Some goals I had when picking the PC components.
Intel and Nvidia (having had AMD for both cpus and gpus over the years I wanted to see what Intel and Nvidia had to offer**)
240hz/fps multiplayer gaming. Also the ability to play any single player game maxed out in quality and my desired resolutions, ranging from 1080p to 4k with gsync.
I wanted to spend about 2500ish on the base pc and then save extra money in the budget for accessories, total budget is 4k.
Air cooled silence. Old PC was so low powered but also extremely quiet. I took this as a challenge to make the new pc as quiet(turned out more quiet) than my old one.
**OLD PC: Hp p7-1254 complete specs in all their glory https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03135882. I did put in an RX 550 because the HD 6630D or whatever in the A6-3620 became legacy components. I also put in the a8-3850 at the same time as the rx 550, both together provided a noticeable increase in usability but the CPU was still very weak. 100% CPU usage to download games at 20mb/s!
About the goals:
I got the 8700k and the RTX 2080. This machine is a beast and does indeed hit 240fps in all the esports titles you can throw at it. 240fps lock in some older titles. Bioshock remastered plays at 240. Necessary? No. Still pretty awesome but this was one mistake I made that I couldn't have known without experiencing it. 240fps is only necessary if you are the pro esports god lol. Although it is amazing in some single player games the amount of game engines that can actually hit 240fps are few and far between. The amount that can hit 100+ all the time however is much higher. If I could have know this at the time of picking parts I would have gone with a 144hz 2K IPS display to make more sense for the type of games I play.
I need to take new pictures. I have redone the filters on the front case panel. I have also redone the fan orientations probably 50 times. My current configuration of fans leaves every intake filtered by the DustEND G3 black filters. Despite the restrictive filters current orientation of fans gives me near open side panel temperatures(+1.5C on average). Gpu intakes get direct cold air. Cpu intakes get direct cold air. All fans turn at ~900rpm until 60C when they will ramp up to 1000rpm. 200mm fan runs at 600rpm and goes to 700rpm.
TL:DR backstory. Been gaming since the early 90s started with Super Nintendo. Been primarily a console gamer but have dabbled in pc gaming on and off over the years. I've been used to 30-60fps console gaming for years but after getting into Super Smash Bros competitively this made me think more about the competitive nature of multiplayer games outside of the fighting genre. I was recently given the opportunity to build my dream pc and this is what I came up with.
As a first time builder I must say the process is user friendly with the amount of YouTube guides available.
THE RTX 2080
Going from the RX 550 a8-3850 combo, to the 8700k rtx2080 combo is godlike at minimum. I love graphics, features, etc. I can max even the experimental options out and can finally experience physx in borderlands 2 one of my all time favorite games. I was going to get a 1080ti but realized that even if the rtx 2080 can only play 1080p ultra 30fps with ray tracing on I'll gladly take it as the experience will be no doubt smoother than the rx 550 provides without ray tracing and I can really only compare it to that first hand.
-side note: Gsync is outstanding 10/10 Gysnc is better than any other feature on the monitor. I couldn't recommend a form a variable refresh rate technology more. Freesync or gsync this is game changing to the gaming experience.
I don't know and never really found out enough about what makes a mother board $600 vs 150$ other than lots of ports, I/O, or really fancy audio, extra shielding, power delivery, and heat spreaders. Even now after all the research I'm not sure what makes a mobo that expensive. I went with the TUF series because it seemed rugged or at least the advertising made me feel that way lol
^^ I would have gotten a slightly better motherboard with more bios control. There is some level of spread spectrum that I cannot disable and as a result cannot hit 4.9 exact but 4.895Ghz. It's a small thing but I've seen exact numbers in benches and I should have researched motherboards a bit more.
Prime titanium Power supply has more whine than the 2080 which is very quite(can only hear the whine with my ear directly next to it, so basically no whine at all) the power supply I can hear from 6 or so inches away but obviously both these cases are extreme and the pitch of either is never heard. Other than than that the power supply is silent. I run with hybrid mode off(fan always on).
nVME PCI VS SATA I went with the cheapest 1tb sata m.2 drive I could find and its working wonderfully the whole pc takes about 12-18 seconds to start and instantly be usable. Took 6 minutes on the Hp p7-1254.
Took ages to dial in a stable overclock but finally I have. 4.9Ghz 1.24Vcore. 1.1 VCCsa, 1.1 VCCio. CPU Games in the 40-50s in gpu intensive games and 60s to low 70s in cpu intensive games. CPU temps r15 low 60s CPU temps r20 mid 70s.
When not at full power draw 260W+ my custom fan curve has the 3 fans spinning @1500rpm up to ~230W power draw this fan speed will keep it below 68C. At 68C another 200rpm for 1700rpm on each fan. Then at 70C 2000RPM.
Doom 4K(260W according to hwinfo64) GPU fans @2000rpm | 21C ambient temp | GPU 68-69C.
Even with the fans all at 2000rpm each with the speakers on and a game like Doom going its hard to hear the card in the case. For example the dishwasher/AC/Pellet stove are far louder than the graphics card fans.
Added a 1TB 860evo for more games!
Graphics card is extremely heavy. It did come with its own support brace. I've seen review articles, reviewers and videos showing it not really support the card or people saying it supports nothing. Not to call out but It's been installed wrong in everyone one of those "doesn't support the card" reviews. If you tighten the brace angled slightly upward and slightly higher than where it needs to be the brace itself will tighten down and align just right. Zero graphics card sag on the gpu.
