Description

My dream PC build. Main uses: Intensive After Effects and gaming.

I went for a slick, RGB design, it it turned out excellent. I love how the case looks, and also the screen on the AIO is cool/

It achieves 120+ fps on Modern Warfare at 1440p, max settings, with RTX on. Impressive stuff.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU. But I am getting unusually high voltages (1.3+). It never goes down.

CPU Cooler

I love the screen and overall physical design. But the software is horrible. Sometimes everything is rotated 90 degrees for no apparent reason, and sometimes the program just crashes. There aren't many customization features either. The fans look good but the lighting effects are mediocre.

Motherboard

Great mobo. Only complaint is how unorganised the BIOS is.

Memory

Great RAM. RGB effects look amazing. One thing I would look out for is that when the colour is set to white, the RAM has weird colour marks on it. It is definitely a hardware issue.

Storage

Great NVME SSD for a (relatively) affordable price. Opted for the 2TB version so I only need one drive. The speeds are up to the standard of Samsung's NVMEs.

Video Card

The best RTX 2080. It was also the cheapest for some reason. RGB is out of this world. One gripe is that the included anti-sag stand doesn't do anything. I even put it 1 slot below (intead of 2) and the thing didn't even touch the GPU. I eventually took it off, since the sagging wasn't that bad and my mobo has armoured PCIe slots.

Case

The best looking case in my opinion. The three included LL120 and Commander Pro make it a great value. A really annoying thing was that whoever made this case stuck the Commander Pro and RGB Hub to the back of the case with 3M tape, and it was literally impossible to get off (without damaging the case). I had to settle for slightly worse cable management.

Power Supply

One of the best PSUs. Had no issues and is silent.

Case Fan

The best RGB fans. The software is the best of its kind. I just don't like how you can see the individual LED's in the fans. They could have diffused it better.

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Comments

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Wow you aren't kidding, we built very similar setups indeed. If you can put another NVMe (or SATA for that matter) drive in there so you can split your assets and output onto separate drives you can double your render speeds in AE because it won't have to read and write to the same drive at the same time. You'll get another considerable boost by getting a dedicated cache drive (this one should be NVMe if you can swing it).

You're right about the LEDs, they definitely could have diffused them better. I'm trying to figure out when Corsair will build into iCUE the ability to recognize all of the other Corsair stuff you have connected and offer to do coordinated lighting between all of them. Seems like that would be pretty easy for them to build into it.

Anyway... Sweet build!

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I didn't know having another drive would double the render speeds. Isn't it mainly based on how powerful your CPU is, rather than the write speeds? Might be wrong. And you can synchronize all the Corsair lighting. When selecting a lighting option, choose one from the "Lighting Link" list. It synchronizes the lighting across all of the Corsair components.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Lightning Link! Great! Thanks for that!

Yeah, check out this discussion on the VideoCopilot forums, with emphasis on "Farmfield's" posts, he explains it better than I ever could. That's the easiest one for me to find, there were one or two over on the Creative Cow forums, and I think at PugetSystems also that go into detail. But the gist is, if you are reading and writing off of the same drive, AE takes twice as long as reading from one and writing to another when rendering, having a dedicated cache on the fastest drive in your box helps also since AE uses it as virtual memory and it's in constant read/write mode. Your OS and programs should be on your slowest drive because with the exception of bootup, none of those things really benefit from a faster drive, and if the "slowest" drive is a SATA ssd then it still really isn't slow at all.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Also the msi gpu sag bracket doesn’t work well it’s meant for looks. I think it has rgb on it but I’m not sure.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks! The bracket doesn't even have RGB, its just got red accents. I don't see why they included it. It doesn't even look that good.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great looking machine, I bet your enjoying a lot.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am! Thanks