Description

What's it for?

Just gaming.

It replaces this build, which I sold a couple of months ago. I considered upgrading the motherboard, CPU, and GPU in that build and it would've cost ~1200€. By selling it and building this completely fresh, I ended up spending ~1400€ so that 200€ difference got me the new case, PSU, RAM, AIO, etc. Everything new. I'm really happy with how that turned out.

Part List

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

This is my first AMD chip since the good old AMD Athlon 64 3200+ back in the day. The last PC I built, about 4 years ago, had an i7 6700K (@ 4.6 GHz) but this time I wanted to with AMD. I almost went all out and got a 9900K but the extra price – 311€ vs. 500€ – compared to what extra performance I'd get just didn't work for me and I'm really happy with my decision so far.

This CPU seems to run super cool and, as of now, I've never seen it go higher than 65ºC. According to Ryzen Master, the idle temperature is typically ~26ºC. During a Cinebench R20 run, the max temperature according to HWMonitor was 62ºC. After a bunch of runs in a row, the max temperature was 65ºC.

According to HWMonitor, after a quick gaming session, a couple of cores boosted to just over 4400 MHz with most others hitting around 4391 MHz. That's just automatic, with PBO set to Auto, and with no manual overclock. I'll have a play around with PBO when I can but for now, the performance is great and it stays nice and cool.

NZXT Kraken X62

This is my second AIO. The first, with my last build, was the Corsair H110i GTX. The Kraken looks way better in my opinion – I love the pump – and seems to perform well. I decided to use the AER RGB 2 fans that came with the case as opposed to the (likely better performing) static pressure fans that came with the Kraken and so far, so good. I have all fans set to silent.

Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE

Great motherboard. I haven't done any manual overclocking yet but it was a pleasure to build with this and from what I've read, it's really solid when overclocking, too. I wish I could control the RGBs in BIOS, though, instead of having to use the RGB Fusion software.

G.Skill Trident Z 16 GB DDR4-3600

I've never used G.Skill RAM before so I figured I'd give it a go this time. The 3600 MHz speed along with 16-16-16-36 timings are a great combination and the price was pretty good. I'm really happy so far. It looks awesome, too. Subtle, no RGB, and matches the colour scheme of the build. I've not overclocked it or anything. I enabled XMP, let it run at its 3600 MHz, and haven't looked back.

Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME

This is my first M.2 drive and I love how much cleaner it is when you build. The motherboard has an M.2 heatsink, too, which helps keep things looking tidy. The performance of this SSD is incredible. My old PC had great loading times in games but this is another level.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X TRIO

I play games at 1440p so I was originally looking at getting an RTX 2080. The RTX 2080 Ti was too expensive and anything less than an RTX 2080 wouldn't give me the performance I wanted from this build. After doing a lot of research, this card came out on top in many tests so I decided to go for it. So far, I agree with everything I've read. It's an impressive card in that performance is incredible, it runs cool, and it's super quiet. My old GTX 980 Ti got into the 80s often when gaming but during a few sessions on this build so far I haven't seen it go above 65ºC.

I'll update this when I've had chance to play more games but so far, I've tried Modern Warfare – maxed out with RTX on – and I was seeing 80-100 FPS most of the time. In the one scene I turned RTX off and FPS jumped ~20 IIRC. In Apex Legends, maxed out, it was consistently locked at 144 FPS, as expected. I tried Control, maxed out with all RTX settings on, and it was ~50 FPS. RTX is brutal but it looked incredible. I have a bunch of other games that I'm excited to play so I'll update once I've tried more.

NZXT H510 Elite

It's such a beautiful case and it's way smaller than I thought it would be. That made it a little fiddly at times during the build but I'm so glad I went for this over any of the others I was considering.

Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular

Silent and powerful. There's not much else to say.

LG UltraGear 27GL850-B

My last monitor was the Acer Predator XB271HU (2560x1440, G-SYNC, 165 Hz). I loved the performance but hated how it looked. Sure, these typical gaming styles appeal to some but I'm not a fan and I never liked the look of the monitor. When I sold the build I said the next time I build a system I'd get a monitor with good performance but it'd have to look nicer. This checks those boxes.

Luckily, for me, LG released this monitor. I was a little concerned about it only being "G-SYNC Compatible" but after setting things up I quickly let that go. To me, it's the same as the old monitor regarding performance. That is, it's super smooth. I haven't played much yet that tests the response time of the monitor yet but so far, I love it and I highly recommend it. Maybe if it was side by side with my old monitor I'd notice the slightly reduced contrast (that some reviewers have mentioned) but if I wouldn't have heard that I wouldn't have thought it. The picture is great and contrast isn't an issue. Sure, I wish it had real HDR and their "1ms" and "HDR" marketing is a little shady but for the price, I didn't expect much more.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! Could you upload some more pics tho? Its a beautiful build +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Yeah, sure. I'll get some more photos taken as soon as I can and then I'll update the build page.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely amazing mate, could've used some more pictures of the build but I love the theme.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate it. Yeah, I agree about the picture. I'll definitely get some more and update the build page.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Finally someone who knows how to take a photograph! Very well done, nice build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Thank you!

