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i5-9600k build

by Velcade

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 20, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.003 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

I built this computer for my wife for her birthday. She's been wanting a gaming pc ever since I built mine late last year.

I had originally planned to build with the 8600k and the Z370-E board but this motherboard has dropped off the face of the earth so I decided to run 9th gen and take a look at ASUS's new offerings. These new boards are really nice. The all black design makes it fit into any design easily. The included VRM fan was a nice bonus and the new integrated IO shield is an improvement over the 8th gen integrated shield. The m.2 heatsink uses the same screw and standoff as the m.2 drive and it was a little difficult to align all three to screw down the heatsink and make sure the drive was snug. Another issue with the m.2 drive and this board was the ‘auto’ recognition feature between NVME and SATA. Out of the box this board would not recognize the m.2 drive and I had to manually set the condition to SATA before it would read the drive. Since there have been no issues and the MX500 seems to be a rock-solid drive delivering fast performance. The 9600k seems more than capable of handling itself and overclocks easily to 4.6 on all cores. I didn’t really want to push the system as it’s not mine and I wanted reliable performance with minimal heat/noise increase. The Dark Rock 4 cooler seems to be handling the heat generated just fine with temps under load peaking to 68°C.

The Vengeance Pro ram looks really nice. Clock really easily with the XMP profile to their specified 3200mhz. The only downside is that they’re not compatible with aura sync but the corsair software is easy to use and once you set it there’s no need to mess with it again.

The PRIME Ultra Gold PSU is fantastic. The build quality is top notch and the packaging is great. The 12-year warranty is great peace of mind. It’s the perfect fit for this build.

The be quiet! SilentWings 3 fans are so quiet. It’s unbelievable how silent the rig is even under load. It makes me want to switch out the fans in my machine. I can see the different in build quality and performance when you make the jump to $25+ fans.

The PG248QR is a great 1080p 144hz refresh rate monitor. I got it on sale at microcenter and after a little color tweaking it looks great. A nice budget friendly high refresh rate monitor.

I didn't get to take a lot of build pictures, I was trying to hurry and finish before she got home from work

Part Reviews

CPU

A great CPU for general use and gaming. A worthy successor to the 8600k.

CPU Cooler

A HSF that lives up to its name. be quiet! is indeed very quiet and performs very well keeping this 9600k cool under pressure. The fan was a little difficult to get into the fins of the heat sink and the mounting plate could use a little more refinement, I still feel like you need three hands to mount the thing.

Motherboard

Beautiful board. The integrated IO shield is really nice and fits much easier into the case than their 8th gen IO shields. The included VRM fan is a nice touch and the RGB is nice and not over the top.

I did have some issues with the m.2 SATA drive. The Z390-E is supposed to auto detect which type of m.2 you have installed and it wasn't doing that. I had to manually set it to SATA in the bios before the drive would recognize.

Memory

Looks great and clocks to 3200 with ease. Only downside is it's not aura sync compatible.

Storage

Great little guy. It's amazing how small these things are. It booted up just fine and is running great. A nice upgrade and helps keep the build nice and neat without the need for extra cables.

Video Card

Beautiful card. EVGA makes great cards and their 'auto oc' software is great. The overclock is running stable and the temps are fine under load. Only downside is no RGB, so you're stuck with white.

Power Supply

This is one classy power supply. I love everything about it and with the 12-year warranty I shouldn't have to worry about anything for a long while. The crushed velvet bag that comes with it was a nice touch. :)

Operating System

You need it. The usb works great. Wish it was around $50

Case Fan

The be quiet! SilentWings 3 fans are so quiet. It’s unbelievable how silent the rig is even under load. It makes me want to switch out the fans in my own machine. I can see the different in build quality and performance when you make the jump to $25+ fans.

Headphones

Sennheiser has always delivered quality headsets and headphones. This are great. The included cables allow us to switch between the PS4 and PC with ease. The open design and comfortable ear cups allow for extended wear without fatigue.

Comments Sorted by:

xconnor 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

nice build! i've been eyeing that case for while since i got my led fans, how is the building experience?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

If you're going to run an AIO watch for clearance issues with the GPU. Otherwise it's a fantastic case to build in. Very easy to work with. I did pull the front IO and reroute it through a different hole to keep the cables out of the way but other than that it's great.

poc88 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's the best compact mid-tower case IMO, no wasted space!

a6600 2 points 5 months ago

Nice build! Cool 60% keeb, wish I could have seen it in the pics tho. Only see a TKL. +1

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

What 60% keyboard are you talking about?

a6600 2 points 5 months ago

The one in your part list, it's a 60%.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I gotcha. I selected the wrong keyboard. Nice catch.

I do have a 60% board that I use for test boots but it's not wireless.

chrismason285 2 points 4 months ago

Nice build. You can sort of tell from the pics but how's the clearance between the Dark Rock and the RAM slots? Would you be able to add 2 more sticks if you wanted to?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Thanks! You could not fit another stick under the cooler. The fan blocks the closest RAM slot.

I was surprised at how big the cooler was since it isn't the 'pro' but damn does the thing work great. Temps are fantastic and the silentwings fans are stupid quiet.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Do you notice any issues without the mobo fan?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

No issues. I choose not to use it here because I am using a HSF and it blows enough air over the VRM.

If you look at my other build I did install the VRM fan because I went water cooled.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Overall good board too? I ordered one and just wanted to know if there was anything to look out for

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

board is great. my only issue was with my sata m.2 drive but that was fixed easily.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

All I have is an optane module, so I think I should be good. Thanks for the info, enjoy your sweet pc!

tianthedon 1 point 3 months ago

How do you like the keyboard? Wireless and mechanical for only $36?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's not bad. I like the cherry brown keys and the battery life is great. It's my wife's setup so I don't use it too often but when I was setting it up it was nice.

Bitl 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

How has the power supply been working for you?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Seasonic ULTRA prime PSUs are amazing. I'll never buy anything else again.

KoeppColto024470 0 points 5 months ago

So I read your review about it being a worthy sucessor to the 8600K you know the 9600K is just a refresh right its the same amount of cores and threads