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2700X - RTX 2070 w/ RGB Galore (First PC Build)

by OriolesRock100

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Details

Date Published

Feb. 14, 2019

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.04 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.251 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

This was my first ever PC build (and probably not my last), and overall, it was a lot of fun. I will likely be using this build as I go to college next year, so hopefully it lasts me a while. At this point, the only two things I may consider changing is to possibly add 2, 140mm RGB fans to replace the fans I currently have at the front or to upgrade my CPU to a zen 2 CPU when those come out (if they really are as good as the leaks making them out to be). This PC performs well, and I get 100+ fps on ultra settings @1080p in every game I've tried so far, making this great for my 1080p 144Hz monitor!

Note that I had a lot of trouble with the cable management, so I am very open to suggestions/help on that front. Also, I originally built the PC without the RGB Corsair LL120 fans, so keep that in mind while looking at the pictures.

Overclocking: I didn't exactly win the silicon lottery with this CPU; the best I could do was 4.3GHz on all 8 cores ONLY BARELY and at 1.5V. Along with this, I overclocked the RAM to 3400MHz at 1.35V for every test. Obviously this isn't suited for everyday use at this voltage but I managed a cinebench r15 score of 1917. After everything was said and done, I ended up with the following: 4.2GHz on all 8 cores at 1.35V on the 2700X with 16GB RAM @3400MHz. This yielded a cinebench r15 score of 1895. As far as the GPU goes, I have the core clock @2040MHz and the memory clock @8251MHz. With this, I was able to get a Heaven benchmark score of 5852/fps of 232.3 (at heaven's default settings at 1080p and in fullscreen). I have no idea if this is any good for an RTX 2070, so if anyone knows, please let me know.

CPU: I was torn between getting the Intel i7-8700k, i7-9700k, or the Ryzen 2700X. The plan was originally to go for the i7-8700k because of its 6C/12T plus very high clock speeds, but they were very expensive when I decided I wanted to make the build, so I went with the Ryzen 7 2700X, and I was not disappointed. This (in my opinion) is the best all-around, value CPU at this price point that you can get right now. The 8C/16T tears through every workstation tasks, and the clock speeds are pretty good for high-refresh rate gaming too (280-300 fps in CS:GO on max settings @1080p).

CPU Cooler: I knew I wanted a liquid cooler just because I find them good-looking and because they offer very good performance at a reasonable sound level. This cooler was everything I could've asked for. It keeps the 2700X at a cool 65C under load at 1.35V. I would recommend this cooler to anyone looking for a good AIO with nice LEDs.

Motherboard: Picking out a motherboard initially gave me some trouble, but I decided on this motherboard and it has everything I could want at a decent price. The VRMs were good enough to overclock the 2700X, it has some nice LEDs, and it has a nice BIOS. The only thing is that at this price point, I feel that on-board WiFi would be a good feature to have, but not too big a deal in the end (you can just get a PCIe wireless network adapter like I did).

Memory: This RAM is really good, and it's hard to debate that. I sort of wish I went with the Corsair Vengence RGB 3200 kit just so the RGB would sync with my fans and CPU Cooler, but you can't argue with the quality of this RAM. It performs well and is sleek-looking with very nice RGB lighting. I managed to overclock it to 3600MHz stable at 1.35V, but brought it back down to 3400MHz for everyday use (which is fantastic considering its 3200MHz rating).

Storage: The Samsung 970 Evo is high quality with extreme read and write speeds. Perfect for installing windows on for 5 second boot times (after a post). The 2 TB HDD works well I guess. I don't have much to say about these other than that the 970 Evo is extremely fast but a bit pricey.

Video Card: As much as I dislike the RTX launch from NVIDIA, this is a good-quality card from EVGA. I can overclock this card to over 2000MHz on the core clock speed and to 8251MHz on the memory clock speed, all-the-while the card never goes over 55C under load. I just wish NVIDIA would unlock the voltage control and max power a bit so I could overclock it even more, given how cool the card is. Overall, good on EVGA, bad on NVIDIA.