Dustendg3 filters can be gently cleaned with soap and water despite manufacturer saying they should be replaced when dirty.
Went from the first line of AMD llano core APUs, the A8-3850, to this monster. I've never been able to have more things open and still have the computer act like nothing is open. What is this magic? I actually find myself still closing things I don't need to in order to do another task like on my old cpu!
-Runs hot like they say, hit 5ghz no problem. 4 stars because intel tim is doodoo|
Update: Yikes above that was with AUTO overclocking on the board. Don't use that. Got a golden chip honestly. 4.9Ghz 1.24vcore. Used Der8auer's overclocking guide. Can do 5.1Ghz at 1.35vcore but then it does run hotter. With my 4.9Ghz overclock can run silent fan curves and keep it high 60s low 70s C in cpu intensive games and below 60C in gpu intensive games. Gets Cinebench R15 scores at 4.9Ghz around 1650s with priority on real-time. Finally keeping many things open at once.
Silent in my case. Comfortably loud when at full. This cooler works so well the curve I've got is silent when gaming on an 8700k and my temps only hit 60s when gaming for an hour!
+1 from certain angles it looks like an engine lol
Super tough lol, the front IO of my enthoo pro, the usb 3.1 connector. It was so solidly connected to the plastic of the slot on the board it ripped it off the board when I was doing cable management and had to unplug it. I had to guide the plastic shroud back over the pins and 2 tries resulted in two different types of bends, a kink and a flatten, but I was able to take small jewelry pliers and position the pins back straight, the plastic guide went back on the third try, no bent pins and the front IO of the case works just fine.
Wasn't going to get RGB anything until I got the MSI Gaming X Trio 2080 and decided that at least one other thing should have some RGB. I wanted 3200mhz but the 3600mhz was on sale so it was a no brainer to just grab the higher overclockable memory. After some bios setting it hit 3600mhz with literally no more effort than a few clicks.
I don't care about rgb all that much but damn the lighting effects are cool, also has a music mode
Cheap awesome fast! How much more do you want. Idk how hot ssds are supposed to run but this thing runs from 30C to 70C but when I touch it inside the case it never feels that hot....
Works awesome and is also quite. I've got some old hard drives still from my ancient PC and they are disgustingly loud in comparison to this thing I had no idea how quiet hard drives had become.
I guess they work faster the more you access the same data, repeated launchings of GTA V boot much faster than my ps4.
WOW! I've never owned anything like this so I'm probably biased and the only dedicated GPU I've owned to compare it to is an RX550. But in direct comparison to that my RX 550 idled at about 38-42C and the RTX 2080 idles at 37-40C. Idk how you can pack that much more power into a card and come up with a cooling solution better than the rx 550 being only 35W card lol. Hottest I ever got the rx 550 was 72C when gaming and the hottest I've gotten the GTX 2080 is 69C. I'm more of a quality over frames person when it comes to the single player experience but now getting to experience both is just next level.
Update: Repasted GPU with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Shaved a few degrees off idle down to 32-38C. I use a custom fan curve to keep the GPU below 70. 1500rpm both fans until 68*C then 1700 until 70 when it hits 2000rpm on both fans. This will keep the card at 68-69C pulling 260-270W. Room temp 21.1C
Would be 5/5 if the usb 3.1 connector for the front panel was a little less "snappy" what I mean by that is the plug fit so freaking securely into my mother board when doing cable management it actually ripped off the plastic shroud around the pins on the usb plug in on the mother board when I tried to unplug it. All is well and everything went back together after some pain but the front IO still works just fine.
-A breeze to build in, amazing air flow
Modular design was amazing to work with. Everything about the PSU, cables and all, are conveniently labeled making installing a breeze. Cables are long enough and fit great inside my enthoo pro case
this is the only part in my pc that makes audible clicking noises and when I first put it in I thought something broke! Other than that works great and I have legacy cd games lol
Honestly I like windows 10 over 7.
-10000000 for integrating cortana
Custom silent fan curve and even at sub 1000rpm still able to handle all heat thrown at it.
The pitch is pleasant but the noise level is a bit much at max rpm to run these beasts full tilt. I should mention despite the low 800-900rpm I have them set to they are directly up against DustEND G3 air filters(which claims to filter dust down to 5 micron). Even with the massive restriction of the DustEND air filters they still mange to keep all components cool. The way I have fans set up my gpu gets near open case temperatures despite every intake fan having the air filters. Good fans.
Be it the cpu, gpu, or this monitor, or the combination of all 3. I no longer lose peak shots by lagging behind the in game peak in multiplayer games. Before my pc would show I peaked ages after I really did making me die almost everytime in this type of senario. Tracking and shooting on this monitor is amazing.
10/10 Gsync is awesome! I have never experienced borderlands 2 so smooth.
Researched cherry mx switches. cherry mx browns sounded like they would fit my needs. They are amazing! I can type without that harsh click but still get that clicky feel. LED effects are red only but has a mode that highlights the last key you pressed I love it.
the weights included are awesome. tracking with this mouse is way too smooth. I thought I might accidentally click the two buttons right next to the left click but I never do.
No problems yet worked without a hitch. Looks awesome. And being able to stream low latency from console games like smash ultimate coming soon is really cool.