Description

Christmas bonus + some parts received as gifts led me to create a total overkill build. Intended for 75% gaming and 25% general/work use. Some of the parts were cannibalized from my previous build.

The Corsair H115i Pro barely fits in the NZXT H500i case (and, in fact, the case claims to not support 280mm rads at all). But it does in fact fit. I removed the wire management bar and was able to make it push-pull, even.

My first 9900k died on me on its second-ever boot. Thankfully Amazon sent me a replacement.

My 2080ti was acting funny with the fan curve. As soon as it reported 70*c, it would spin the fans to 100%, no matter what. I tried messing with fan curves and even just setting fan speed manually, but no luck. So I ordered and installed a hybrid WC setup. In the process, I found that the stock thermal paste did not completely cover the GPU die. My theory is that, even though the temp only reported 70C, certain parts of the die were much hotter and it was spinning the fans to 100% to compensate. With the new hybrid kit, temps are under control; speeds are stable; and the computer is much quieter.

3dMark TimeSpy on stock numbers was 13,200. With CPU at 4.9, new hybrid cooler, and GPU at +125/700, it hit 14,330.

Part Reviews

CPU

3 stars for now. CPU worked on first boot to bios. It somehow died when I went to reboot and install windows. CPU failures are so infrequent, but it seems there are several others who have experienced random and sudden 9900k failures.

Edit: new 9900k works like a dream. Temps are reasonable. 4star for price and holding hyperthreading hostage. Next stop, 5ghz.

CPU Cooler

With stock fans on a moderate profile, it keeps my 9900k around 28C idle and 70C under full load. Fit and finish are good. Install was relatively painless. I just wish there was a better way to route the USB cable off the block.

Motherboard

Decently priced, good power delivery, good feature set. RGB is nice but unnecessary. BIOS is....not great. But I can overlook it for all the other positives. It's not like the BIOS is missing features; it's just horribly organized.

Storage

Not much to say about this. It works, and it crushes every benchmark. Fast as balls.

Video Card

Runs suuuuuper hot and doesn't OC as much as I hoped. I lost the silicon lottery here.

That being said, it pulls 80+fps on BF5 at 1440 with all settings maxed and DXR on ultra. Guess I can't complain.

If I could go back in time, I would either wait for the XC2 or just get a Founder's Edition and watercool it.

Edit: my temp issues may have been caused by incomplete coverage of the stock thermal paste.

Case

First time building with NZXT, and it did well. The fan/RGB hub is pretty simple, effective, and unobtrusive. Fitting the AIO rad was pretty easy, but do note that the case technically only supports 240mm rads.

Cable management on the backside was pretty decent, but there was no good way to lock down my unruly 24pin cable.

Overall, it's pretty snug in there. While you can technically put a 140mm fan on top, in reality the 8pin CPU cable will get in the way. I wish the case were maybe 10% bigger. Otherwise, great case.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

It's not financial mistake if you can't get 60 fps 4k with RT ultra on Minesweeper.

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

ikr, I have finally found a pc able to run 30fps on coolmathgames.com, how could anybody say this is a financial descion that is bad

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm getting crazy framerates in MS Excel

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes, and if he overclocks he may even get 30fps on Stardew Valley with 8k ultra settings and rtx on.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the title!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points
  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol. This cracked me up.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Or a decent NA miata

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 relatable title

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build clean looking interior!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime you build and you buy more than you really need, it is a financial waste. Other than that, I love the clean simplicity of it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the title lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your build, what a mistake lol!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Whats your fps in the recycling bin

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

approximately 12 ft-lbs

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build and title. Came across your review when scoping out potential RTX 2080s and sent your a message (not quite sure how this works, hardly on here)

Looks clean!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

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gg fam

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Can you help me by answering the questions?
Do you hear the cpu coin whine when you have your ear close to the back or the front of the cpu when it run?
When you plug in your speaker or headphone, do you hear that coin whine on your speaker?
I am having that problem. The coin whine is not loud and unnoticeable if you are not in a quite room, but when you plug in the speaker, it is so loud.
I use Asus z390 E gaming mother board. I am looking for the solution for my issue. I hope it is because of the board that cause the cpu to sound like that so it is cheaper and I have more options to replace it. Any helps from other builder of asus and intel chip are appreciated! I got the same noise like in these video below:
https://youtu.be/aXA6r5abybM

https://youtu.be/_nb5EBYgTes

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It's hard to say because the AIO makes a bit of nose on its own. But I don't hear any coil whine in my speakers or headphones. I specifically went with the gigabyte over an Asus for the better power delivery, so maybe that has something to do with it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: new 9900k is in and working. 13,200 on timespy without any OC. http://www.3dmark.com/spy/5484812

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you find that Hybrid Kit for the XC? I'm having trouble finding it and my GPU hit 85° playing GTA 5. I wanted to take a look at it.