Description

You see... a pimp's love is very different from that of a square.

Been wanting to upgrade for a while, the Battlefield V beta running garbage was probably CPU related, and wanted to get a PC up and running for whenever Cyberpunk 2077 releases (Hail Cyber-Geraldo) and when the 9900k was announced I figured I'll get into it.

Out: The 4790K that ran very well for years. Will probably end up in a HTPC along with the Z97 Pro Gamer motherboard and the 16gb of RAM. Since my last mechanical drive died recently it's now fully solid state.

Keep: I kept the Nepton 240M, although I replaced the fans with Noctua Industrials. My 840 Evo 1tb I've kept and it's where my music is going and will keep it for anything not that important like games I won't play regularly. I've kept my 980TI's because they were expensive and I don't feel the need to move to a 1080TI. The Fractal Define R5 I debated replacing with a R6 mostly for a front USB-C but in the end I kept it and have just run a type-c cable from the rear to the front for my phone. The Seasonic PSU stayed and has my long-time possession the Xonar Essence STX. This is a great sound card that I've had for a long time.

Rounding out the keeps are the peripherals, I just got a G903 as a warranty replacement for a G900 with a bad scroll, the K90 is still a great keyboard, the X34 is an amazing monitor and the headphones match nicely with the Xonar.

New Hotness: The 9900k is first. Obviously. Expensive as hell but really quick, it's cinebench score 2077 at stock with just XMP profile on the RAM, it's running pretty cool as well even in the hot temperatures here.

Paired it with an Asrock Taichi motherboard, really good board, has good VRMs, no over the top features and the price was the right one. Memory isn't the 3200 CL14 I wanted due to stock issues, but it shouldn't be a problem with the DDR-3600 that I got instead. To round out the build, I picked up two Samsung 970 EVO NVME SSD's a 500gb for boot & utilities/photoshop etc and a 1tb for games. I've installed an optimised Windows 10 LTSC build because I can't stand all the bloatware & junk MS packs with normal versions.

It turned on first time, had no issues beyond a frustrating issue where I needed to activate an obscure windows feature before it'd connect to my NAS box but since then it's worked fine.

Happy with this build for sure.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does what Intel says it does. Be super quick at gaming. Really incredibly fast, there's been complaints about temperatures but mine seems pretty cool.

CPU Cooler

It's an AIO, they are all the same thanks to some patent trolling, but this is a good one.

Motherboard

Nice board for the price, has good VRMs and doesn't go over the top with features driving the cost up. Well reccomended for anyone who isn't going to be doing extreme overclocking. The front USB-C header is a neat feature.

Memory

Fine for what it is, not quite the quickest on the market but 32gb in 2 sticks for a reasonable price.

Storage

Super quick, with the PRO series these two combine to be the best consumer SSDs on the market.

Storage

Older model but a solid Sata SSD.

Storage

Super quick, with the PRO series these two combine to be the best consumer SSDs on the market.

Video Card

Slightly dated now but can still do the job.

Case

Phenomenal solid case. Only slightly let down by lack of USB-C but I don't think that was even a thing when it came out.

Operating System

Filled with bloat, spyware and advertising. I ditched it for LSTC that removes all the crap.

Sound Card

Was a brilliant sound card when it released and is still amazing today.

Monitor

One of the best monitors ever made. Extreme high quality panel, high refresh rate of 100hz.

Keyboard

Solid long performing keyboard. Good for gaming & typing. Has media keys & macros.

Mouse

Still getting used to it, but so far looks a winner. Good software, charge lasts a decent amount of time, extremely accurate and fast response.

Headphones

This exists in the station between cheap garbage like beats or razer junk, and the "audiophile" category where prices go up wildly for no real benefit. Does great in games and really well in music. It might not be as bass heavy if that's what you are into though so try and listen to it first.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 10 points

The cables, Arggggg

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah I know. I'll go back and clean it up, but I finished it at like 4am so I didn't have any more time.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the performance/reliability of the motherboard so far? would you recommend it for daily use?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Reliability has been fine apart from a few early issues with bios updates causing instability early in the life of the board, but the bios version 1.80 has been perfect for me since then.

Apart from that minor issue, I've been using it daily and it's been fine. Runs SLI and my audio card no worries, NVME is perfect, the sata SSD is good.

  • 12 months ago
  • 7 points

Please add pictures with better cable management lol but other than that nice build +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

i(9) (9)(9)00k (9)80 ti (9)80 ti Corsair vengeance k(9)0 logitech g(9)03 ath ad (9)00x Z3(9)0 taichi (9)70 evo 500gb (9)70 evo 1tb Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 1(9)2 kHz Sound Card

You really like your 9s...

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Nein, nein. It's just coincidence.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

If you say so...

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

Hahaha that's funny.

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

hey, there's this really cool thing called cable management

  • 12 months ago
  • -2 points

Removing the cables from your sight by closing the case is managing it right?

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

no.

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Double dosis of pimpin’ , love it +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Upgrayedd gonna get his money.

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

If only australian pricing was the lowest -__-

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Jimmy) is that a 980TI?

me) no jimmy that's not a 980TI that's a bottle neck silly

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

It's SLI 980TI's. So far I've been running Farcry 5, GTA 5 and it's murdering them. Also got really nice improvements on AC:Origins. Looking forward to trying it on Battlefield 5.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Has 2 D's at the end for the double does of its "pimping"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Would've sold the 980 Ti's and gotten a 2080, but that is just what I would do. But overall an a great build. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm too lazy to sell stuff, but I am going to look at a new GPU maybe next year or the year after. Really depends on how I feel the 980ti's are performing. Thanks for the comment :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you see much improvement going from the 4790k to the 9900k?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still sorting out benchmarks but I got a ~25% increase in Assassins Creed Origins Average FPS and it really improved the minimum & maximum framerates as well. I'm very happy with that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Over $900USD for a CPU and Motherboard alone. Yikes! That would be a hard pill to swallow.

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, Australia isn't exactly the cheapest place on earth.

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