Description

After almost five years with my previous i5-4670K build, I decided to dive into the world of RGB with a completely new system. After weeks of meticulously picking parts highly focused on aesthetics and utility, this is the build I've chosen to go with. This is my UserBenchmark at stock frequencies (XMP enabled).

Benchmark results after CPU overclocking:

I have managed to get a stable overclock of my CPU at 5GHz with a voltage of 1.38V and an AVX offset of 1. Highest temperature hit on one of the cores during a 30 minutes 1334K FFT Prime95 non-AVX stress test was 77o C and 62o C during a 5 hour AIDA64 CPU stability test. The radiator fans and the pump were (loudly) running at 100% (1838 RPM and 2736 RPM respectively) during all tests.

CPU-Z Validator

UserBenchmark

Cinebench: 1229 cb (Multicore) & 217 cb (Single Core)

Edits: (01/25/19): Changed the G.Skill Trident Z to Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro and added a Samsung 970 PRO M.2 NVMe drive. Last picture depicts the upgraded build.

Part Reviews

CPU

The i5-9600K is a great overclockable CPU that will satisfy my needs at a reasonable price. My overclock frequency and profile is shown in the build's description.

CPU Cooler

With aesthetics being one of my top priorities, the NZXT Kraken was the best looking AIO Liquid Cooler. The ring and infinite mirror design definitely caught my attention. With a price difference of approximately $10~$20, the X62 (280mm) was my choice over the X52 (240mm).

Motherboard

Great value motherboard with very good overclocking capabilities. Plenty of LEDs to make your build shine.

Memory

Replaced the previous G.Skill Trident Z that I had in my build by these. Both the RGB Fusion and G.Skill Trident Z software did not detect my memory, making me unable to change the colors of the LED. The iCUE program is considerably better, allowing me to adjust each individual LEDs! Look great.

Storage

With the prices of M.2 NVMe SSDs going down, I decided to purchase a 970 Pro stick due do their incredibly fast read/write speeds. Using it as my boot drive and most used programs.

Storage

With the dropping price of SSDs, this pickup was a direct upgrade from a previous Samsung 840 120 GB SSD. The additional storage is extremely useful since games are starting to take up a lot of storage space.

Storage

Hard drive from my previous build used to store files and videos. Would prefer a larger capacity, which was much more limited four years ago.

Video Card

The huge discount from Boxing Day allowed me to upgrade my previous GTX 760 to this GTX 1070. Very good value card with RGB accents.

Case

Very good looking tempered glass case with nice airflow. Plenty of cable management space in the back panel making it very easy to build in.

Power Supply

With a huge discount from Boxing Day, this pickup was a no-brainer. A fully modular 750W Gold Certified PSU for $60? Count me in.

Case Fan

These fans look fantastic and provide great airflow to my build. The price justifies the aesthetical upgrade to your build. The iCUE software also allows limitless customization. Trust me when I say that they look even better in person.

Monitor

Thin bezels, QHD, 144 Hz.

Keyboard

Bought the prebuilt Gateron Brown version with black keycaps during a sale. Beautiful RGB backlit keys with the ability to easily switch out your switches.

Mouse

My go-to mouse that I've been using for the better part of last decade. Previous ones have failed after several years of usage, but they feel great.

Headphones

Decided to go wireless on my headset and picked these up since they had good reviews-and for good reason. They are very comfortable with great sound for wireless headsets and have long lasting batteries.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

I love the pink! Also, great choice of motherboard, Gigabyte did really good with making all of the Aorus Z390 boards good for overclocking.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was hesitant whether or not I should get a more expensive motherboard like the Pro or Ultra, but ended up settling for the Elite since I don't really need the better VRMs with only an i5-9600K.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Just FYI, the VRMs on the Elite and Pro are the same. I got the Pro because it had more fan headers and some extra features.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I read that the VRMs are actually different. If you look closely, the capacitors on the Elite are silver-ish while the ones on the Pro, Ultra and Master are a darker grey color. A video mentioned that the Elite uses Apaq capacitors while the Pro uses a FP cap and heatpipe.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm, that's really good to know. I'm pretty sure they both perform about the same, which is more than enough to handle a 9900k. The Elite is a solid board for it's price so really no issues.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool looking build, and it looks like you have like three or four lighting softwares running to make it happen! :o

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

yes! love pink builds! great work!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean, did you have any trouble with the LL120s in those positions reaching both pwm on the MB and the lighting node?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I had no issues, the wires were long enough for my case, I could post a picture of the cable management from the backside.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is almost the exact build that I'm looking at right now! Looks amazing! Great job!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Love the build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It feels like everybody has an LL120. I think they are a little overpriced, though. The RF120's are just as good or maybe even better, and are only $40 a pack.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

but you give up the customizability of the Corsair software

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

The RF120’s sync with your motherboard.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

that still doesnt give you as much flexibility as the iCUE software

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The RGB Fusion software feels very lacklustered, especially after using the iCUE software. I do agree that in terms of utility, if someone would have a limited budget, the RF120s do a great job for their price. However, since my build and budget was more focused on aesthetics, my personal choice was to go with the LL120s.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, true. RGB Fusion is kind of a garbage pile.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This. I gave the fans a chance because they were on sale and had gotten a lot of a appraisal from reviewers. Since they look fantastic and the customization is beyond the roof, I don't regret it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the overclock on the 9600k?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with CPU overclock results!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

5ghz! nice!

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Would you be able to share some of your temperature and overclock information. This would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Haven't gotten to overclocking yet, will post results once I do!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks in advance.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with CPU overclock results!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I also have a 5 year old, almost to the day, i5-4670k build and I’m looking to do something similar to this. Small world!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It feels like a good time to upgrade a rig, prices are getting affordable. Please do show your build once you finish it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

So a Gskill Trident Z won’t work (rgb and function wise) on this MOBO?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure it was a software issue and not a hardware. The sticks were functioning fine and the RGB could be changed at first (through RGB Fusion software) but then I tried installing G.Skill TridentZ's software and it couldn't detect my sticks anymore.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok

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