Case: This is a beautiful case, but the cable management was a bit difficult. I don't know if this was due to me being a new builder or if it's the case's fault. Either way, I would highly recommend it. This is a high-quality case with everything you could need header-wise, and I have no issues with it. Trying to get fingerprints off the tempered glass is a pain, though.

Power Supply: It turns out the 850 W PSU was the same price as the 750 W at the time of purchase, and the 750 W was only $20 more than the 650 W. I decided the $20 was worth 200 extra W for a very nice PSU (as I learned, NEVER cheap out on the PSU), and it is very nice. The modularity was helpful for cable management, although I found I didn't need very many of the cables that came with it.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this! Have a nice day!

Part Reviews

CPU

At the time of purchase (January 2019), this was the best value, high-end processor. It was between the i7-8700k, the Ryzen 7 2700X, and the i7-9700k, and I went with the 2700X, and I have no regrets. This processor is the best all-around processor of the three. Although the higher clock speeds of the 8700k and 9700k may be better for high-refresh rate gaming, my 2700X (which I have overclocked to 4.2GHz on all 8 cores/16 threads), handles itself well in games in addition to being lightning fast in situations where the extra cores and threads help out.

CPU Cooler

This is a very high-quality 240mm AIO at the price point. It keeps my Ryzen 7 2700X cool no problem, even at higher voltages and under load. The RGB looks fantastic (I replaced the fans with RGB ones as well), and you don't have to worry about privacy problems with their software. cough cough NZXT

Motherboard

I have no issues with this motherboard, and the lighting is a nice touch. It has all the headers and features that I need and at a solid price point for a higher-end X470 motherboard. The only thing that I wish it has was on-board WiFi, but it wasn't too big a deal to get a PCIe WNA. At the time of purchase (January 2019), this was the best value X470 board. At this point, you might as well wait for the X570 motherboards to come out if you are in the market for a motherboard, but if you need one now, this is a very high-quality motherboard at a decent price.

Memory

This is high quality RAM. It is pretty fast too - I was able to overclock my kit to 3600MHz stable, but I tuned it down to 3400MHz for everday use. This is fantastic considering the 3200MHz rating (your results may vary). The lighting looks very nice too. I just wish it synced with Corsair lighting since I have a lot of Corsair products with RGB.

Storage

If you have extra money to spend for a quality-of-life upgrade, this NVMe SSD is lightning fast. We are talking 5 second boot-up speeds (after post) fast. No complaints. I use this for my OS.

Storage

Nice HDD. It's pretty fast for a hard drive; no complaints.

Video Card

A bit expensive for its performance. I wish I had gone with a used GTX 1080 Ti or waited for the GTX 1660 Ti or something else. The performance isn't bad per se, but its value is not great if you are like me and don't use the ray-tracing capabilities. That aside, EVGA's cooling solution is great, and even with every overclock imaginable cranked up to max, the card runs at 55-60 celcius under load. 10/10 for EVGA's job, 6/10 for NVIDIA's.

Case

A very sleek, good-looking case at a solid price point. The airflow is fantastic, too. This is a good case for beginners and first-time builders (as was my case).

Power Supply

I was initially looking for a 650 W power supply, but the 750 W was the same price, and this 850 W was only $20 more than the 750 W. I decided the extra $20 was worth 200 W more, so I went with this one. I've heard great things about EVGA's customer service, the cables are nice, sleeved, black cables, and the full modularity is extremely convenient. Very nice.

Wireless Network Adapter

It is a pretty cheap network adapter, and its speeds are pretty good, too. Every so often (maybe twice or so in 12 hours of use), it will have a little momentary trouble connecting to my 5GHz WiFi connection. It seems to work fine with 2.4GHz during these episodes, though, and it happens very infrequently. I'm not why this is; maybe my drivers need updates or something. Anyways, it's not too big an issue as it only lasts ~5 seconds or so when it happens.

