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"First" PC Build

by E-Sigma


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Date Published

Jan. 17, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 16, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.365 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Finally! My "First" PC Build ever and it feels glorious. Been using an iMac (2009) since it was the first PC I ever owned. Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz), 4 GB RAM, Nvidia 256 MB. It runs, functions but it was about time to truly upgrade. Only stop gap measurement was a Laptop I used for school with slightly better specs. Did manage to run a mid setting Oblivion on it.

Now I put First in quotes because this is actually Round 2 in the process of building it. It started with a Ryzen 6 2600, RX 570 8 GB, and an MSI B450 Carbon Pro AC. I had all the parts Cases, fans, ram, etc but that motherboard was just bad luck. Couldn't get a video signal during post then DRAM light would stay on. Tried trouble shooting different sticks of RAM ( 3 Types) and nothing. So I sold off the CPU/GPU for a little less of purchase value and RMA the ram sticks and motherboard for refund.

Decided to go with Intel/Nvidia combo to sort of match the upgrade path from my iMac to this.

The Core: Was originally going to go for an i5 8600k but noticed I would pay 10 bucks less for the 9600k so opted for it instead. Gigabyte Z390 wasn't originally going to be my first choice, that would have been the Asus TUF but hated it overall scheme and went with this plus OC capability down the line. RAM was just chosen of QVL list. After the first round just wanted everything to be able to work with no headaches on compatibility. Did contact MSI rep for troubleshoot when that happened and wasn't the best.

Graphics: This was something I kept bouncing between for nearly every week. Do I go with AMD or Nvidia. RX 580 or 590; Which brand is best for 1080p? A million questions, dozens of hours researching, but it was CES around the time of all this and decided since I was going for a 1060 or 1070 but how those prices are almost within range of a 2060. Decided 2060 since it did have the appealing title of Anthem for free. If the Monster Hunter bundle was available for the other cards plus the Fortnite bundle to sell but it went away and only having the Fortnite bundle so passed on it.

Everything Else: Just picked out was appealing and set up according in terms of case. This P400 case does come with a fan setting for up to 3 fans. Have the two 140 being controlled by it. Added the 2 120 it came with for top exhaust with the be quiet! as rear. LG monitor does have freesync which should have been a factor of GPU but I decided to not add it and with recent announcement, but only on display port which this monitor doesn't have. It was cheap during Black Friday along with keyboard and mouse combo from Red Dragon.

And it worked. Lightning fast boot from that M.2, more than enough space for all games downloading and not bad for digital art. Tested Dead Space 1 and was odd that V-Sync was limiting my frame 30 FPS which was horrible even though I picked the 60 Hz setting. Turned it off and it skyrocketed to nearly 700 FPS was quite amusing. Do have After Burner limiting my FPS. Sure feels great though and everything is nicely cooled. RGB case is controlled via the case not on the Motherboard and use RGB fusion for the Aorus which can lead to some great two color RGB. Orange is red in the pictures.

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DucoD 5 points 2 months ago

First build on PCPP with the RTX 2060!

E-Sigma submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Next day shipping was insanely fast!

ensoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I just bought this same GPU, I upgraded from my old R9 280x. Card runs great and Im really happy with my purchase. Great build btw!

E-Sigma submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, I haven't OC'd it yet but been handling everything really well and keeping itself cool among heavy load games. Great card.

eesti 2 points 1 month ago

How cool does your card run under load, with something like the anthem demo or heaven benchmark?

E-Sigma submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I played very little of the anthem demo but from what I recall is sitting at around 67~ C but again the demo was very buggy and infinite loading. RE2 sits at around the same with the high graphics and some mixed of high end processing for overall 3.0 GB on the VRAM gets no more than 70 around there. Only games that get it at around 75 C would be Black Desert Online with Remastered settings especially given it is an MMO but a lower end MMO like FFXIV would get around 68 at most during high intensity moments. All games run are at 1080p resolution.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I bought a 1070 in Nov for $350 for 2k gaming. I wish I held out for this GPU. Enjoy!

diypartsjoy 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

It is actually cheaper then the 1070. I also heard that if you overclock it, you basically have a 2070.

ZOMBIE1SNIPER04 1 point 27 days ago

What is your FPS on a game with max visual settings? Looking at making a very similar build, and want to get some input.

E-Sigma submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

Depends on the game; Usually I run things on high/ultra with some mix of medium since I cap my frames at 60 since my monitor is very basic. Probably can push stuff once i get a new monitor with 144hz since more room for drops. but Everything been 60 butter smooth from Anthem to Destiny 2 and FFXIV to name stuff I have been playing.

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E-Sigma submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It great and handles all 1080p gaming need to perfection.