  • 1 day ago
  • 2 points

Just built this system! Wanted something powerful that would last for a long time.

https://i.imgur.com/LT7yJyg.jpg

It's only been running for roughly 24 hours now and the temperatures are surprisingly low!

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! Congratulations on your new build. It's a beast, huh? Have fun!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

first picture has nice contrast (therefor is nice), more photos of the external interior would be nice, other than that nice build. maybe +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean! All theses new build is making me so tempting to build another PC, can't wait to upgrade mine.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey the H510 elite is a beautiful case But very low air Flow How does the 2080 perform temp wise Im considering the H510 and just want some opinions

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I keep hearing the thing about the case but with all fans on the silent profile, my CPU idles at 27ºC and got to 62ºC after an hour of gaming. The GPU idles at 25ºC and hit 65ºC during that same gaming session. Needless to say, cooling hasn't been an issue. Not at all actually.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's good GPU temps. In my H500i, my GPU temps went up when I installed the Kraken X62 up front. RX 480 would get into the low 80s while gaming. This is with the stock fans that come with the Kraken and the stock rear and upper exhaust fans. (I've taken the filter off the top exhaust fan).

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this is totally what I'd build if I had the money... I freakin love your choices and that case is my favourite one of all time. Really nice build bro!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. Glad you like it! I'll get some more pictures up when I get chance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you take and edit this photo with?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I took the photo with a Fujifilm X-T3 and 35mm f/2 lens. It was edited a little in Capture One before sharing.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well done. Gorgeous build and a pretty photo to accompany it. Enjoy your build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I’m looking for my first build, and this looks like it suits my needs. If I were to build this, do I need to buy anything else? Thank you, looks amazing!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build and cool picture!

I am building something similar. I have the Kraken 62x and H510 Elite case. Where do you hook the 4 pin AIO fan cables(the ones that have the 4 other)? Do they get plugged into the smart controller on the back? I, of course, didn't use the fans that it came with I wanted to use the RGB fans the H510 elite comes with.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow.. this build is almost part-for-part for what's in my saved parts list for my next build.

I've really been tossing up between 9700KF vs 3700x. The 3700x is cheaper but motherboards are generally more expensive so I think they both work out relatively even. Having used intel on all of my builds, I'm still leaning towards the 9700KF.

I'm also upgrading from a 6700K with a 1080gtx. It's going to be my second (streaming system) and the new PC I build will be purely gaming and I'll use a capture card between the two systems.

I'm glad you shared your thoughts on the MSI 2080 behemoth! I've been considering this and the Gigabyte Windforce, purely because I've chosen the Aorus Pro and I thought it'd be nice to get back to some Gigabyte products... but the MSI card reviews really well.

Great build, glad to see I was on the same track with a popular build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like you're set to have an awesome build. I've had this a good few weeks now and I still smile every time I boot it up. The performance is great. As for Intel vs. AMD, I was close to getting Intel as well but I wanted to support AMD as I love how they've released these excellent 7nm chips and are really closing the gap with Intel. Also, it was nice to save a bit of money, despite knowing that I could've gained a few more FPS if I would've gone with the more expensive Intel. Right now, though, squeezing that bit more performance out isn't something I'm concerned about as it handles everything I throw at it. Good luck with your next build and thanks for the kind words.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Im doing something like this right now as my first build. Im curious which case fans did you use? I like the . design and ratio to the case in all black. I also like the light strip at the top seems like you used.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how is the frame rates for late 2019 games? I've been wanting to get Monster Hunter World for the PC and possibly more games in 2020 like Cyberpunk. Are you able to run most games on high, or beyond that?

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

It's no problem at all. Maxed out at 1440p, I played through the whole Modern Warfare campaign (with ray tracing) and from what I recall, I was getting frames in the 100s a lot of the time but with drops as low as, I guess, ~80. Not the most demanding, I know, but Apex Legends, maxed out at 1440p sits locked at 144 (the refresh rate of my monitor). The only one that gave me lower-than-expected frames was Control but after a quick search, I saw that a 2080 Ti can't hold 60 at 1440p when maxed out with all ray tracing options on so that didn't bother me too much. IIRC, I was getting 40-50 but even Digital Foundry released a video talking about how their ray tracing is tremendously demanding (something like a 50% hit on pure FPS).

I can't wait for Cyberpunk. I'm sure it'll run great and while I'm enjoying running things with everything maxed out, it's always worth remembering that with settings on PC games, many of them offer diminishing returns the higher you get. That is, some settings may look ever so slightly better yet give, for example, an extra 20% hit on the GPU.

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Cool, thank you! I might end up doing this build myself. Got three or so saved lol.