Case Fan

Expensive, but in this case, you get what you pay for: some high quality, quiet fans with good lighting. They simultaneously look very nice and perform very well. I have 2 on my H100i pro AIO and 1 as an exhaust fan, and they seem to move air very well according to my CPU temperatures as well as feeling the air pushed out the back of the case.

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Tuskeyemer 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

jesus christ man I'm glad you turned down the voltage from 1.5

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Lol I wanted to see what it would take to get all cores to 4.3GHz since I have seen other chips doing that on reasonable voltages. It wasn't for long; just a single cinebench test or so.

EDIT: Also wanted to ask for opinions on whether 1.35V is fine or if I should turn it down more. If I turn it down more I'm not sure if it'll be stable at 4.2GHz on all cores.

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Amd's recommended top voltage for ryzen 2000 is I think 1.4 so 1.35 is fine

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Ok thanks for the help!

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome build and parts. Congratulations! It should get you thru your college years and beyond! Enjoy. 1 point from me.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I hope so! I've been enjoying the performance boost so far (before I had an i5-6400 and a GTX 1060 3GB). :D

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I would get a GPU backplate.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for the advice! Where would one get a GPU backplate? As far as I know GPUs either come with one or they don't. Idrk where to look for one.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

jmmods will custom make it for your card.

https://www.jmmods.com/gpu-backplates

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Alright thanks for letting me know.

ZipGun 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

My 1st build in 2018 was in that case too, what a pain in the *** cable management was.... You could've gone for the RGB Pro Corsair Ram for even less money for sync AIO and Ram but over all this rig is a win. +1

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The Corsair Vengence RGB was about $5 more at the time of purchase, but I decided to go with the Trident-Z due to good reviews. In hindsight, the Vengence RGB would've been good to sync with everything else, but I can't complain with the performance of the G.Skill memory. The case is nice but cable management is a bit rough. Thanks for the +1! :)

ZipGun 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

You made your choice for good reason, keep it up!

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OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Do you have any tips of what I should change. The cable management doesn't feel like it's good as it is now, but I'm not sure what to change about it. This was my first build, so I'm open to the fact that I probably just suck at cable management.

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OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I'll be sure to try the HDD tray trick! Thanks!

ZipGun 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

If you add 9 Fans w/ 3 hubs, 2 LED stripes w/ one hub and power cable extensions and even more to the standard cables like I did, you will reach the point where space is getting very limited in this case. Saying someone is doing something wrong without knowing the circumstances is not very prudent.

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ZipGun 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Actually the components looked and performed very well in the Meshify C, simply not enough space for all the cables. In the end it did fit, wasn't the cleanest way of doing it tho. So I wouldn't necessarily say it was the wrong case for my build, especially since I'm choosing cases for various reasons. Builds differ much, they are individual. So are the experiences people make with them. Can You believe that? "What the vast majority of people say"...I usually don't bother, pardon me.

JeremyBreedlove 1 Build 1 point 1 day ago

Cable management for the Meshify C is NOT great. It's manageable, but there are a plethora of other cases with better cable management. For a first time builder, it can be a PITA.

AidanRiches 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

was their any clearance issues with the ram? I have the same case with a top mounted radiator and lower profile ram and it only just clears it. nice looking build btw :)

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Depending on the width of your radiator, there could be issues. I had just enough clearance (about 3-4 mm) between the top of my RAM kit and my fans. If you go with a h100i pro, clearance should be fine. Here's a close-up: https://imgur.com/a/Gf5urfb

Sorry if the picture is a bit blurry; hope that helped!

