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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.
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.
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.
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...