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The original objective for this build was to create the most budget-friendly, high end intel build possible, though somewhere along the line I got carried away. The "budget friendly" part of the build comes from bargain shopping the GPU, CPU, and case. Additionally, Asrock's Taichi is an amazing bargain, with power phases competitive with some of the Maximus boards, a subtle asthetic, and $65 lower cost compared to the Hero and $135 lower cost compared to the Code at the time of purchase. That's not even considering the roughly $40 available in rebate and review from Asrock.

I managed to pick up the GPU with only two weeks of use on it and practically full warranty available for about $650. The CPU was also snagged at a bargain as Amazon prematurely listed the 9900k for $30 below MSRP, and customer service was able to credit my account significantly for the back-order, yielding a final price of $475. I managed to pick up the case used locally for only $115 locally, and my magnetic levitation fans were also picked up with light use for $15 a piece. Everything else in the build was purchased new.

The build is typically a monochrome white, indicated by the white RAM, cables/sleeves, cable bar, and ML fans, but to commemorate build completion, I figured I would try some rainbow vomit.

The GPU backplate cover was created by JMMODS, and the custom AIO sleeves are from CABLEMODS.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 5 points

This guy should have a shirt that says "Your high end build is my budget build"

/s

Great build! I want it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

"Budget Friendly..." - Sees the 9900k and 1080 ti.. Lol good build man.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

haha, like I said, a little carried away xD

Thanks man

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice backplate. Are you able to sync them with Asus aura or Corsair Icue? Congrats on the build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I would also like to know

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

And I too would be most interested in knowing

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The backplate is currently synced with Asrock's polychrome software, and the manufacturer stated it should be compatible with all addressable rgb headers and specifically Asus auroa. I believe he also has a FAQ on his site https://www.jmmods.com/ providing further clarification on issues like this if you're still interested.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, looks amazing

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man, question how did you hook up your radiator fan on your GPU. Did you just set the fan at 100% on the controller or is your GPU handling the rpm. I have an aer fan on mine and I couldn't get the GPU controlling the rpm using a 2 pin to 3 pin adapter.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a four pin fan connected directly into a motherboard header so I can control the speed. Right now I built a separate fan curve based on CPU temp (terrible way to do it imo), but I believe speed fan allows for fan curves dependent upon GPU temp. My motherboard doesn't naively support curves based upon GPU temp, so that will likely be the route I go.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build very beautiful , but i want to ask you about the desk, did you buy it or built it? and thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The desk is an old one that I bought from office max. Here's a link to it: https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/101095/Realspace-Magellan-Collection-L-Shaped-Desk/

It's a pretty great desk for space, though after completing this build, I realized it isn't quite as deep or long as I would like. I'm planning to upgrade to the IKEA Alex desk for greater length and depth.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get a 9900k for only $499? Beautiful build though, only thing that kinda bothers me is how the GPU watercooling tubes are really obtrusive. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon accidentally posted the link to the processor a few hours before preorders opened, and the posted price was accidentally listed for $499. I grabbed it for that price, and they honored it later. Additionally, pestering the customer support chat representatives about the constant delays and terrible feedback eventually yielded me some credit towards the order.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

What day did you preorder ? The 8th? Still waiting and seeing the updated builds makes it somewhat easier to be without my own.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I pre-ordered on the 8th at 5:42 am CST.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I ordered same day. Hoping ti arrives sooner than later like everyone else at this point

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of luck man. If you haven't already, I would pester amazon customer service and ask for a supervisor. It helped me get some credit added towards my order after politely voicing my frustrations about their poor communication.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Budget friendly and Intel don't really mix right now haha, just put together a 9700K rig myself. Nice build though, very clean.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what made the build end up so expensive I think. I managed to snag the GPU used in great shape with warranty for pretty damn cheap considering what it is, and I planned on just doing the 8700k. Then the rumors of the 9th gen launch came around, and I felt a bit sad updating to an 8700k when new tech was around the corner. I only snagged the 9900k because I got lucky with a deal.

