Description

I was looking to put together a new gaming pc and my original plans included an i5 9600K and a mid-range motherboard but (as I often do) I found myself wanting to go "all in" and I ended up getting a used 9900K for under $450 on ebay. With the change in CPU I wanted to find a motherboard that was up to the task thus I went with the Z390 Aorus Master and I could not be happier with my decision. I will say that I am not just using this pc for gaming but also for some video rendering (daily) so the extra power has been great. I won a nice Best Buy gift card from a work event so I decided to use it to buy the RTX 2080. I am paring this with my ASUS PG279Q. I was hesitant to go back to a silence focused case after completing my last couple of builds in the Meshify C which offers OUTSTANDING airflow but even with the this case I am getting some great CPU temps (28 at idle and <70 at full load) so I am very happy with the Define S2. At some point I might look at a custom loop but for now I am very happy with this build. Being a 35 year old man I am not overly interested in the RGB craze and I prefer a more clean look. The build quality of the Define S2 is outstanding!!

UPDATE: Today I ended up removing the 2nd (1TB) NVME SSD as heat was a real issue. The drive itself was installed in the top M.2 slot and was hitting 68 degrees C. This was also driving my CPU temps up from the previous load temp of 70 to 89 degrees C (yikes!). After removing the drive my normal temps have returned. I will look for a SATA drive for my additional storage needs

Part Reviews

CPU

outstanding cpu for video rendering and gaming; if you can find it under $450 it is worth it!

CPU Cooler

For the price/performance ratio it is hard to beat the CLC 280. Gamer's Nexus did a nice review comparison including the EVGA coolers. I found it on sale for $89.99 and it is a steal at that price

Motherboard

outstanding motherboard; pricey but worth it for the 9900K

Case

One of best cases that I have ever built in. Everything was very well thought out; yes it is very similar to the Define R6 but I no longer use 3.5in drives so I prefer this layout to the R6.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you overclocked? If so I'm wondering what your temps are with that aio

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

not yet. I am thinking about switching to a Noctua D15 because I am running into some strange issues with my AIO. Usually my load temps are just under 70 but the last few days I have been seeing spikes up to 92 when rendering videos. The EVGA FlowControl software is not great and half the time it does not show fan speeds. I have adjust settings in the bios but can't seem to get it to work consistently. I am also eyeing the new Meshify C S2; would pair very well with a Noctua D15!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How you like the motherboard? Its on my list of boards I'm looking into.

Yeah I like the new mesh 2. I wasn't a fan of the looks of the original but the 2 is much better looking! I literally just bought the r6 so I'm gonna stick with that.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

so far I am really liking it, no issues at all

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the black or gunmetal version of the S2?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

black, but in the right light the front does look almost like the gunmetal color

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

is the master worth getting over the ultra? I plan on getting a 9700k and overclocking it a bit.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly probably not unless you are going to go with a 9900K

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ty