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GreeVjacket 1 point 2 months ago

For Black which is the standard rebranded 2070 Nvidia Founders Edition with slapped EVGA basic fans card you pretty much can push only this furthest, beyond that GPU will struggle with cooling. In FE rebrand list goes: EVGA Black, MSI Ventus, Gigabyte Gaming, Asus OC, Zotac AMP as far as I am aware.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The thing that I don't understand though is that the temps are really low, yet I can't overclock more because the voltage slider doesn't seem to do anything. There's a lot of room for overclocking if Nvidia allowed voltage and power limit to be changed considering that my card is only 55C under load. I've never seen it go over the low 60s (during heaven benchmark tests) but it normally sits at 55 in games.

GreeVjacket 1 point 2 months ago

Are you using MSI's Afterburner or EVGA's Precision to overclock GPU? If neither works then like I said, that's possibly the achievable limit for Black (FE) series.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I've been using EVGA Precision X. I used to use MSI Afterburner for my GTX 1060 3GB, but MSI afterburner's fan settings don't seem to work with my 2070 for some reason, so I'm not able to adjust the fan curve; this caused me to try using Precision X instead. Everything seems to work fine, but changing the voltage slider doesn't seem to have any effect on the voltage. It fluctuates in the same range if Precision X and HWMonitor are both correct. It'd be a shame if I reached its achievable limit considering that load temps are still so low. :( If I could somehow get another 50-100MHz to bump it to 2.1-2.15GHz on the core clock speed then I believe I'd basically be looking at the equivalent of a stock RTX 2080 performance-wise.

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Pretty colors!

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build! :)

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! :D

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

What games are you currently playing? I'm playing Mortal Kombat X and Just Cause 3.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I mostly play CS:GO, Overwatch, some Escape From Tarkov and Apex Legends here and there, and sometimes some other games. Everything I've played so far has been manhandled by this new system.

PaulBlartmallcop 1 point 1 month ago

did the ram fit easily with your aio? i'm planning on using the same case, and the same cooler, but with vengeance rgb, which is the same height as the trident z, and I want to top mount the radiator. but i've heard reports that the radiator can't clear the ram because it is too tall. but then i found your build which uses the same components as mine, and it seems to work just fine. so was it any problem or did it just fit perfectly?

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It fit perfectly for me. I've heard that it has to do with AMD or Intel chipset motherboards because intel chipset motherboards tend to have the RAM's DIMM slots a few millimeters higher on the board (from what I've heard at least). However, I had just enough clearance (probably ~3-4 mm of space between the fans on my radiator and the end of the RAM). So I guess the best answer to your question "will it fit for me?" is yes, as long as you have an AMD motherboard. If not, it could still work, but you might need to do some research. The H100i pro 75 cfm's radiator is 27 mm thick, so you could use that number to compare to other radiators and such.

PaulBlartmallcop 1 point 1 month ago

Well I am going the ryzen route, (just waiting for Zen 2 to come) so in that case, I should be fine. Thanks for putting my fears to rest.

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

No problem; good luck on the future build! I also plan on upgrading my 2700X to the new 3700X or 3850X when they come out and sell my 2700X to a friend. Hoping they're as good as the leaks say they are!

PaulBlartmallcop 1 point 1 month ago

me too! 5ghz on all twelve cores here we come!

devilsgaming44 1 point 1 month ago

Do you play at 1440p? I am planning to build a PC with the same specs as yours and would like to know how it performs thanks!

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I play at 1080p high refresh rate (144Hz), and I'm able to get 100+ fps on max settings even on new games like Anthem. The RTX 2070 and Ryzen 7 2700X would be great for 1440p though I'm sure.

GhostPrinceCas 1 point 1 month ago

I have the same cpu cooler and motherboard as you, but I cannot, for the life of me, get the thing to mount correctly on top of my CPU. How did you do it?

OriolesRock100 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The H100i pro should come with a different bracket for AM4 sockets separate somewhere in the box. You will have to take off the bracket for Intel sockets and install the one for AMD sockets. It's hard to explain through words, but the instruction manual in the box explains the installation process separately; there is one set of directions for Intel and one for AMD. Follow the AMD guide and it will show pictures and tell you how to remove the current socket and add the new one onto the water block. Hopefully this helped.