 720p resolution.

THE CASE

I would highly recommend the case, it was cheap but looks clean, and has amazing airflow, 3 fans upfront and an exhaust fan in the back.

SWITCHING FROM CONSOLE TO PC FOR GAMING

Making the switch from console isn't easy, the Tartus V2 is what I recommend, I have a great button layout for it as well and use the d-pad for movement. I am still getting used to it, but I can tell it is a better set up already. I rarely notice the lack of aim assist that you would get on console, I mean I botch some shots, but I would rather have the precision of a mouse than thumb sticks with aim assist.

THE COST

So there was a lot of deals I got, and one or two used parts I ended up getting, so the $3,064.33 cost the parts list is showing (when this description was published) is not actually accurate, in truth with tax and everything else my build was $2,357.03.

Please disregard the mess of cables on the desk, I just wanted to see if everything worked first and also wanted to get a photo out as soon as I could. It has been cleaned since...

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Why do you need an 2080 for Fortnite...

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? Its kinda overkill, but I found a deal that made it cheaper than a 1080 ti and couldn’t pass it up.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, ok

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Diminishing returns maybe, but you can see/feel a difference in 240hz and it again just feels the smoothest. At least he has a game where he can achieve 240 consistently. Plus, if he has the means and wants that small gain, good for him. Basically anyone who takes shooters seriously/competitively, would upgrade to 240hz if they had the means to do so.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment, I was obviously not as clear on what I actually did if I am getting comments like yours, that I pretty much agree with 100%. For example, is 240hz future proofing? Maybe, again if you read what I wrote I was planning on returning the monitor because of what people said about the diminishing returns and there not being a difference, but I don't trust everything I read and having actually played on it I changed my mind very quickly. I'm guessing you don't have a 240hz monitor, because if you did you would realize there is a difference, like it is ridiculous how much of a difference there is, also bought refurbished on amazon, works perfect and there is a great return policy on it, I can send you a link if interested. Regarding the Windows 10 OEM, if I respond to that I could get another staff deletion comment, so I won't recommend/suggest/hint at other options/actions that may have or may not have been taken in order to hypothetically avoid paying $110. I do recommend being a law abiding citizen though. All that being said, I am not an expert at this, but I would be interested to see if you could find as good or better parts than I have for the actual price I got this for (also in the build description.) Thanks again for the comment!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

In addition, the sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Why limit yourself to one game? I mainly play league of legends but occasionally like to play AAA titles.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a lot of games I like to play, but mainly I’m on Fortnite and Apex. I was recommended to try League of Legends recently too. I really want to try a game with RTX like Battlefield. If this build was strictly for fortnite I would have went way cheaper.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I meant this in reply to someone asking why you went overkill with the build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't blame him honestly. It depends what you're doing. If you want to play at a constant 240fps without playing on all low settings on 1080p. It can make sense.

Edit: The only thing I don't like is the 27inch monitor. I always prefer 24inches for competitive shooters. I do like the 240hz though. I prefer the Alienware 240hz or Benq myself.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

sooo? It's worth it because he can easily achieve 240fps consistently in that game. Plus, he plays Apex too it sounded like.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Whenever I see that monitor, I'm like...damn that sucker is HUGE.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all of your comments! After gaming on this for the last week, I wouldn't recommend a 27" monitor, 240hz is still a must, but the bigger monitor just makes you have to sit back a foot extra to make gaming feel more natural. I would be interested in a 240hz curved g-sync monitor though, but I haven't came across one yet above 200hz, don't know if they exist. If you know of one please let me know.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with one. My favorite monitor currently is the Alienware AW2518H

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a great monitor. But the problem is that it expensive than other 240hz monitor out there.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good monitor "spec wise". If you're playing at 240fps, generally you are playing a fast-paced shooting game. If you're playing a fast paced shooting game, it should be done at 24inches rather than 27inches..in my opinion.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I was talking about the alienware 240hz monitor not this 27 inch monitor

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I have have seen reviews saying that arctis pro surround sound Is no good .It's it true.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The previous headset I had was the Turtle Beach Stealth 800x for xbox, and they are high end headphones, but the arctis pro with game dac is way better. You can pinpoint sound from anywhere horizontally a lot better and it is a clearer sound as well, as far as vertical sound in game the headphones are on par with the 800x, but the issue could just be the game and not the headset since both seemed similar. I would recommend wired over wireless as well, I have the wired ones since the 800x headphones were wireless and had a good .5 second delay. their google review is 4.7 out of 5, which I would agree with.