Description

I use this build for gaming and video consumption. I first got the EVGA RTX 2080 XC ULTRA, but it had very annoying coil whine, so I got it RMA'ed. It also ran kinda warm, and its fans got pretty loud, but that is due to my rooms higher than average ambient temps. I ended up going with the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce because of its 240mm AIO, and its overclocking potential its AIO gives, even though I'm not much of an overclocker, and there isn't a lot of room for overclocking because it's already overclocked out of the box, but I got it to average at about 2025mhz.

When installing this GPU, because I already have a 240mm AIO for my CPU, I had to mount the GPU rad in the front, which shouldn't have been as problematic as it was. There was an issue with space in the Meshify C, it can fit a GPU up to 315mm long with fans mounted to the front, but my GPU is 290mm long, plus the rad is about 25mm thick, plus the 25mm thick fans, there just wasn't enough space, I was short about 2-4mm, so, I had to bend outward the mounting holes in the front in order to fit the rad, the fans, and not break the PCIe slot or my GPU.

So, in the end, it took about a month to complete because i had to RMA my first GPU, though it turned out pretty well, my GPU remains pretty cool under 100% load with warm ambient temps (75-78 F avg.) for extended gaming sessions, and my GPU isn't being crushed by its own radiator.

P.S. I wouldn't have had a clue what I was doing if not for this site, LTT, Jayztwosentz, PualsHardware, Bitwit, GamersNexus, and a couple more, and all the of the hours of videos I watched on this stuff.

(CPU) For the CPU I went with the 8700k because I thought that it was better in terms of price to performance compared to the 9700k, and 9900k, purely when it comes to gaming not productivity, especially at $340.

(CPU COOLER) For the CPU cooler, I needed something that'll keep my CPU cool underloads, possibly with a little overclocking, and that could stay quiet in my warmer than avg room.

(MOTHERBOARD) I went with this motherboard because of its 10 USB ports, io, onboard wifi, price, and possible future CPU compatibility.

(STORAGE) The 970 EVO is great for a boot drive, and a couple of games with annoyingly long load times, and the 2TB HDD will be good enough for my game library for a little while, and because of my mobo's 2nd M.2 slot, an intel optane storage will come in handy in the future for accelerating this HDD.

(VIDEO CARD) Originally I wanted to go with the RTX 2080 Ti, but it made more sense to go with the 2080 and a 1440p/144hz monitor vs with a 2080 Ti, because the higher cost isn't worth the guaranteed more than needed fps on ultra settings in every game, IMO. It would make more sense to go with a 4k/144hz and a 2080 ti then 1440p/144hz, but that goes way over how much I am willing to spend and I'm very satisfied with this combination, especially in regards to its temps.

(MEMORY) I liked the specs, and the rams heat spreader... and considering what ram prices used to be, I thought this was a good price.

(CASE) I've been eying this case for a while, because of its size, and I just love the look of it, especially with RGB fans in the mesh front.

(PSU) I got a good deal on this PSU, and it should last me a while.

(MONITOR) The monitor was a no-brainer for me because I'm not a fan of TN or VA because of the the color shift when viewed at an angle, the 4ms on an IPS vs a TN's or VA's 1ms isn't an issue for me. The refresh rate and resolution is an obvious sweet spot and a great match for the 2080.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey wassup man nice build btw! 1+ also i want to ask you how is the temps with GPU i was trying to find someone who have like it and also are you able to hit 144+ fps at 1440p? Can you also send some pics of its in game benchmarks? And thank you 1+

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The temps are pretty good, under full load for an extended gaming session, temps usually peak at about 65C, with ambient temps of about 76-78 Fahrenheit. No, you can't hit 144fps at 1440p on modern AAA titles, more like 80-95fps on those games with all graphical settings maxed out, but you can get 144+ fps on esports games like R6S, OverWatch, fortnite. If you want guaranteed 144fps at 1440p go with an RTX 2080 ti or possibly 2 of them because there are some games you just won't be able to consistently get 144fps at 1440p with all graphical settings maxed out. Sorry I haven't got around to doing any benchmarks yet.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for replying man it was helpful but also i want to ask ya about the monitor is it good? Does it have any bleed and does it hit 165hz and thanks hope u reply

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

These IPS 1440p/144hz monitors are very hit or miss in regards to IPS glow/backlight bleed, unfortunately, mine was a miss, and has quite a bit of IPS glow.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey - Nice build! I have a question if you don't mind. I see in the detail, you placed your GPU rad/fans at the front of the case; and I assume in a pull configuration. Where did you wind up mounting your H100i CPU cooler, and in what (push/pull) configuration?

I am about to see if I can use the same GPU in a Corsair 280x, with a CPU cooler as well, and debating now my airflow exhaust strategies while I wait for components to arrive (I have a 240 slot to work with top, front, bottom, and should not interfere with each other.)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! My H100i is mounted to the top and exhausts out of the top of the case.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Combo of wallpaper and case is AWESOME!!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

What program did you use to monitor the cpu and gpu temps?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

RivaTunerStatistics and HWMonitor.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Also probably going to get an aorus z390 motherboard for my 9900k, how do you like yours so far, has the software/bios given you any trouble. And would you still recommend your case with the fitting issue, I'm debating between yours, nzxt h700, or Corsair 570x

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with a bigger case.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The only reason I kept the case is because my desk is very shallow and I rather not keep my pc on a carpeted floor even with a riser under it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo is nice once you update the bios and get used to the layout, I think ASUS and MSI mobo have simpler overclocking, it's pretty great otherwise and has a lot of USB compared to other similarly priced Z390 atx mobo, the RGB is nice too.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey btw bri-fi i want to ask you how is the aio cooler for the CPU (h100i pro)? Does it cool enough good? Hows the temps? +1 for setting the aio rgb like that it looks cool

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It does well for stock 4.3ghz all core, but if you do 4.8-5ghz all core it can get hot, but that depends on the voltage. Unfortunately, my 8700k can't do 5ghz below 1.35 volts, so it can get very hot. For better temps, I would have to delid or get a 360mm AIO.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Would the GPU radiator fit in the top of the case?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

With the CPU's 240mm rad it made more sense to mount it to the front.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I was considering this video card for my first build, but now that I see on photos I don't like how the materials of the fans and the tubes from this AIO looks. They seem of very poor quality, maybe is because the flash on the photo. How do you feel about it? The fans from the radiator can be changed?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The fans are not great but they aren't bad either, and the tubes are indeed as cheap as they look... :(

TBH though, a $100-$150 premium is cheaper than making your own custom water cooling loop, and a GPU water block alone is over $100, not to mention the thermals and acoustics is far superior to any air-cooled one, especially the EVGA XC ULTRA.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you have a good point there, actually you are getting for what you pay. I think I will go for a Gaming OC version instead.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, good luck with your build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw how much mhz ur running on your GPU??? Also are ur GPU memory ram is running 8 gb? And thanks

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

/\ Check the details and description. /\

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw do u have enough space inside ur case for the GPU and CPU cooler? Does the case have good airflow? Sorry if i ask much questions but i want to buy a pc EXACTLY looks like urs except for some things

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the description.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes sorry same question, do you think the hoses on the GPU would reach the top on a bigger case

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it a tight fit with that gpu? I want to get a aorus 2080 and mount it vertically but I'm concerned it won't fit. The card is 290mm and I would be using the same case but air cooled.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

the description^

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Nice build! I was wondering if you could post a pic of the side of the gpu? I'm considering getting it and doing a vertical mount but can't seem to find any clear shots of the rgb window. Thanks

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I don't know how to post a pic on here.

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