Congrats on the 9700k man! I hope she's treating you well :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the Prius hybrid of gpu’s?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

You could say that, but with a lot more bang than a prius! It's just the regular EVGA 1080TI FTW3 but with liquid cooling and a blower.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Near perfect build, all you need now is the ultrawide!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My original plan was just to run dual monitor, one IPS 4k and one TN 1440p, but that wasn't in the budget. I am kicking myself about the ultrawide now haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Where’d you get those white cables from?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Cablemods

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m confused, it says your cpu is running at 3600 GHz?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeeeeeeeeah, that's weird. 3.6 GHz or 3600 MHz. I imagine whoever uploaded the i9 to the parts lists just mistyped.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oof. Also great build. Though your budget build is almost double my pc cost, I don’t even find mine a budget build. Sorry if it may seem rude but dang that’s pricy. But also a great build that I wish I had myself.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's not rude at all; I think that was probably a bad usage of language on my part. I meant for it to be as "budget" as a very high end build could be, so it's not a budget build in the sense that it uses high performance/cost parts, but rather that it uses a fair amount of used or bargain-hunted parts.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a custom GPU backplate, and is it AIO cooled? How did you do that?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA manufactured a specific type of 1080ti ftw3 called the "hybrid" that comes with an AIO liquid cooler setup.

The GPU backplate is custom, but not of my design. It was a previously manufactured designed on JMMods.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh hey! I saw your build on Reddit! Love the build. I have to clean up my build after seeing yours!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the feedback! I'd love to see it once you've cleaned up!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps on the i9?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't been able to benchmark it because I'm in the middle of RMAing my board after it died, but for the first week running Shadow of War, Fallout 76, and Battlefield 5 on totally maxed settings, CPU never went over 58 degrees Celsius on modest fan curves. It seems pretty content at about 55 Celsius on high load for me, 45 Celsius on mid load, and 37 Celsius at idle, with my ambient being average 25 Celsius.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I'm thinking of using this AIO for the i9. Is it quiet as well? Have you tried the 0db mode where the fans shut off on idle? Do you recommend this AIO?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

With PWM, I've been unable to make my fans shut off entirely, though that depends on what fans you're running. At their lowest possible settings, about 500-800 rpm depending on the fans, they're practically silent, and seem to keep things pretty cool at idle. To be honest, sub 40 degrees, I actually can hear the pump more than the fans. It's certainly louder than many of the custom loop pumps I've heard, but I don't think it's annoyingly loud.

This AIO has been great for me thus far. Additionally, after reapplying my thermal paste and reseating my block onto the cpu, my temperatures actually dropped A LOT. I'm running 28-30 celsius at idle now, 32-34 at idle, high 30s to low 40s mid load, and 50-55 high load.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Your Taichi board died? Which board are you using now? I'm building almost the exact same setup as you, but I'm really stuck on what mobo to get. I typically go for Asus boards, but their Z390 boards are using 4 phase and I'm worried about temps, especially with the 9900k. Are you overclocking yours or running it on stock with turbo enabled?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I ran into some issues with it, but Newegg fulfilled the RMA for replacement pretty easily, and the one has been running fine. It seems more like a luck of the draw issue currently. I was pretty borderline with the maximus hero/code and the Taichi, but went with Taichi because it was standing toe to toe with the hero for a far lower price-point, and Asrock has a good track record for the board. I did have some buyers remorse after the first board went out, and seriously considering swapping to the code, but things seem to be fine now.

I've been running stock with turbo for the time-being. Just been making sure nothing is going to go out again before applying any overclocks.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

insane build dude! wallpaper?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

"Sakura and Smoke" on wallpaper engine.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the secret lab gaming chair worth it?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely think it was for myself. It is just so adjustable; I can make it compliment however I want to sit, with plenty of room and support. I work at home a lot in addition to gaming, so I often change my sitting position and posture, which my last chair wasn't very supportive of.

It was pretty... firm when it first arrived, which wasn't the most comfortable. It took about 2 weeks of regular use to finally break in, which seemed typical when I looked at others' reviews of the chair.

At this point, the most attractive feature to me is that it's comfortable while still being ergonomic, and I've seen serious improvements in my posture with it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean 3600MHz?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

did you use the aio sleeving kti series 2 for the h150i pro ?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get all the RGB setup? Are you using corsair commander?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

just about to build mine with h150i would love to know what CPU temps / GHZ you achieved.

was going for 5-5.2 stable as a target. how did you get on?

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I really wanted to work them in but I couldn't. The reports on the i9 temperatures were looking pretty grim so elected for some good SP fans for the radiator. Corsair makes some RGB ML fans, but their listed specs were far, far worse than the standard LED mag. levs. so I had to take the hit. I did the same for the GPU since it only has a 120 mm radiator and could use a solid fan. I do have the corsair lls in the top as my exhaust fans however.

In person, the mix is actually kinda cool because white light bleeds in from the sides, adding a kind of bright illumination to the center where the rgb is.